Happy Anniversary to The Beatles “Love Me Do” – check out some art by Jamie Lee

"Love Me Do" - The Beatles - art by Jamie Lee

Today, 5th October 2024, marks the 61st anniversary of the release of “Love Me Do” by The Beatles, so what better way to mark it than to highlight art by Jamie Lee?

Created in comic book style last year, Jamie says this pop art painting of the musical legends is based on early black and white photo of the Fab Four.

“I used the colours from their Sergeant Peppers uniforms to bring the two ends of their career into one image,” he says, “[of] John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr singing the song ‘Love Me Do’.”

“Love Me Do” was the official debut single by The Beatles, backed by “P.S. I Love You”. When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom on 5th October 1962, it peaked at number 17. It was released in the United States in 1964, where it became a number one hit. Re-released in 1982 as part of EMI’s Beatles 20th anniversary, it re-entered the UK charts and peaked at Number Four.

A single record, "Love Me Do," Parlophone Records, 1962, signed on the A-side label in blue ballpoint pen by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Sold by Bonhams at auction in 2021 for $20,312.50

A signed copy by all four Beatles of the 1962 single sold for over $20,000 in 2021, through Bonhams.

As well as being celebrated in art countless times, The Beatles have featured in several comic autobiographies, including The Beatles Story, by Angus Allan and Arthur Ranson, first published in Look-In, The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays by Jason Quinn and Sachin Nagar, Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band by Mauri Kunnas, The Beatles in Comics by Michels Mabel and various artists, Paul is Dead: When the Beatles Lost McCartney, by Paolo Baron and Ernesto Carbonetti, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, and Yellow Submarine, by Bill Morrison, the latter going on to become a touring exhibition first seen at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival last year.

Jamie Lee is a British artist, living and working in southern Paraguay, in South America.

“I came to paint a mural, and didn’t stop until I’d painted more than 500,” he says. “The style I honed with the murals, combined with years of creating vector illustrations which I sell through Getty Images, morphed into my canvas work, and now it’s my goal to paint perfectly sharp lines, without hint or trace of brushstroke, almost vector-like in quality, onto stretched canvas.”

Check out The Beatles – Love Me Do (2022) by Jamie Lee

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“Love Me Do” art © Jamie Lee | With thanks to Tim Quinn for the reminder

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