Please Mister Postman (2:32)

Cover of Please Please Me

From Please Please Me and 17 other releases

“Please Mr. Postman” is the debut single by The Marvelettes for the Tamla (Motown) label, notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. The single achieved this position in late 1961; it hit number-one on the R&B chart as well.[1] “Please Mr. Postman” became a number-one hit again in early 1975, when The Carpenters’ cover of the song also reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100.

“Please Mr. Postman” has been covered frequently, including a version by The Beatles on their With The Beatles album. Sung by John Lennon, their version reverses the genders. The Beatles included “Please Mister Postman” as part of their live act in 1962, performing it regularly at the Cavern Club. By the time it was recorded for their second album, With The Beatles, it had been dropped from their set, and required some work in the studio to bring it up to an acceptable standard. Ian MacDonald criticised their version for having a “wall of sound” and for a “general airlessness.”

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