Ask Me WhyWritten by: John Lennon (70%) and Paul McCartney (30%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney)Recorded: November 26th, 1962 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)Mixed: November 30th, 1962; February 25th, 1963
Musicians: John Lennon: lead vocal, rhythm guitar (1958 Rickenbacker 325Paul McCartney: bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1), backing vocals
George Harrison: lead guitar (Gibson J160E), backing vocals
Ringo Starr: drums (Premier)
First released: January 11, 1963 (UK: Parlophone 45-R 4983) (b-side to "Please Please Me"), February 25th, 1963 (US: Vee-Jay VJ-498) (b-side to "Please Please Me")
- A formula song, as the band has itself admitted, but important for one aspect: it's the first appearance on record of a song truly written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney together at the same time.
- This was recorded at the June 6, 1962 audition featuring Pete Best as the group's drummer, but that recording has been lost to history.