More than 1,600 Beatles fans came together in song Friday in Liverpool, England, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Fab Four's first single, "Love Me Do." A group of 1,631 gathered at the city's Albert Dock just before noon and participated in a sing-along of "Love Me Do," in the process setting a world record for the most people singing in a round.
A wide variety of local choir members, as well as students and international tourists, took part in the fun. Guinness World Records was on hand to confirm the milestone, which broke the previous mark of 897 set in Chicago in 2011. At that event, the tune was "Danke Schoen," which was sung to mark the 25th anniversary of the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The Liverpool sing-along was organized by the local Beatles Story museum, and kicked off the three-day Love Me Do Weekend campaign, which will include a variety of celebratory events and promotions around the city.
"What a magnificent way for Liverpool to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut single of the world's most influential group," says Jerry Goldman, The Beatles Story's managing director, about the record-setting performance. "The choirs were amazing, the schools were superb and the people who traveled from all over the world to be part of this event did us all proud."
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