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She Loves You

The history of this classic Beatles song

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The original Parlophone release

The original Parlophone release

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She Loves You

Written by: John Lennon (50%) and Paul McCartney (50%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded: July 1st, 1963 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: July 4th, 1963
Length: 2:19
Takes: unknown
Musicians: John Lennon: lead vocal, rhythm guitars (1958 Rickenbacker 325, Gibson J160E)
Paul McCartney: lead vocal, bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1)
George Harrison: lead guitar (Gretsch 6122 "Country Gentleman")
Ringo Starr: drums (Ludwig)
First released: August 23, 1963 (UK: Parlophone R5055), September 16, 1963 (US: Swan 4152)
Available on: (CDs in bold)
  • Past Masters Volume 1, (UK: Parlophone CDP 7 90043 2, US: Capitol CDP 7 90043 2)
  • The Beatles' Second Album, (US: Capitol (S)T 2080, Capitol CDP 7243 8 66877 2 2}
  • The Beatles Million Sellers, (UK: Parlophone GEP 8946}
  • The Beatles 1962-1966, (UK: Apple PCSP 717, US: Apple SKBO 3403, Apple CDP 0777 7 97036 2 3}
  • The Beatles 1, (Apple CDP 7243 5 299702 2}
Highest chart position: 1 (UK: September 13, 1963; November 20, 1963), 1 (US: March 26, 1964)
History:
  • Written on June 29th, 1963, at either the Imperial or (more likely) the Royal Turk's Head Hotel in Newcastle, England, while on tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
  • Inspired by Bobby Rydell's "Forget Him," Paul had the idea to write a song where he would convince John, in duet form, that some unnamed girl truly loved him. That idea was quickly rejected in favor of a song where John and Paul, singing together, both convince some unseen third party.
  • The last chord of this song is a jazzy sixth chord, instead of the normal major key with which a pop single would normally end. Producer George Martin objected, but the band insisted, and the odd chord stayed.
  • The original stereo master of this song has, somehow, been lost to history. Therefore, it has never been released in stereo, one of only four Beatles songs to have this distinction (the others being "Love Me Do," "I'll Get You," and "P.S. I Love You."
Live versions: February 9, 1964 (Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, NY, The Ed Sullivan Show), February 11, 1964 (Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C), February 12, 1964 (Carnegie Hall, New York), February 16, 1964 (Deauville Hotel, Miami, FL, for broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show), June 4, 1964 (K.B. Hallen Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark), June 6, 1964 (Veilinghal, Blokker, The Netherlands), June 12-13, 1964 (Centennial Hall, Adelaide, Australia), June 15-17, 1964 (Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia), August 21st, 1964 (Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA), August 22, 1964 (Empire Stadium, Vancouver, BC), August 23, 1964 (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA), September 2, 1964 (Convention Hall, Philadelphia, PA), September 3, 1964 (State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis, IN)
BBC versions: 13 (for the BBC radio programs Pop Go The Beatles, Saturday Club, The Ken Dodd Show, Easy Beat, and From Us To You
Trivia:
  • This was the first Beatles song properly credited to "Lennon/McCartney"; previous singles had been credited to "McCartney/Lennon."
  • Paul's father, angry that his boy was singing improper English, actually lobbied him to change the song's famous "Yeah, yeah, yeah" refrain to "Yes, yes, yes." The inclusion of "yeah" did actually result in some negative reviews.
  • Against the band's better judgement, they consented to re-record this song in German as "Sie Liebt Dich," ostensibly as a thank-you to fans for the Hamburg days but actually to reach the German market more easily.
  • The Beatles received their first national US exposure through this song, via a performance clip shown on the Jack Paar show on January 3, 1964.
  • This was the biggest-selling single for fourteen years in the UK, and remains the biggest Beatles song of all time in Britain (ironically beaten out by Paul McCartney and Wings' "Mull Of Kintyre"). Swan licensed out the song in late 1963, urged on by a frustrated Brian Epstein, who could not convince Capitol to release Beatles singles in the US. Amazingly, it flopped.
  • Ozzy Osbourne claims this is the first record he ever purchased.
Covered by: Chet Atkins, Count Basie, Freddy Cannon, The Chipmunks, The Crickets, John Denver, Funkadelic, George Martin, Peter Sellers, Bobby Vee
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