The Beatles -- ‘Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand’

German language version of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (2.26)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar, hand claps; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar, hand claps; George Harrison: Lead guitar, hand claps; Ringo Starr: Drums, hand claps;

The German arm of EMI was convinced that the only way they were going to shift Beatles records in the Fatherland was for them to re-record them in German. The Beatles hated the idea but George Martin managed to badger them into giving it a go.

The Beatles weren’t entirely new to German of course, because they’d spent a considerable part of their youth entertaining the locals in Hamburg. But when it came to the recording date the band were nowhere to be seen…

“I didn’t really expect them to be on time,” explained Martin, “but after an hour had gone by I decided to ring their hotel. None of them would come to the phone. Neil Aspinall had been deputed to do the talking, and he informed me that they had decided that, after all, they did not want to record and would not be …

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