The Beatles -- ‘She Loves You’

She Loves You (2.21)

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

John, Paul and George Martin at EMI StudiosWith George Martin at EMI – 1 Jul ’63Photo: Terry O’Neill

They wrote this in the Turk’s Hotel, after a concert at the Majestic Ballrooms.

“There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time [‘Forget Him’],” said Paul. “And, as often happens, you think of one song when you’re writing another. I’d planned on doing an ‘answering song’ where a couple of us would sing ‘She Loves You’ and the other ones would answer ‘yeah yeah’. We decided in the end that that was a crummy idea, but at least we then had the idea of a song called ‘She Loves You’. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it – John and I, sitting on our twin beds with guitars. I suppose the most interesting thing about it was that it was a message song, it was someone bringing a message. It wasn’t us any more, it was moving off the ‘I love you, girl’ and ‘love me …

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TV recording She Loves You (2.50)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John / Paul
  • Composed: 26th June 1963
  • ‘Anthology 1’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 1 album – 21 Nov ’95
    ‘Anthology 1’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 1 album – 21 Nov ’95
  • Recorded:
    4 Nov ’63 – Prince of Wales Theatre
  • Programme:
    The Royal Variety Performance – ATV
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.
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Live version She Loves You (2.31)

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