The Beatles -- ‘Sie Liebt Dich’

German language version of ‘She Loves You’ Sie Liebt Dich (2.19)

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

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.

George Martin picks up the tale…

“The boys were enjoying their new life, and tasting their first fruits of success, and I had asked them to appear at the EMI studios. I got there with this German fellow, who came to coach them with the language, but when the time came there was no sign of them – at all! I …

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