All My Loving (Lennon/McCartney)

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All My Loving (Lennon/McCartney)

“A damn good piece of work” is what John called Paul’s All My Loving, which was written as a poem for his new girlfriend Jane Asher while Paul was shaving. Paul later commented that it was the first song he wrote where he had the words written before the tune.

Hi-hat intro version

At least four European albums feature a different mix known as the “hi-hat intro” version, in which the song begins with 5 hi-hat taps and a sharp intake of breath on the right channel. These albums are With The BeatlesThe Beatles’ GreatestThe World’s Best (all German), and The Beatles’ Greatest (Holland).

Recording dates

  • July 30, 1963 (13 takes; basic track)
  • August 30, 1963 (mixing)
  • October 29, 1963 (mixing)

BBC Performances

See THERE WILL BE A SHOW TONIGHT: The BBC Performances for complete information on BBC performances and recordings

  • Saturday Club – recorded December 17, 1963, broadcast December 21, 1963
  • From Us To You – recorded December 18, 1963, broadcast December 26, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)
  • Saturday Club – recorded January 7, 1964, broadcast February 15, 1964
  • From Us To You – recorded February 28, 1964, broadcast March 30, 1964 and released on Live At The BBC (1994)

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – backing and harmony vocals and lead guitar
  • John Lennon – harmony vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums

Release history