She Loves You (Lennon/McCartney)

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She Loves You (Lennon/McCartney)

Stereo remix variations and problems

The master tape is believed stolen or wiped and records do not show take or edit information, but obvious edits can be heard at certain points of the song, most notably at the line, “pride can hurt you too.” Studio manipulation on earlier releases, both mono and stereo, cause the edit to become much more pronounced as the cymbals become loud and overly compressed. Peter Mew’s restoration made for the 1992 Compact Disc EP Collection corrected these problems and has been the basis for releases of the song since.

Quotes

“We went into the living room (and said) ‘Dad, listen to this. What do you think? And he said ‘That’s very nice son, but there’s enough of these Americanisms around. Couldn’t you sing ‘She loves you, yes, yes, yes!’. At which point we collapsed in a heap and said ‘No, Dad, you don’t quite get it!'” – Paul, on playing She Loves You for his father for the first time.

“We took it to George Martin and sang ‘She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeeeeeaah …’ and that tight little sixth cluster we had at the end. George (Martin) said, ‘It’s very corny, I would never end on a sixth’. But we said ‘It’s such a great sound, it doesn’t matter'” – Paul, on the song’s final note

“I was setting up the microphone when I first saw the lyrics on the music stand, ‘She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, Yeah!’ I thought, Oh my God, what a lyric! This is going to be one that I do not like. But when they started to sing it—bang, wow, terrific, I was up at the mixer jogging around.” – Engineer Norman Smith

BBC Performances

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

  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded July 16, 1963, broadcast August 13, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded July 16, 1963, broadcast August 20, 1963
  • Saturday Club – recorded July 30, 1963, broadcast August 24, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded August 1, 1963, broadcast August 27, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded September 3, 1963, broadcast September 10, 1963 and September 24, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)
  • Saturday Club – recorded September 7, 1963, broadcast October 5, 1963 and December 21, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013) and On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2 (2013)
  • Easy Beat – recorded October 16, 1963, broadcast October 20, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)
  • Ken Dodd Show – recorded October 9, 1963, broadcast November 3, 1963
  • From Us To You – recorded December 18, 1963, broadcast December 26, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)

Personnel

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

Release history

Chart performance

  • #1, September 12 – October 9, November 28 & December 5 (6 weeks), Record Retailer (UK)
  • #1, March 21 & March 28, 1964 (2 weeks), Billboard (US)