She Loves You (1963)

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The Beatles.

The Beatles are perhaps the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful popular music bands in history. Their highly influential music and style revolutionized the music industry in the 1960s, and they continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements and role in the history of popular music.

"She Loves You"
was recorded on July 1, 1963, with Paul McCartney (born James Paul McCartney June 18, 1942) on vocal and bass, John Lennon (born John Winston Lennon October 9, 1940, died December 8, 1980) on vocal and rhythm guitar, George Harrison (born February 24, 1943, died November 29, 2001) on harmony vocal and lead guitar and Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey July 7, 1940) on drums.

Oddly, Electrola Gesellschaft, the German division of EMI (the parent of The Beatles' British record label, Parlophone Records), felt the only way to sell Beatles records in Germany was to rerecord them in German.  The Beatles hated the idea, but were forced to comply, recording "Sie Liebt Dich" on January 29, 1964, along with a few other German versions of their songs, at the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris.

In October 2005, Uncut Magazine ranked "She Loves You" at #3 on their list of songs that changed the world, behind Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone".

Chart position:
#1 (US).

"She Loves You"
was #1 for two weeks in March 1964. It was preceded at #1 by "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Beatles) and succeeded by "Can't Buy Me Love" (Beatles).

During the week of April 4, 1964, they occupied the Top 5 in the US (#1: "Can't Buy Me Love", #2: "Twist and Shout", #3: "She Loves You", #4: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and #5: "Please Please Me",) the only group in the history of music to achieve that.  They also had 7 other charting songs (#31: "I Saw Her Standing There", #41: "From Me to You", #46: "Do You Want to Know A Secret?", #58: "All My Loving", #65: "You Can't Do That", and #68: "Roll Over Beethoven",) totaling 12 songs on the charts that week, a feat never matched before or since.

Written by:
John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Lennon and McCartney are two of the most popular composers and singers of popular music. Paul McCartney is listed in the Guinness World Records as the most successful composer in popular music history, with a record twenty-nine US number one singles (twenty of them with The Beatles, the rest with his group Wings and as a solo artist). McCartney has written/co-written credit on over 50 top ten hits, more than any other songwriter.

The duo wrote "She Loves You" in the Beatles' hotel room after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle, England while on tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers.  It was inspired by Bobby Rydell's "Forget Him" as an answer song. 

The "Yeah, yeah, yeah's" were added just before the song was completed, becoming the subject of controversy.  McCartney's father objected, suggesting they change it to the better sounding (in his opinion) "yes, yes, yes."

During recording, George Martin, The Beatles' producer, didn't agree with Lennon and McCartney about the ending chord.  Martin felt that a G major 6th was "too jazzy".  They agreed to try something else once, and all three agreed it wasn't as good.  Martin later said, "I told them it was corny.  I told them Glenn Miller was doing it twenty years ago. But they said, 'So what?' That was what they wanted."

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