If I Fell

“If I Fell” is a Beatles’ song from their 1964 album, “A Hard Day’s Night”, of course. However, it also appears in the film of the same name too.

In Detail

Albums

Release Date: 10th July, 1964
Recorded: 27th February, 1964
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Pop
Track Duration: 2:22
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Performers

John Lennon: lead and backing vocals, also the acoustic rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: lead vocal, also the bass guitar
George Harrison: twelve-string lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Track Sources

A Hard Day’s Night
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2

If I Fell

If I Fell is a Beatles' song from their album, A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day’s Night Album (1964)
If I Fell is a Beatles' song which also appears on their album, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 Album (2013)

Written by John Lennon but credits go to the songwriting partnership of Lennon-McCartney, this was Lennon attempting to compose a ballad.

“That’s my first attempt to write a ballad proper. That was the precursor to In My Life. It has the same chord sequence as In My Life: D and B minor and E minor, those kinds of things. And it’s semi-autobiographical, but not consciously. It shows that I wrote sentimental love ballads, silly love songs, way back when.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Although Lennon is claiming the song, Paul McCartney says it was a joint effort:

“People tend to forget that John wrote some pretty nice ballads. People tend to think of him as an acerbic wit and aggressive and abrasive, but he did have a very warm side to him really which he didn’t like to show too much in case he got rejected. We wrote If I Fell together but with the emphasis on John because he sang it. It was a nice harmony number, very much a ballad.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

The Beatles would sing “If I Fell” as part of their live act onstage during 1964. Having sung many rock and roll songs as part of their live repertoire, they would sing this song slightly faster than it otherwise should be.

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “If I Fell” on the 27th February, 1964, in Studio Two at the EMI Studios, London, during the 2.30pm-5.30pm session. They recorded 15 takes with the last one of those becoming the master copy. This version graces the 1964 album, “A Hard Day’s Night”.

This song also appears in the 1964 film, “A Hard Day’s Night”. This is the part of the film where they are setting up the stage for the live concert. It is a memorable scene because John Lennon sings it to the glum looking drummer, Ringo Starr.

The Fab Four also recorded the song for the BBC Radio show, “Top Gear”, airing on the 16th July, 1964. This version, recorded on the 14th July, appears on their 2013 album, “On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2”. They recorded the song twice for BBC Radio but as yet only one version is commercially available.

Author: Bobby

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