PS I Love You

“PS I Love You” is the B-side to The Beatles’ debut single, “Love Me Do”. However, the song is also on their debut album, “Please Please Me” from 1963.

In Detail

Albums/Single/EP

Release Date: 5th October, 1962 (UK), 27th April, 1964 (US)
Recorded: 11th September, 1962
Studio: Abbey Road, London
Format: 7-inch single (B-side) (A-side being “Love Me Do“)
Genre: Merseybeat, pop
Track Duration: 2:06
Label: Parlophone R4949 (UK), Tollie 9008 (US)
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: Ron Richards
Engineer: Norman Smith

Performers

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass
John Lennon: acoustic rhythm guitar, backing vocals
George Harrison: acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Ringo Starr: maracas
Andy White: drums

Track Sources

7″ Single (B-side to Love Me Do)
Please Please Me
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2

PS I Love You

Paul McCartney wrote the song while he was in Hamburg, Germany. Although some folk think he wrote it for then-girlfriend Dot Rhone, McCartney distances himself from that theory:

“It’s just an idea for a song really, a theme song based on a letter, like the Paperback Writer idea.

It was pretty much mine. I don’t think John had much of a hand in it. There are certain themes that are easier than others to hang a song on, and a letter is one of them. ‘Dear John’ is the other version of it. The letter is a popular theme and it’s just my attempt at one of those. It’s not based in reality, nor did I write it to my girlfriend from Hamburg, which some people think.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

PS I Love You - B-side to Love Me Do from The Beatles in 1962
PS I Love You (Single) (1962)
PS I Love You is a Beatles' song also on their album Please Please Me
Please Please Me Album (1963)
All My Loving EP with Ask Me Why, Money (That's What I Want) and P.S. I Love You
All My Loving (EP) (1964)
PS I Love You is a song by The Beatles - radio version is also on their album On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 Album (2013)

John Lennon’s Words

“That’s Paul’s song. He was trying to write a Soldier Boy like The Shirelles. He wrote that in Germany or when we were going to and from Hamburg. I might have contributed something. I can’t remember anything in particular. It was mainly his song.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “PS I Love You” on the 11th September, 1962, at the EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London. They recorded ten takes during the 10 am – 1 pm session.

George Martin wasn’t at the studio at the time of recording. He wasn’t even aware that Ringo Starr joined The Beatles as a replacement for Pete Best. Martin thought that Pete Best shouldn’t be the drummer on the day having heard the band previously, so they hired session drummer, Andy White, to play the drums.

Ron Richards was covering for George Martin on the day. Meanwhile, Ringo Starr’s job was to play the maracas after the producers had concerns over his previous drumming sessions on the 4th September.

For the Beatlemaniacs, there is also a version of “PS I Love You” on their 2013 album, “On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2”. Of course, that version is from their early BBC Radio appearances. In fact, this version was on their “Pop Go The Beatles” show from the 25th June, 1963 (recorded 17th June). They recorded the song another two times for those early BBC Radio programmes.

Master Tape Erased

The usual procedure at the EMI Studios in 1962 was to erase the original two-track tapes once they had the mono mix. They then used the mono mix to press the records. Therefore, the original two-track session tapes for two Beatles’ singles are no longer available. As well as “P.S. I Love You” the original master for “Love Me Do”, “She Loves You“, and “I’ll Get You” is only a mono mix version.

Even with modern-day technology it would be almost impossible to separate the vocals and instruments in order to create a stereo mix. However, we don’t know what the future might hold for recordings such as these.

Author: Bobby

I have been a Beatles fan since the early 1960s so I speak from my heart and soul. It was a pleasure to accept the role of Admin on The Beatles Forum when we left our old site. If you feel that something needs correcting with the information I provide, please contact me.

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