“All My Loving” is a Fab Four song from their 1963 album, “With The Beatles”. However, there are a couple of different versions to the song we know and love.
Release Date: 22nd November, 1963
Recorded: 30th July, 1963
Studio: EMI studios, London
Genre: Rock pop
Track Duration: 2:04
Record Label: Parlophone (UK) Capitol 72144 (Canada)
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
All My Loving
Paul McCartney wrote “All My Loving” like a “piece of poetry” and then put a song to it later. He later says that he wrote it while travelling on a tour bus. Then at the destination point, on a piano backstage. Indeed, it was the first time that Paul McCartney wrote the words first. Of course, normally he had instruments to accompany the composition. He also thought it might end up like a country and western song. But obviously, the Fab Four stamped their own style on it.
Paul McCartney’s Words
“It was the first song I’d ever written the words first. I never wrote words first, it was always some kind of accompaniment, I’ve hardly ever done it since either. We were on a tour bus going to a gig and so I started with the words. I had in mind a little country and western song.
We played the Moss Empire circuit a lot, and there were always these nice big empty backstage areas. The places have all become bingo halls now. We arrived at the gig and I remember being in one of these big backstage areas and there was a piano there so I’d got my instrument. I didn’t have a guitar, it was probably with our road manager, and I remember working the tune out to it on the piano. It was a good show song, it worked well live.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
Although not released as a single in the UK or US, “All My Loving” did become the title of an EP in those countries. Of course, they didn’t consider it good practice to release a single from the albums in the 1960s. However, it was a single in Canada where it made number one in the charts. But, the Americans imported the Canadian single in such numbers that it did manage to break into the top 40.
Meanwhile, in Australia, where the fans were some of the most passionate on Earth, it also reached the number one spot.
The Beatles recorded the song on 30 July 1963 with 11 takes but there was no take 5. They then considered take 11 to be the master take suitable to become the rhythm track for three subsequent overdubs. Mixing also began on the 21st August for the mono version and 29th October for the stereo version. However, during the sixties, a slightly longer stereo version hit Europe as a bootleg copy.
They used Studio Two of the Abbey Road Studios, London, during the 5.00pm-11.00 pm session. In fact, they were also recording in the same studio between 10.00 am-1.30 pm too. On this day, The Beatles managed to complete “Please Mister Postman“, “It Won’t Be Long“, “Money (That’s What I Want)“, “Till There Was You” and “Roll Over Beethoven“.
When The Beatles made an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show on the 9th February, 1964, they sang “All My Loving” first. So, this version appears on their 1995 album, “Anthology 1”.
In the early 1960s, when Beatlemania was taking root, The Beatles would obviously take advantage of more airtime on BBC Radio. So they would record shows which gave them extra publicity. In this case, they recorded the song four times for BBC Radio programmes. The version of “All My Loving” on their 1994 album, “Live At The BBC”, comes from a recording on 28 February, 1964 for airing on the “From Us To You” show on 30 March.