Hold Me Tight

To begin with, “Hold Me Tight” is a Fab Four song from their 1963 album, “With The Beatles”.

In Detail


Release Date: 22nd November, 1963
Recorded: 11th February, 12th September, 1963
Genre: Rock and roll
Track Duration: 2:32
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith


Paul McCartney: vocal, bass, handclaps

Hold Me Tight is a Fab Four song from their 1963 album, With The Beatles

With The Beatles Album (1963)

John Lennon: harmony vocal, rhythm guitar, handclaps
George Harrison: backing vocal, lead guitar, handclaps
Ringo Starr: drums, handclaps

Track Source

With The Beatles

Hold Me Tight

Written mostly by Paul McCartney in 1961, the credits go to Lennon-McCartney, of course. Although the band were not too keen on this song, it was part of their live stage act until 1963.

“That was Paul’s. Maybe I stuck some bits in there – I don’t remember. It was a pretty poor song and I was never really interested in it either way.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

“When we first started it was all singles and we were always trying to write singles, That’s why you get lots of these two minute 30 second songs; they all came out the same length. Hold Me Tight was a failed attempt at a single which then became an acceptable album filler.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

On the actual recording, there is a hint of Paul McCartney being out of tune while it is evident there is also a lack of bass. If they valued the song and put in a little more effort, this track would have been more than just a filler song. It’s tuneful and certainly catchy so well worth its place on the “With The Beatles” album from 1963.

Recording Studio

On the 11th February, 1963, The Beatles recorded “Hold Me Tight” as well as 10 tracks for their debut album, “Please Please Me“. Although they recorded 13 takes that day, none survived from that recording session. This is because they didn’t need the song and not as a result of destroying the takes after creating a final mix. Besides, by now they stopped those practices which were the norm the year before.

Come the 12th September, and the band were looking for material for their second album, “With The Beatles”. This is when the band recorded “Hold Me Tight” for a second time during the 2.30pm-6.30 pm session. They recorded nine takes (numbered 20-29) with the master take being a blend of takes 26 and 29. They then varispeeded it up a semitone to F major.

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