I Need You

“I Need You” is a Beatles’ song that appears on their 1965 album, “Help!” It also appears in the film of the same name.

In Detail


Publisher: Northern Songs
Released: 6th August, 1965
Recorded: 15th, 16th February, 1965
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Pop rock
Track Duration: 2:28
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriter: George Harrison
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith


I Need You is a Beatles' song from their 1965 album, Help!

Help! Album (1965)

George Harrison: double-tracked vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, also a twelve-string lead guitar
John Lennon: harmony vocal, also the snare drum
Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, also the bass guitar
Ringo Starr: acoustic guitar percussion as well as a cowbell

** Indeed, the above unusual arrangement come from George Martin’s notes

Track Source


I Need You

Written by George Harrison, “I Need You” was his second composition on a Beatles’ album. In this case it appears on The Beatles’ fifth studio album, “Help!” Harrison’s first composition on a Fab Four album was “Don’t Bother Me” on the 1963 release of “With The Beatles“.

It was also the second video recording featuring Harrison singing in a movie, the first being “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You” from the 1964 film, “A Hard Day’s Night“. Harrison wrote the song for his future wife who also had a part in that film too.

In the film, “Help!”, we see The Beatles sing “I Need You” in full on Salisbury Plain in the shadow of Stonehenge while surrounded by the British Army. They needed protection from the eastern cult who were trying still to get the ring from Ringo Starr’s finger. It was a cold day and you can see the band members shivering, in particular, Ringo Starr.

Shortly after they sing this song they go into their other number, “The Night Before” which also has “She’s A Woman” playing on a tape recorder underground during the same sequence.

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “I Need You” on the 15th February, 1965, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 2.30pm-5.45pm session. They recorded five takes that day which was also the first day of recording for the new Help! album.

On take five they overdubbed various vocal and further instruments until they got it all in place by the end of the next day. In the “Help!” film, you see Ringo Starr playing on a drum kit, however, he only used the back of a Gibson Jumbo acoustic guitar as well as a cow bell.

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