If there was ever a song to define the Fab Four it would be this one, of course. Indeed, The Beatles’ single, “She Loves You”, was a world-wide success and thrust the moptops into unstoppable stardom. This record alone would unite Beatles’ fans across the globe and then Beatlemania was well underway.
This song was also a German single release for The Beatles in 1964. Of course, sung in German, the title becomes, “Sie Liebt Dich“.
Format: 7-inch single (A-side) (B-side being “I’ll Get You“)
Recorded: 1st July, 1963
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Pop rock
Track Duration: 2:18
Label: Parlophone R5055 (UK), Capitol 72125 (Canada), Swan 4152 (US)
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
She Loves You
This Beatles’ song remains the band’s best selling single in the UK to date. The idea for the song came about after a gig in a concert hall in the north east of England on the 26th June, 1963. This was when they were on tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
After starting to write the song on the tour bus, they added to it a little later in their hotel room. However, it wasn’t until they got back to Paul McCartney’s home the next day that they finalised it.
“It was again a she, you, me, I, personal preposition song. I suppose the most interesting thing about it was that it was a message song, it was someone bringing a message. It wasn’t us any more, it was moving off the ‘I love you, girl’ or ‘Love me do‘, it was a third person, which was a shift away. ‘I saw her, and she said to me, to tell you, that she loves you, so there’s a little distance we managed to put in it which was quite interesting.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
Paul McCartney’s Home
Many Beatles’ songs came to fruition at Paul McCartney’s family home at 20, Forthlin Road, Liverpool, England. This was one of those songs:
“We sat in there one evening, just beavering away while my dad was watching TV and smoking his Players cigarettes, and we wrote She Loves You. We actually finished it there because we’d started it in the hotel room. [Then] we went into the living room – ‘Dad, listen to this. What do you think?’
“So we played it to my dad and he said, ‘That’s very nice, son, but there’s enough of these Americanisms around. Couldn’t you sing, ‘She loves you. Yes, Yes, Yes’ At which point we collapsed in a heap and said, ‘No, Dad, you don’t quite get it!’ That’s my classic story about my dad. For a working-class guy that was rather a middle-class thing to say, really. But he was like that.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
From now on the world would really feel Beatlemania kicking in.
The Beatles began recording “She Loves You” on the 1st July, 1963, at the EMI Studios in London. They recorded both this and it’s B-side, “I’ll Get You” during the 2.30-5.30 and 7-10 pm sessions. Since there is hardly any documentation for these tracks, the number of takes remains a mystery.
Worse still is the fact that after mixing the song down to a mono mix, they destroyed the original two-track session tape. This was standard practice at the EMI studios at the time, of course, and two Beatles singles (four songs***) suffered this way.
In essence, this means is that there is only a mono mix available. Indeed, a stereo version of the original hit is almost impossible to achieve using present day technology. Be that as it may, some have tried to create a stereo version using various techniques. However, these mock-stereo versions are not as good as the mono original.
“She Loves You” marks the beginning of Beatlemania and so the single went to number one in most countries where released. The record’s success was phenomenal and it projected the Fab Four to worldwide stardom. It is still is the biggest selling Beatles single.
In America, Beatlemania might have kicked in slightly late but this record certainly gave the Americans the Beatle Bug! Meanwhile in Europe, The Beatles took the nickname of “The Yeah-Yeahs”. This was because of the overuse of the word “Yeah” in both sides of this single.