Step Inside Love

“Step Inside Love” is a Paul McCartney song which he gave to fellow Liverpudlian, Cilla Black but The Beatles also recorded an impromptu version.

In Detail


Release Date: 28th October, 1996 (Anthology 3) November, 2018 (White Album 50th Anniversary Edition)
Recorded: 16th September, 1968
Genre: Folk rock
Track Duration: 1:22
Record Label: Apple Records
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: Chris Thomas
Engineer: Ken Scott


Paul McCartney: vocals, also the acoustic guitar
John Lennon: bongos
Ringo Starr: claves

** George Harrison did not play because for some reason he is missing from this recording.

Track Source

Anthology 3
White Album 50th Anniversary Edition

Step Inside Love / Los Paranoias a Beatles medley from their 1996 Anthology 3 album

Anthology 3 Album (1996)

Step Inside Love is a song on the The Beatles White Album 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set

White Album 50th Anniversary Edition (2018)

Step Inside Love

To begin with, Paul McCartney wrote this song for Priscilla Maria Veronica White, whose stage name was Cilla Black. She was also from Liverpool, The Beatles’ home town. Initially it was for her television theme tune, but she reached number 8 in the British charts with the single version in April, 1968.

“I ended up writing a few songs for Cilla, actually. Step Inside Love was a later one. Cilla Black was getting her first TV show with a guy called Michael Hurll and they came to see me backstage somewhere and asked me, would I write the theme tune for it, so I said yes. I did a little demo of it, with myself double-tracked, up at Cavendish, and that was it. I quite like the song, it’s very cabaret, it suited her voice. It was just a welcoming song for Cilla.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

Indeed, Cilla Black went on to be one of the most successful female recording artists in the UK. Then, after a successful singing career in the 1960s, she concentrated mainly on her TV work, hosting shows such as, “Blind Date” and “Surprise, Surprise”. Cilla Black died at the age of 72 on the 1st August, 2015, after 52 years in show business.

Recording Studio

The Beatles recorded “Step Inside Love” on the 16th September, 1968, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 7.00pm-3.00am recording session. They recorded just the one take while they took a break from recording “I Will” for the album, “The Beatles” aka the “White Album”.

The band needed to unwind during this session because, by the time that session ended, they recorded 67 takes of “I Will”. After their impromptu bossa-nova version of “Step Inside Love”, they spontaneously improvised with “Los Paranoias“.

On this day they also recorded “Can You Take Me Back?” and “Blue Moon” as well as “The Way You Look Tonight”.

Their 1996 album, “Anthology 3”, has this song as part of The Beatles’ medley, “Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias”. Obviously those two songs are from the same recording session. However, “Step Inside Love” is now a single track “The Beatles (White Album) 50th anniversary edition”.

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