This Beatles recording, “To Know Her Is To Love Her” is one of their Decca audition songs from 1962. As we know, Decca rejected The Beatles but that was their loss! The slightly faster Decca audition version of the song is not available commercially. However, there are bootlegs and this features Pete Best on drums.
Recorded: 16th July, 1963
Studio/Location: BBC Paris Studio, London, UK
Track Duration: 2:51
Record Label: Apple
Songwriter: Phil Spector
Producer: Terry Henebery
To Know Her Is To Love Her
The song itself is a Phil Spector composition. Together with his group, “The Teddy Bears”, they reached number one in the United States with their single. However, the title of their song is “To Know Him Is to Love Him”. Be that as it may, many artists would cover the song and change the wording to suit, just like The Beatles did.
The Fab Four only officially recorded this song twice, once for their Decca audition and another for the BBC. The Beatles made many appearances on BBC Radio shows in the early 1960’s, of course. Luckily the BBC recording is commercially available, albeit a slower version than their audition tape.
There is a version of the song which they sang in the Star-Club, Hamburg, Germany, in December 1962. However, this version is of very poor quality and commercially unavailable.
The Beatles’ version of “To Know Her Is To Love Her” that we are mostly familiar with is on their 1994 “Live At The BBC” album.
They recorded it at the BBC Paris Studio, London, on the 16th July, 1963. Then the BBC broadcast it on the 6th August, 1963, as part of the “Pop Go The Beatles” show.