You Really Got A Hold On Me

“You Really Got A Hold On Me” is a cover song on the album, “With The Beatles”, of course. In fact, they recorded this song a few times and some are on their other compilation albums. Although The Miracles had success with this track in America, Beatlemaniacs prefer The Beatles’ version. After all, the Fab Four were perfectionists!

In Detail


Release Date: 22nd November, 1963 (UK), 10th April, 1964 (US)
Recorded: 18th July, 1963
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Rhythm and blues
Track Duration: 3:01
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriter: Smokey Robinson
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith


John Lennon: rhythm guitar, also the lead vocals
George Harrison: lead guitar, as well as the lead vocals
Paul McCartney: bass guitar, also the harmony vocals
Ringo Starr: drums
George Martin: piano

Track Sources

With The Beatles
Live At The BBC
Anthology 1

You Really Got A Hold On Me

When Smokey Robinson and The Miracles released the original song in 1962, its title was, You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me. Although just a slight difference in the title, The Beatles took the song and recreated a classic.

You Really Got A Hold On Me is a Fab Four song on their With The Beatles album from 1963

With The Beatles Album (1963)

You Really Got A Hold On Me is a Beatles' song on their Livfe At The BBC album

Live At The BBC Album (1994)

You Really Got A Hold On Me is a Beatles' song on their Anthology 1 album

Anthology 1 Album (1995)

This song is very vocal with John Lennon up front and George Harrison providing a glorious harmony. With Paul McCartney on backing vocals, “You Really Got A Hold On Me” has The Beatles’ stamp all over it. The track has a beautiful mix full of detail with a great balance.

Recording Studio

On the 18th July, 1963, the band had several attempts to record the song for the “With The Beatles” album. This was the Fab Four’s second album, of course. In the end, The Beatles had 4 complete takes and mono mixing took place on the 21st of August, 1963. However, there was a stereo mix available as of the 29th October, 1963.

In the early sixties, The Beatles had plenty appearances on BBC Radio with shows like “Pop Go The Beatles”. Obviously we see a version from that show on the “Live At The BBC” album. But there is also a version on their Anthology 1 album too which they recorded in 1963 at the Karlaplansstudion, Stockholm, Sweden.

So, what do you think about this song?

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