Saturday, 2 February 2013

Recalling 1963: The Beatles' She Loves You

It might be 2013, but the pop culture and history of 1963 still has a prolonged effect 50 years on...

It was the year of the big freeze in the UK, Cleopatra, The Birds, From Russia With Love and Summer Holiday  drew audiences to the cinema. History unfolded  Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and President  John F Kennedy's assassination while on television there was TW3, Steptoe and Son and  the launch of Doctor Who...

Of course, it was also the year of Beatlemania, not only did The Beatles take the pop charts by storm but also other beat groups such as Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Hollies, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes and The Rolling Stones.

Only a year before, Beatles manager Brian Epstein had been told that "Guitar groups were on their way out" when trying to win his clients a record contract, but even those aforementioned guitar groups such as The Shadows were still doing well in the chart stakes as were singers such as Cliff Richard and Frank Ifield.

She Loves You was The Beatles second Number One and had over 500,000 advance orders before it had even been revealed what the song was was called.

Its memorable "Yeah Yeah Yeah" chorus helped the fab four gain identity with not only the record public but the world and made John, Paul, George and Ringo the biggest thing since Elvis.

I love this release purely for its uplifting energy and passion, its a great single and the B Side I'll Get You is also a fabulous track showing The Beatles also made great B Sides as well - ( in fact Andy Fairweather Low recently featured a new interpretation of it on his tour).

This featured single was given to me in a clutch of old singles by my sister several years ago, its been well played but is still housed in its Parlophone sleeve and remains a recording of greatness.

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