Saturday, 2 February 2013
Recalling 1963: The Beatles' She Loves You
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.
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.