Such was the growing British interest surrounding The Beatles by mid-1963 that, on 1st July, fans gathered outside the EMI Studios on Abbey Road where the group was recording both sides of its next single: ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I’ll Get You’.
Since the late-Sixties, ‘She Loves You’ has been short-changed; dismissed by many as just catchy MOR pop compared to the Fab Four’s subsequent, more experimental tracks. In reality, this one was every bit as groundbreaking: a unique, infectious, beautifully-crafted rock belter that saw the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team hit the ball out of the park before, five days later, they and their colleagues accomplished the same inside Studio Two.
‘She Loves You’ was unlike anything that had been heard before—in various ways. So, where did it come from? And what were the ingredients in its creation? Take a deep dive into a true classic.
While The Beatles were at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, performing their final concert for a paying audience, The Doors were in Hollywood recording their first album, an Englishmen was attempting to sail solo around the world—and many people were marveling at the first photos of that world taken from outer space.
It was a time when adventurers and new technology still captured the public imagination, as reflected in films and TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic—along with a rising interest in social realism and hallucinogens, as expressed on-screen and on record. With parents predating the rock era and popular music having a major impact across the generations, eclectic singles and album charts represented sharply contrasting tastes.
The 1960s were now in full swing and it was an exciting time to be alive—so long as you weren’t among those suffering poverty, persecution or the atrocities of war.
- ‘Summer in the City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful
- ‘Guantanamera’ – The Sandpipers
- ‘Summertime’ – Billy Stewart
- ‘With a Girl Like You’ – The Troggs
- ‘Black is Black’ – Los Bravos
- ‘Lovers of the World Unite’ – David and Jonathan
- ‘We Can’t Go On This Way’ – Teddy and the Pandas
- ‘Theme from Star Trek’ – Alexander Courage
- ‘The Man Called Flintstone’ – John McCarthy
- ‘Theme from The Avengers’ – Laurie Johnson
- ‘High Wire’ – Edwin Astley
- ‘Secret Agent Man’ – Johnny Rivers
- ‘Theme from Mission: Impossible’ – Lalo Schifrin
- ‘Yesterday’ – The Beatles
- ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – The Beatles
- ‘I Want You’ – Bob Dylan
How, when and where did our passion for the Fab Four first get ignited? What form did it take and how has it evolved, personally and professionally? Our friend Mark Lewisohn, the group’s foremost biographer, joins us for an informal chat recorded at Erik’s home studio that provides perspective and reminiscences from both sides of the Atlantic, reaching back more than 55 years to our initial encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo on TV, radio, record and in print. It’s been a lifelong love story, focusing on not only the music, but also the personalities… and the humour. As such, this episode speaks to fans everywhere.
- ‘I’ll Get You’
- ‘She Loves You’
- ‘Here There and Everywhere’
- ‘The Inner Light’
- ‘Look at Me’
- ‘The Beatles Movie Medley’
- ‘All My Loving’