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“I Saw Her Standing There”

What the Beatles said about “I Saw Her Standing There”

JOHN 1980: “That’s Paul doing his usual job of producing what George Martin used to call a ‘potboiler.’ I helped with a couple of the lyrics.”

PAUL 1988: “I wrote it with John. We sagged off school and wrote it on guitars. I remember I had the lyrics, ‘Just seventeen/Never been a beauty queen,’ which John… it was one of the first times he ever went, ‘What? Must change that!’ And it became, ‘you know what I mean.'”

PAUL circa-1994: “Sometimes we would just start a song from scratch, but one of us would nearly always have a germ of an idea, a title, or a rough little thing they were thinking about and we’d do it. ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was my original. I’d started it and I had the first verse, which therefore gave me the tune, the tempo, and the key. It gave you the subject matter, a lot of information, and then you had to fill in. So it was co-written… and we finished it that day.

Info about “I Saw Her Standing There”

Written primarily by Paul McCartney with some contributions from John Lennon, “I Saw Her Standing There” is the opening track on the band’s 1963 debut UK album “Please Please Me” and their debut US album “Introducing… The Beatles”.

In December 1963, Capitol Records released the song in the United States as the B-side on the label’s first single by the Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. While the A-side topped the US Billboard chart for seven weeks starting 1 February 1964, “I Saw Her Standing There” entered the Billboard Hot 100 on 8 February 1964, remaining there for 11 weeks, peaking at No. 14. The song placed on the Cashbox chart for only one week at No. 100 on the same week of its Billboard debut. In 2004, “I Saw Her Standing There” was ranked No. 139 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass guitar, hand claps
  • John Lennon – rhythm guitar, harmony vocals, hand claps
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, hand claps
  • Ringo Starr – drums, hand claps

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