I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Various - Thank You For The Music
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartneyand recorded on October 17, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.
With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release 29 November had it not been blocked by the group's first million-seller " She Loves You ", their previous UK single, which was having a resurgence of popularity following intense media coverage of the I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Various - Thank You For The Music . Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" stayed at number 1 for five weeks and remained in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks in total.
It was also the group's first American number 1 hit, entering the Billboard Hot chart on 18 January at number 45 and starting the British Invasion of the American music industry. By 1 February it topped the Hotand stayed there for seven weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You". It remained on the Billboard chart for 15 weeks.
Capitol Records' rejection of the group's recordings in the US was now Brian Epstein 's main concern, and he encouraged Lennon and McCartney to write a song to appeal specifically to the American market. McCartney had recently moved into 57 Wimpole StreetLondon, where he was lodging as a guest of Dr Richard and Margaret Asher, and whose daughter, actress Jane Asherhad become McCartney's girlfriend after their meeting earlier in the year.
In SeptemberLennon told Playboy magazine:. We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball. We were in Jane Asher's house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. InMcCartney agreed with Lennon's description of the circumstances surrounding the composition of "I Want to Hold Your Hand", saying: "'Eyeball to eyeball' is a very good description of it. That's exactly how it was.
Reminiscent of Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building techniques and an example of modified bar form "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is written on a two- bridge model, with only an intervening verse to connect them.
The song has no real "lead" singer, as Lennon and McCartney sing in harmony with each other. The song is in the key of G major and lyrically opens two beats early with " Oh yeahI'll tell you something" with a D-B, B-D melody note drop and rise over an I G chord. This song, along with the single's B-side, " This Boy ", was the first Beatles song to be recorded with four-track technology.
The two songs were recorded on the same day, and each needed seventeen takes to complete. Both songs were translated by Luxembourger musician Camillo Felgenunder the pseudonym of "Jean Nicolas". Odeon, the German arm of EMI I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Various - Thank You For The Music parent company of the Beatles' record label, Parlophone was convinced that the Beatles' records would not sell in Germany unless they were sung in German.
The Beatles detested the idea, and when they were due to record the German version on 27 January at EMI's Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris where the Beatles were performing 18 days of concerts at the Olympia Theatre they chose to boycott the session.
Their record producerGeorge Martin, having waited some hours for them to show up, was outraged and insisted that they give it a try. Two days later, the Beatles recorded "Komm, gib mir deine Hand", one of the few times in their career that they recorded outside London. In the United Kingdom, "She Loves You" released in August had shot back to the number 1 position in November following blanket media I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Various - Thank You For The Music of the Beatles described as Beatlemania.
Mark Lewisohn later wrote: "'She Loves You' had already Summer - Kukan dUb Lagan - Seasons In Life EP an industry-boggling three quarters of a million before these fresh converts were pushing it into seven figures.
And at this very moment, just four weeks before Christmas, with everyone connected to the music and relevant retail industries already lying prone in paroxysms of unimaginable delight, EMI pulled the trigger I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Various - Thank You For The Music released 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'.
And then it was bloody pandemonium. Demand had been building for quite a while, as evidenced by the one million advance orders for the single. When it was finally released, the response was Act Of Mercy - Helen Terry - Blue Notes. A week after it entered the British charts, on 14 Decemberit knocked "She Loves You" off the top spot, the first instance of an act taking over from itself at number 1 in British history, and it clung to the top spot for five weeks.
It stayed in the charts for another 15 weeks and made a one-week return to the charts on 16 May Beatlemania was peaking at that time; during the same period, the Beatles set a record by occupying the top two positions on both the album and single charts in the UK.
Capitol had previously resisted issuing Beatle recordings in the US. This resulted in the relatively modest Vee-Jay and Swan labels releasing the group's earlier Parlophone counterparts in the US. The single had actually been intended for release in mid-Januarycoinciding with the planned appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
However, a fourteen-year-old fan of the Beatles, Marsha Albertwanted to hear the Beatles on the radio earlier. It wasn't so much what I had seen, it's what I had heard. They had a scene where they played a clip of "She Loves You" and I thought it was a great song I wrote that I thought the Beatles would be really popular here, and if [ deejay Carroll James] could get one of their records, that would really be great. Eventually he decided to pursue Albert's suggestion to him and asked the station's promotion director to get British Overseas Airways Corporation to ship in a copy of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" from Britain.
Albert related what happened next: "Carroll James called me up the day he got the record and said 'If you can get down here by 5 o'clock, we'll let you introduce it. The song proved to be a huge hit, a surprise for the station since they catered mainly to a more staid audience, which would normally be expecting songs from singers such as Andy Williams or Bobby Vinton instead of rock and roll. James took to playing the song repeatedly on the Hunter Song - Caspar Brötzmann Massaker - Home, often turning down the song in the middle to make the declaration, "This is a Carroll James exclusive",  to avoid theft of the song by other stations.
James and WWDC ignored the threat, and Capitol came to the conclusion that they could well En Dag I Skolen - Band Ane - Anish Music Too & Free advantage of the publicity, releasing the single two weeks ahead of schedule on 26 December.
The demand was insatiable; in the first three days alone, a quarter of a million copies had already been sold 10, copies In New York City every hour. Capitol was so overloaded by the demand, it contracted part of the job of pressing copies off to Columbia Records and RCA. By 18 January, the song had started its week chart run, and on 1 February, the Beatles finally achieved their first number 1 in Billboard emulating the success of another British group, the Tornados with " Telstar ", which topped the Billboard chart for three weeks in December With that, the " British Invasion " of America had been launched.
ThroughoutBritish pop and rock artists enjoyed unprecedented success on the American charts. The American single's front and back sleeves featured a photograph of the Beatles with Paul McCartney holding a cigarette. InCapitol Records airbrushed Carry On (Digital Mix) - Various - Transit: Position One the cigarette for the re-release of the single.
Beforehand, the American markets were more in favour of hit singles instead of whole I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Various - Thank You For The Music however, two months after the album's release, it had shipped 3, copies, overahead of the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single at 3, The November stereo remix appeared on 's A Collection of Beatles Oldiesand on several later Beatles compilation albums, including 's —'s 20 Greatest Hitsand 's 1.
The song was greeted by raving fans on both sides of the Atlantic but was dismissed by some critics as nothing more than another fad song that would not hold up to the test of time. Cynthia Lowery of the Associated Press expressed her exasperation with Beatlemania by saying of the Beatles: "Heaven knows we've heard them enough.
It has been impossible to get a radio weather bulletin or time signal without running into 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. In his book Revolution in the HeadIan MacDonald wrote that the song "electrified American pop", adding: "every American artist, black or white, asked about 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' has said much the same: it altered everything, ushering in a new era and changing their lives.
Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid. He was surprised when he met them and found out that none of them had actually smoked marijuana. It was like a shock went through my system I immediately knew that everything had changed"; he said that he and Mike Love had a meeting to discuss the challenge presented by the Beatles, as "For a while there, we felt really threatened.
It got us off our asses in the studio The Beatles left behind more great music than anybody can process in a lifetime Just check out "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which explodes out of the speakers with the most passionate singing, drumming, lyrics, guitars, and girl-crazy howls ever — it's no insult to the Beatles to say they never topped this song because nobody else has either It's the most joyous three minutes in the history of human noise.
However, inthe song won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Starting at the song's final week at the top of the American charts, the Beatles have the all-time record of seven number 1 songs in a one-year period. It was also the first of seven songs written by Lennon—McCartney to top the US charts in — an all-time record for writing the most songs to hit number 1 on the US charts in the same calendar year.
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