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THIS WEEK IN 1963

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

1 She Loves You The Bea­tles

2 It’s All In The Game Cliff Richard

3 I Want to Stay Here Steve Lawrene and Ey­die Gorme 4 Ap­ple­jack Jet Har­ris and Tony Mee­han

5 Just Like Ed­die Heinz

6 I’ll Never Get Over You Johnny Kidd and the Pi­rates 7 Do You Love Me? Brian Poole and the Tremeloes

8 If I Had A Ham­mer Trini Lopez

9 The He Kissed Me The Crys­tals

10 Wish­ing Buddy Holly If Paul McCart­ney’s fa­ther Jim had had his way, ‘She Loves You’ would have had a very dif­fer­ent cho­rus.

Hav­ing started writ­ing ‘She Loves You’ sit­ting on twin beds in a News­cas­tle ho­tel room, John Len­non and Paul McCart­ney fin­ished their com­po­si­tion at the McCart­ney fam­ily home on For­thin Road in Liver­pool.

In­spired by El­lvis Pres­ley’s ‘All Shook Up’, Len­non in­serted the fa­mil­iar, in­fec­tious re­frain ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’, but when the pair went into the liv­ing room and played the song for Paul’s fa­ther, he wasn’t im­pressed. As Paul McCart­ney re­called: ‘We said “Dad, lis­ten to this. What do you think?” And he said “That’s very nice son, but there’s enough of these Amer­i­can­isms around. Couldn’t you sing ‘She loves you, yes, yes, yes!” At which point we col­lapsed in a heap and said “No, dad, you don’t quite get it!”’

Less than a week later, the Bea­tles recorded ‘She Loves You’. It gave the band their sec­ond UK num­ber one in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, break­ing many chart records. Around half a mil­lion copies of the sin­gle had been or­dered by fans in ad­vance of its re­lease and it spent 31 con­sec­u­tive weeks in the charts - 18 of them in the top 3.

‘She Loves You’ would go on to be­come the Bea­tles’ best-sell­ing sin­gle in the UK, and to­tal sales to dates top 1.92 mil­lion.

Re­cep­tion to the re­lease of ‘She Loves You’ was very dif­fer­ent in the US where Beatle­ma­nia had yet to take hold. The song at­tracted very lit­tle ra­dio play on re­lease in Septem­ber 1963 but by Jan­uary of the fol­low­ing year the Bri­tish in­va­sion was well un­der way.

Four months af­ter its ini­tial re­lease in the US, ‘She Loves You’ en­tered the Bill­board chart on Jan­uary 25, 1964. It spent five weeks at No. 2, be­hind ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, then re­placed it for two weeks at num­ber one.

The Bea­tles are one of only two artists ever whose first two Bill­board Hot 100 sin­gles held the top two po­si­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously on that chart (Iggy Aza­lea be­ing the other).

The Bea­tles in 1963.

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