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History of the Beatles' Us Singles - 5

I Want To Hold Your Hand / I Saw Her Standing There
Capitol 5112, January 13, 1964

I Want To Hold Your Hand
Written by John and Paul
Sung by John and Paul
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Second Engineer: Geoff Emerick

I Saw Her Standing There
Written by Paul
Sung by Paul
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Second Engineers: Richard Langham, A.B. Lincoln


1) I Want To Hold Your Hand History
This song was written in the basement of Jane Asher's home. The recording session took place on October 17, 1963, and marked the first time that the Beatles used Abbey Road's new four track recording machines. Although the song was mostly perfected by the session date, the Beatles performed 17 takes. Only take 2, when the line "And when I touched you" was hushed, and take 4, when Paul added an 'h' sound after the 's' (shay that shomething), were noticeably different from the others. Both mono and stereo mixing of I Want To Hold Your Hand were performed on October 21, using take 17. The English release occurred on November 29, 1963, with This Boy as the B-Side. The US release became the first number one song for the Beatles.
At the insistence of EMI's German branch, Odeon, the Beatles recorded the German version of I Want To Hold Your Hand, on January 29, 1964. Komm, Gib Mir Diene Hand, used the original rhythm tracks from Abbey Road, but the vocal recording took place at EMI Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, during the Beatles visit there. In all, it took 11 takes to translate the song from English to German. The song was edited together from takes 5 and 7, with additional mixing on March 10 and 12. In the US, this song shows up on the Something New album (Capitol T2108, July 1964), as well as Past Masters Volume 1.

US Releases
January 13, 1964 Capitol 5112, b/w I Saw Her Standing There
1964 Chart Busters, Volume 4, Capitol T 2094
1969 Capitol Hits Through The Years, Capitol PRO 4724
April 2, 1973 The Beatles 1962-1966, Apple SKBO 3403
October 1982 20 Greatest Hits, Capitol SV 12245
1983 Official Grammy Awards Archive Collection, Record 2, Franklin Mint
August 9, 1988 Past Masters Volume 1, Capitol CD 90043
November 25, 1995 Anthology I, Apple 34445

Highest US Chart Position
January 18, 1964 at #1

BBC Performances
Saturday Club December 21, 1963
From Us To You December 26, 1963
Saturday Club February 15, 1964

Live Performances
1963
The Beatles Autumn Tour
The Beatles Christmas Show
1964
The Beatles Christmas Show
Visit To France
Visit To The USA
Return To UK
The Beatles World Tour
The Beatles First US Tour

2) I Saw Her Standing There History
Paul recalled writing this song at his home at 20 Forthlin Road in 1961 or 62. John's major contribution was changing the line 'just 17 never been a beauty queen' to ' you know what I mean.' The song was performed in Hamburg, and later surfaced on the Star Club tapes and albums. The song was properly recorded on February 11, 1963 during the morning session for the Please Please Me album. At this time, known only as 'Seventeen', the Beatles recorded takes 1 to 9. That afternoon, takes 10 through 12 were done. These takes are actually overdubs of the hand clapping. Editing of Seventeen, takes 9 and 12, was performed on February 25. I Saw Her Standing There became the first song on Please Please Me, the Beatles' first album, and was released on March 22, 1963.

US Releases
January 13, 1964 Capitol 5112, b-side to I Want To Hold Your Hand
January 27, 1964 Introducing The Beatles, Vee Jay 1062
1964 Chart Busters, Volume 4, Capitol T 2094
October 1, 1964 The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons, Vee Jay DX30
October 12, 1964 Songs, Pictures, and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles, Vee Jay 1092
June 7, 1976 Rock N Roll Music, Capitol SKBO 11537
June 13, 1977 Live at the Star Club, Hamburg Germany 1962, Lingasong LS27001
1982 Collectables 1515, b/w Can't Help It "Blue Angel"
November 1994 Live At The BBC, Apple 31796
November 25, 1995 Anthology I, Apple 34445
November 25, 1995 Apple 58497 CD Single, Free As A Bird

Highest US Chart Position
February 1, 1964 at #14

BBC Performances
Saturday Club March 16, 1963
Side By Side April 22, 1963
Saturday Club May 25, 1963
Steppin' Out June 3, 1963
Pop Go The Beatles June 25, 1963
Easy Beat July 21, 1963
Pop Go The Beatles September 24, 1963
Saturday Club October 5, 1963
Easy Beat October 20, 1963
From Us To You December 26, 1963
From Us To You May 18, 1964

Live Performances
1963
Tommy Roe/Chris Montez Tour
UK Dates, Spring 1963
Tour With Roy Orbison
UK Dates, Summer 1963
Mini-Tour of Scotland
Tour of Sweden
The Beatles Autumn Tour
1964
Visit to the USA
The Beatles World Tour
The Beatles First US Tour (some dates)

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