Thursday, February 12, 2009

Beatles Song: I Saw Her Standing There

The obvious Beatles fact about this McCartney composition is that it was one of the group's biggest and earliest hits. Recorded on February 11, 1963 at the one-day session for the Please Please Me album, George Martin referred to it as a "potboiler"--a basic rock and roll song with a great beat. It was written by Lennon and McCartney--Lennon's input was minimal--years earlier when they two were still in school. It was released as a single in the United States (the B side to "I Want to Hold Your Hand," although it is now regarded as one of the many Beatles' double A singles since both songs got frequent air time) on January 13, 1964. The song was performed live throughout 1963 and 1964, both in concerts and on numerous television shows in England and the United States.

It remains a Beatles classic. Paul McCartney was nominated for this song in two categories for the 2009 Grammy Awards, although he did not win. He has sung the song throughout his career. On recent concert tours since 2002, the song has been part of his standard set list.

Lennon performed "I Saw Her Standing There" on November 29, 1974 at Madison Square Garden during a joint appearance with Elton John. Lennon also performs "Come Together" while wearing a green U.S. Army fatigue shirt.

McCartney sings lead and Lennon does backing vocal. Harrison plays lead guitar, Lennon rhythm, McCartney bass, and Starr drums.

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