Beatles-Cember: “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

Posted: December 26, 2013 by Sam in Music
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Today is the day that marks the 50th anniversary of the US release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. It was the first number one hit The Beatles had in the United States and it unofficially marked the beginning of the “British Invasion” of rock and roll music in the US. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was written in the basement of McCartney’s then girlfriend, Jane Asher’s, parents’ house where he and Lennon were essentially sitting right across from each other, composing songs in a little room where Asher would teach oboe lessons.

It’s also one of two songs that The Beatles did in German as well. “Komm, gib mir deine Hand” was partnered with “Sie Liebt Dich” – “She Loves You” – for the German market that had basically spearheaded the group’s popularity in the early days, though the necessity of the recordings was probably unnecessary.

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