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The Beatles - All My Loving

The Beatles - All My Loving

 

 

All My Loving

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"All My Loving"
Song by the Beatles from the album With the Beatles
Released 22 November 1963
Recorded 30 July 1963
Genre Rock, pop[1]
Length 2:04
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (Canada)
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
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"All My Loving" is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney[2] (credited to Lennon–McCartney), from the 1963 album With The Beatles. Though it was not released as a single in the United Kingdom or the United States, it drew considerable radio airplay, prompting EMI to issue it as the title track of an EP.[3] The song was released as a single in Canada, where it became a number one hit. The Canadian single was imported into the US in enough quantities to peak at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1964.[4][5]

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Composition

According to journalist Bill Harry, McCartney thought of the lyrics whilst shaving,[6] though McCartney told biographer Barry Miles that he wrote them while on a tour bus.[2] He also said, "It was the first song I'd ever written the words first. I never wrote words first, it was always some kind of accompaniment. I've hardly ever done it since either."[2] The lyrics follow the "letter song" model as used on "P.S. I Love You",[3] the B-side of their first single. After arriving at the location of the gig, he wrote the music on a piano backstage.[2]

McCartney originally envisioned it as a country & western song, and George Harrison added a Nashville-style guitar solo.[2][3] John Lennon's rhythm guitar track uses quickly strummed triplets similar to "Da Doo Ron Ron" by The Crystals, a song that was popular at the time.[3]

Lennon expressed his esteem for the song in his 1980 Playboy interview:[7]

LENNON:"All My Loving" is Paul, I regret to say. Ha ha ha.

PLAYBOY: Why?

LENNON: Because it's a damn good piece of work....But I play a pretty mean guitar in back.

It has been hypothesized that the piece draws inspiration from the Dave Brubeck Quartet's 1959 song 'Kathy's Waltz'.[8]

Recording

They recorded the song on 30 July 1963 in eleven takes with three overdubs. The master take was take fourteen overdubbed on take eleven.[9] It was remixed on 21 August (mono)[9] and 29 October (stereo).[10]

A slightly longer stereo edition of the song, featuring a hi-hat percussion introduction not found on the common stereo or mono mixes was released in Germany and the Netherlands in 1965 on a compilation album entitled Beatles' Greatest.[11] This version was later released in the UK, but only as part of The Beatles Box.

Releases and performances

"All My Loving" was originally released in the UK on 22 November 1963 on With the Beatles.[12] The first US release was on Meet the Beatles!, released 20 January 1964.[12] The song was the title track of the All My Loving EP released in the UK on 7 February 1964.[12] The song was released on another EP, Four by The Beatles in the US, on 11 May 1964.

"All My Loving" was the Beatles' opening number on their debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964;[13] the recording was included on Anthology 1.[14] The group also performed "All My Loving" three times for BBC radio, once in 1963 and twice in 1964. The final version, which was recorded on 28 February 1964, was included on Live at the BBC.[15]

The song was used twice in films by the group - it plays in the background at the end of the nightclub scene in A Hard Day's Night (though without the drum opening and the coda), while an instrumental version appears in the movie Magical Mystery Tour.

According to Alan Weiss, a TV producer who happened to be there, "All My Loving" was playing on the sound system at Roosevelt Hospital emergency room when Lennon was pronounced dead after being shot on 8 December 1980.[16]

Reviews

"All My Loving" has been praised by multiple critics. Ian MacDonald said, "The innocence of early Sixties British pop is perfectly distilled in the eloquent simplicity of this number" and described the song as helping McCartney be seen as more of an equal to Lennon.[3] Richie Unterberger of Allmusic said it "was arguably the best LP-only track the Beatles did before 1964" and that if it had been released as a single in America it would have been a huge hit.[17]

Author:katie
Published:Mar 21st 2013
Modified:Mar 21st 2013

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