I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on December 26th of 1963 Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which rejected the US rights to every Beatles record that they were offered until then, finally releases “I Want to Hold Your Hand” backed with “I Saw Her Standing There”. The song was currently topping the UK chart with “This Boy” on the flip side. Within five weeks the record will rise to number one in the US, where it would stay for seven weeks. The song was recorded the previous October and the hit version was take number 17. “I Saw Her Standing There” was written in Paul McCartney’s living room after he and John skipped school one day. The Beatles frequently played this at the Cavern Club, where they often played between 1961-1963. In fact, it was because of the crowd reaction to their live shows that George Martin decided to have them simply record their live show in the studio for their first album. That’s why he kept Paul’s “1, 2, 3, 4” count at the beginning, which was taken from the 9th take and edited on to the first. The title was originally “Seventeen” until it was changed for the album. The Beatles performed this on their first two Ed Sullivan Show appearances, which took place a week apart in February 1964. Getting on the show was a really big deal because it had a huge audience. About 73 million people watched the first show, which made The Beatles household name. This was the last song John Lennon performed for a paid audience. He played it at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974 when he took the stage at an Elton John concert. Elton released this version as the B-side of “Philadelphia Freedom” the following year. This was the only live duet ever recorded between Elton John and John Lennon, who were good friends. “I Saw Her Standing There” peaked at #14 in the US as the “B” side to “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.