This was the first time Paul McCartney wrote the words to a song before the music. The song began as a poem he conceived while he was shaving one morning thinking about his girlfriend Jane Asher, whom he met when she interviewed him for the magazine Radio Times. He wrote the music that night. He originally envisioned it as a country/western song.
This Beatles classic was never released as a single, but it was the first song the group played on their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance: February 9, 1964. It was a historic telecast, as over 73 million people tuned in. At the time, that was the largest audience ever for a TV show.
McCartney sang lead on this. His vocal was double-tracked to bring it out in the mix.
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