John Lennon claimed this song came to him based on the tune "I'm Wishing" that his mother used to sing him from the Disney movie Snow White. In the beginning of the Disney song, Snow White is singing to the doves, "Wanna know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well."
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song, but George Harrison sang lead. It's one of the few Beatles songs not sung by the person who wrote it.
This was the first Lennon/McCartney song to be a hit for another artist - it was recorded by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas. Their version was #1 in the UK for two weeks.
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