This time in the Collector’s Corner the focus turns to the “She Loves You” single released in America on Philadelphia’s Swan label, first on September 16th, 1963, and then re-issued in January 1964. At the time, The Beatles had only recently gone from being the hot new act on the British Isles to being the source of a full fledged onslaught in the entire region dubbed “Beatlemania.” In America, however, when the single was first issued, the frenzy had yet to catch on. In fact, at that time most Americans had never even heard of The Beatles.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney teamed up to write “She Loves You” while The Beatles were in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a gig at the Majestic Ballroom. The date was June 26th, 1963 at which time their previous single “From Me To You” had only just topped the U.K. charts and was still in the top 5. Both John and Paul recall working on the words and melody together and John credits Paul with the idea of having a third party being the go-between in a message of love, instead of the more simplistic “I love you” approach written for earlier material. On the following night, the two finished up the song at Paul’s house on Forthlin Road and then played it to Paul’s dad, Jim McCartney, on acoustic guitars in the living room. Jim said “That’s very nice son but there is enough of these Americanisms around. Couldn’t you sing ‘She Loves You, yes, yes, yes!’?” Paul told his dad he just didn’t get it.