Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Beatles and She Loves You

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Beatles and She Loves You

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IT was 50 years ago today that one of The Beatles' most famous and best-selling songs was written.

What is not in dispute is that the number was written in Newcastle.

What is a matter of debate is the exacs t location of the Fab Four in the Toon when they put the song together.

The unforgettable number in question was She Loves You.

It would top charts all around the world and would be the best-selling single in the UK until overtaken, ironically, by Paul McCartney's Mull Of Kintyre in 1977.

On June 26, 1963, The Beatles, still relatively unknown at the time and touring with Roy Orbison and Gerry And The Pacemakers, were making just their second appearance in Newcastle.

The venue was the Majestic Ballroom on the city's Westgate Road. It would later become a bingo hall, before once more catering for live music as the 02 Academy from 2005 onwards.

Half a century ago, having started the song in the band van on the way up to Newcastle and completed the show at The Majestic, the group returned sweaty and tired to their hotel room.

On The Beatles Anthology, Paul McCartney remembers: "John and I wrote She Loves You together. There was a Bobby Rydell song, Forget Him, out at the time and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another.

"We were in a van up in Newcastle. I''d planned an 'answering song'' where a couple of us would sing 'She loves you...'' and the other one answers, 'Yeah, yeah.'' We decided that was a crummy idea as it was, but at least we then had the idea for a song called She Loves You.

"So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it - John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars."

" John Lennon, in 1980, recalled: "I remember it was Paul's idea - instead of singing 'I love you'' again, we''d have a third party. …

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