Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hold Me Tight

AUTHORSHIP McCartney (.8) and Lennon (.2)
Another Lennon and McCartney song that became part of their Cavern repertoire was 'Hold Me Tight', a McCartney number that Paul and John worked on together. It was written in Forthlin Road, but not recorded until the With The Beatles album.
McCARTNEY: "When we first started it was all singles and we were always trying to write singles. That's why you get lots of these 2 minute 30 seconds songs; they all came out the same length. 'Hold Me Tight' was a failed attempt at a single which then became an acceptable album filler." Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now

LENNON: "Both of us [wrote this], but mainly Paul." Hit Parader (April 1972)

September 12, 1963, at Abbey Road

McCARTNEY: bass, lead vocal, handclaps
LENNON: rhythm guitar, backing vocal, handclaps
HARRISON: lead guitar, backing vocal, handclaps
STARR: drums

This song was part of the Beatles' concert repertoire from 1961 to 1963.
A version of this song was recorded February 11, 1963, during the Please Please Me session but not released. The Complete Beatles Chronicle

McCARTNEY: "I can't remember much about that one. Certain songs were just 'work' songs, you haven't got much memory of them. That's one of them. . . . It was a bit Shirelles." The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970

LENNON: "It was a pretty poor song." September 1980, All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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