"I Need You" is a Beatles song on the album Help! It is the second George Harrison song the band recorded (on 15 and 16 February 1965) and released, after a two album–long hiatus. The song was performed in their second movie Help!
The song is a simple, melancholy number, with a lead guitar sound achieved by Harrison's first recorded use of a volume pedal. The confessional lyrics are commonly thought to be about Harrison's relationship with Pattie Boyd, whom he had met in March 1964 while filming A Hard Day's Night. (They married in January 1966.)
* John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
* Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass
* George Harrison – double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar
* Ringo Starr – drums, cowbell
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the song in tribute to Harrison at 2002's Concert for George.
Les Fradkin has an instrumental version on his 2005 release, While My Guitar Only Plays.
Released: 6 August 1965
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, 15–16 February 1965
Label: Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
Writer: George Harrison
Producer: George Martin