Sunday, February 26, 2006

I'm Happy Just To Dance With You

CHART ACTION: Also released as a single July 20, 1964. It didn't make the Billboard Top 40. The Long and Winding Road: An Intimate Guide to the Beatles

AUTHORSHIP Lennon (.5) and McCartney (.5)
McCARTNEY: "We wrote 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You' for George in the film. It was a bit of a formula song. We knew that in E if you went to an A-flat minor, you could always make a song with those chords; that change pretty much always excited you. This is on of these. Certainly 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' was. This one anyway was a straight co-written song for George. We wouldn't have actually wanted to sing it because it was a bit. . . . The ones that pandered to the fans in truth were our least favourite songs but they were good. They were good for the time. The nice thing about it was to actually pull a song off on a slim little premise like that. A simple little idea. It was songwriting practice." Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now

LENNON: "That was written for George to give him a piece of the action. . . . I couldn't have sung it." September 1980, All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

LENNON: "I wrote this for George to sing. I'm always reading how Paul and I used to make him invisible or keep him out, but it isn't true. I encouraged him like mad." Beatles in Their Own Words

March 1, 1964, at Abbey Road

McCARTNEY: bass, backing vocal
LENNON: rhythm guitar, backing vocal
HARRISON: lead guitar, lead vocal
STARR: drums, loose-skinned Arabian bongo

This song was part of the Beatles' repertoire for concerts in 1964. The Complete Beatles Chronicle
Performed in the film A Hard Day's Night.

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