12 Oct The Beatles’ “She Loves Me” Goes Gold
Today in 1963, The Beatles were given their very first gold disc, signifying a million sales of their single, “She Loves You”
The song was a multi record-breaking single for the charts, including being one of the five Beatles’ songs that held the top five simultaneously in April 1964. The song went on to become the groups best-selling single and the best-selling single of the 1960’s in the UK.
The single is another Lennon-McCartney original, written while on tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers, and was inspired by a Bobby Rydell hit which also featured a call and response pattern. It was recorded a week later at EMI Studios with George Martin producing. The song was immediately sought after, amassing over 500,000 pre-orders by the day of it’s release, thus entering the charts quickly, where it remained for 31 weeks, including 18 in the top 3. It remained the UK’s best selling single for a further 14 years.
The song was not immediately successful in the US, having predated the “British Invasion” and Beatlemania that took over the country in 1964. After this, the song re-emerged and entered the US Charts, where it spent 5 weeks at number 2, behind, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. This made the Beatles another record, becoming one of two artists to ever hold the top 2 spots simultaneously. The song became one of the groups main legacies, with the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” refrain being one of the trademarks of The Beatles.