I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles
Beatles 1964 I Saw Her Standing 45


Well, she was just seventeen
You know what I mean
And the way she looked
Was way beyond compare

So how could I dance with another, ooh
And I saw her standing there

1964
14
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964
  • single released: March 22, 1963
  • from the British LP: Please Please Me (1963)
                  American LP: Introducing... The Beatles (1964)
                  American LP: Meet The Beatles! (1964)
  • the composition of the song had started two years earlier by McCartney with a working title of "Seventeen"; the inspiration for the tune came to McCartney in July, 1962 when he was thinking about, his then girlfriend, Iris Caldwell (the sister of Rory Storm of Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, a band whose drummer was Ringo Starr)
  • ranks #140 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the song required nine takes to record with the last take including the famous countdown "1,2, 3,4!" called out by McCartney
  • on the record:
       Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass, hand claps
       John Lennon - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, hand claps
       George Harrison - lead guitar, hand claps
       Ringo Starr - drums, hand claps
  • written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney: "I wrote it with John. We sagged off school and wrote it on guitars. I remember I had the lyrics, 'Just seventeen/Never been a beauty queen,' which John... it was one of the first times he ever went, 'What? Must change that!' And it became, 'you know what I mean.'"
           "Sometimes we would just start a song from scratch, but one of us would nearly always have a germ of an idea, a title, or a rough little thing they were thinking about and we'd do it. 'I Saw Her Standing There' was my original. I'd started it and I had the first verse, which therefore gave me the tune, the tempo, and the key. It gave you the subject matter, alot of information, and then you had to fill in. So it was co-written... and we finished it that day."
  • Paul McCartney has said that he lifted the bass line for "I Saw Her Standing There" from the 1961 Chuck Berry single, "I'm Talking About You"
  • produced by George Martin
  • engineered by Norman Smith
  • recorded Feb 11, 1963 at Abbey Road (Studio Two), London, England
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