Oh, please say to me You'll let me be your man And please say to me You'll let me hold your hand
Peak Chart Position
No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964 for seven weeks
No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1963 for five weeks
from the U.S. album Meet the Beatles (1964)
RIAA certified Gold record
Billboard Music Award for the 1964 - Hot 100 Single of the Year
the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
the first No. 1 single for The Beatles in the U.S.
the song jumped to the top of the pop charts, the No. 1 record in America, before The Beatles had even performed a show in the U.S.
Paul McCartney after hearing the news that the "I Want To Hold Your Hand" went to No. 1 in America: "We were playing in Paris, an engagement at the Olympia Theatre, a famous old theater Edith Piaf played at, and we got a telegram -- as you did in those days -- saying, 'Congratulations, No. 1 in U.S. charts.' We jumped on each other's backs. It was late at night after a show, and we just partied. That was the record that allowed us to come to America."
John Lennon has stated in interviews that it has always been one of his favorite Beatles songs
the first Beatles record to be made using four-track studio recording equipment; their previous releases had been recorded to tape using just two tracks
it is one of only two Beatles songs (the other being "She Loves You") to be later recorded in German
ranks #16 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
on the record: John Lennon- vocals, rhythm guitar, handclaps Paul McCartney- vocals, bass guitar, handclaps George Harrison- lead guitar, handclaps Ringo Starr- drums, handclaps
written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; early in Lennon & McCartney's songwriting partnership they wrote together - this song is one of those instances, a true Lennon/McCartney composition
the song was written by John and Paul in the basement of Jane Asher's parents' house in Wimpole Street, London
produced by George Martin
recorded October 17, 1963 at Abbey Road Studios, London, England
One of five Beatles songs to occupy Billboard's Hot 100 top five slots on April 4, 1964 (with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You" and "Please Please Me"), "I Want to Hold Your Hand" ranks as the chart's No. 45 single of all time
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