She Loves You By The Beatles

November 13, 2014


The Capital label hit the jack pot when it signed the Beatles to an American contract. Their only mistake was declining to release the Beatles first four singles before striking gold with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

“She Loves You” was one of the songs turned down by Capital. It was issued in early¬†January of¬† 1964 on the Swan label but received little notice. When “I Want To Hold Your Hand” became a mega-hit Swan reissued “She Loves You” and it eventually replaced “I Want To Hold Your Hand” as the number one single in America on March 21, 1964. It remained at the top of the charts for two weeks.

Oddly it was their producer George Martin who suggested they add “Yeah Yeah Yeah” to the song. which became instantly identifiable with the early Beatles sound.

Considering what the Beatles would produce, “She Loves You” is many times lost in their vast catalogue but near the end of March, 1964, it ruled the American music world.

Surfin’ Safari/409 45 by The Beach Boys

August 10, 2011

The Beach Boys first single release, “Surfin,” was released of the small X label and then the equally small Candix label, but still managed to reach number 75 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. That early but limited success led to their being signed by the large Capital label.

Their first single for Capital was the two-sided hit, “Sufrin’ Safari/409.” “Surfin’ Safari” became their first big hit, reaching number 14, while “409” reached number 76.

It is the flip side that stands the test of time. “409” was the beginning of of Brian Wilson’s creation of a more sophisticated sound. It remains on of the great transition songs in Beach Boys history.