Thursday, March 15, 2012

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You
Single sleeve for "P.S. I Love You."

Paul McCartney was the principal writer of "P.S. I Love You," but John Lennon sings some of the vocals. This is one of the most equal singing collaborations in Beatles history, but Paul certainly leaves his mark on this one. Paul has said:
It’s just an idea for a song really, a theme song based on a letter, like the Paperback Writer idea. It was pretty much mine. I don’t think John had much of a hand in it. There are certain themes that are easier than others to hang a song on, and a letter is one of them… The letter is a popular theme and it’s just my attempt at one of those. It’s not based in reality, nor did I write it to my girlfriend from Hamburg, which some people think.
John Lennon agreed on the authorship:
That’s Paul’s song. He was trying to write a “Soldier Boy” like the Shirelles. He wrote that in Germany, or when we were going to and from Hamburg. I might have contributed something. I can’t remember anything in particular. It was mainly his song.
"Soldier Boy" was a No. 1 hit for the Shirelles in the United States in 1962, around the time that Paul would have been writing "P.S. I Love You."

P.S. I Love You

"P.S. I Love You" was the B-side of the "Love Me Do" single released on 5 October 1962 in the United Kingdom and 27 April 1964 in the United States. This was the height of Beatlemania, and not only did "Love Me Do" hit No. 1 in the States, "P.S. I Love You" hit No. 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. That's not bad for a song that wasn't intended as an "A" side. Strangely enough, "P.S. I Love You" returned to the UK charts in 1982, peaking at No. 4. So, "P.S. I Love You" was a Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic, though it took 20 years for it to attain that status.

P.S. I Love You
The Boys sure do look stern on this cover! George kind of has a Spock vibe.

"P.S. I Love You" is a very pretty song off of the early "Please Please Me" album. Paul has been known to sing it in concern, such as during his 1990 tour when he did an "updated" medley of the tune along with "Love Me Do."

P.S. I Love You


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