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Komm, gib mir deine Hand / Sie liebt dich

By The Beatles7" Single• Part of the collection “The Beatles • Singles

Timeline See what happened in February 1964
German release date:
Feb 04, 1964
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Komm, gib mir deine Hand

Written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Jean Nicolas, Lee Montague

2:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Handclaps, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Handclaps, Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1964
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France


2.

Sie liebt dich

Written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Jean Nicolas, Heinz Hellmer

2:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1964
Studio:
EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

About

From Wikipedia:

Komm, gib mir deine Hand/Sie liebt dich” (English: “Come On, Give Me Your Hand/She Loves You“) was a single released on 4 February 1964 by The Beatles in Germany. They are the German language versions of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You“, respectively, and were translated by Luxembourger musician Camillo Felgen, under the pseudonym of “Jean Nicolas“.

Sie liebt dich“, along with the original “She Loves You” B-side “I’ll Get You“, was released as a single in the United States on 21 May 1964. This release reached No. 97 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Both tracks are currently available on the Past Masters double CD compilation by The Beatles.

Composition

The lyrics were translated to German language by Camillo Felgen, a Luxembourger singer, lyricist and television/radio presenter, upon request by EMI’s German producer Otto Demler. Demler also asked Felgen to fly to Paris, where the Beatles were on tour, to teach them phonetically the new lyrics of their songs during a recording session. Felgen used “Jean Nicolas” as alias for his songwriting credit—his full name was Camillo Jean Nicolas Felgen. Two other non-Beatles are credited, one “Montogue” on “Sie liebt dich“, and a “Heinz Hellmer” on “Komm, gib mir deine Hand“. It appears that both “Heinz Hellmer” and “Jean Montague” (incorrectly spelled on the credits as “Montogue”) were additional pseudonyms employed by Felgen as a tax dodge.

Recording

The German sub-label of EMI, Odeon Records, persuaded George Martin and Brian Epstein, insisting that the Beatles “should record their biggest songs in German so that they could sell more records there.” Martin agreed to the proposal, and persuaded the Beatles to comply.

In their only post-Parlophone-signing recording session outside the United Kingdom, the Beatles recorded Paul McCartney’s new song “Can’t Buy Me Love“, and the German versions of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You“, “Komm, gib mir deine Hand” and “Sie liebt dich“, respectively, on 29 January 1964 at EMI’s Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris. The band was in France for a 19-day series of concerts at the Olympia Theatre. The recording session was scheduled for 27 January, but the Beatles were reluctant to attend it.

Komm, gib mir deine Hand” was the first song to be recorded. The Beatles recorded eleven takes, and the new German vocals were mixed with the original instrumental. The handclaps were overdubbed. As the original instrumental of “She Loves You” was destroyed by EMI after it had been mixed for mono, the Beatles had to re-record “Sie liebt dich” from scratch. The Beatles recorded the instrumental in thirteen takes, and then they recorded their German vocals. “Sie liebt dich” kept the “Yeah, yeah, yeah” refrain from the original.

The stereo mixes of “Komm, gib mir deine Hand” and “Sie liebt dich” were mixed by George Martin on 13 March 1964 at Abbey Road Studios, while the Beatles were filming A Hard Day’s Night. Copies of the mixes were sent to West Germany and the United States.

Martin later said of the songs: “They were right, actually, it wasn’t necessary for them to record in German, but they weren’t graceless; they did a good job.

Outside Germany

Parlophone released “Komm, gib mir deine Hand” c/w “Sie liebt dich” by “Die Beatles” (A8117) as a single in Australia during the band’s tour of that country, on 21 June 1964. It was the only Beatles single not to chart in that country.

Sie liebt dich” was released as a single in the United States on 21 May 1964, by Swan Records. The single also contained the original “She Loves You” B-side, “I’ll Get You“. Swan Records had released “She Loves You” in September 1963, and claimed the rights to issue “Sie liebt dich” as well. The single peaked at No. 97 in the Billboard Hot 100. “Komm, gib mir deine Hand” was released by Capitol Records as a track on the American Beatles album Something New on 20 July 1964.

Last updated on February 19, 2016


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