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You Really Got A Hold On Me

Written by Smokey Robinson

Album This song officially appears on the With the Beatles (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” is a song written by Smokey Robinson which became a 1962 Top 10 hit single for the Miracles on the Tamla (Motown) label. One of the Miracles’ most covered tunes, this million-selling song received a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award. It has also been selected as one of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was covered by The Beatles on their second album, With The Beatles.

Composition

You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” was written by Smokey Robinson while in New York in 1962 on business for Motown; he heard Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me“, which was in the charts at the time, and – influenced by it – wrote the song in his hotel room. […]

Release

The song was released on the Tamla label on November 9, 1962 as the B side to “Happy Landing“. “Happy Landing” charted regionally; however, the nation’s Dee-Jays flipped the record over, because they liked “Hold On Me” better. With “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” as the A side, the single reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart, peaking at number eight, and was a number-one smash on the Billboard R&B singles chart during the winter of 1962-63. The Miracles’ original version is a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. It was also the group’s second single to sell over a million copies, after “Shop Around“. It would be included on the album The Fabulous Miracles over three months after its release. […]

The Beatles version

You Really Got a Hold on Me” [sic] was the first track recorded for the Beatles’ second United Kingdom LP, With the Beatles, and features John Lennon on lead vocal with George Harrison and Paul McCartney on close harmony lead. The Beatles acquired an imported copy by the Miracles and included it in their repertoire early in 1963. In a 1968 interview, Smokey Robinson reported that he liked their cover.

The Beatles recorded the song on July 18, 1963. This session took place while Please Please Me was still at number one in the album charts four months after its release, and in the midst of a rigorous touring schedule that also had to include BBC sessions for radio and television. It was completed in seven takes, four of which were complete. The group then recorded four edit pieces. The final version was an edit of takes 7, 10 and 11.

The Beatles also recorded “You Really Got a Hold on Me” on four occasions for BBC radio in 1963. One of these, from July 30, 1963 was included on the Live at the BBC collection. A live version recorded in Stockholm, Sweden in October 1963 was released in 1995 on Anthology 1. The song was performed once again in 1969, during the Let It Be recording sessions, and featured in the 1970 documentary film, Let It Be. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 21 Aug 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1206 With the Beatles 1963.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46436 2 With the Beatles 1987.
  • [b] stereo 29 Oct 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3045 With the Beatles 1963.
  • [b1] stereo remixed from [b] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2080 Second 1964.
  • [b2] mono made from [b] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2080 Second.

In mono [a], the instrumental track is mixed relatively quiet until the line “oh ho ho you treat me badly”, when it comes up to a more normal level; in stereo [b] it starts at normal level and remains.

Last updated on February 9, 2016

Lyrics

I don't like you
But I love you
Seems that I'm always
Thinking of you
Oh, oh, oh
You treat me badly
I love you madly
You've really got a hold on me
You've really got a hold on me, baby

I don't want you
But I need you
Don't want to kiss you
But I need you
Oh, oh, oh
You do me wrong now
My love is strong now
You've really got a hold on me
You've really got a hold on me, baby

I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me
Tied up
Tied up

I want to leave you
Don't want to stay here
Don't want to spend
Another day here
Oh, oh, oh, I want to split now
I just can quit now
You've really got a hold on me
You've really got a hold on me, baby

I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me

You've really got a hold on me
You've really got a hold on me

Officially appears on


With the Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

3:01 • Studio versionA • Mono

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

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 21, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


With the Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

3:01 • Studio versionB • Stereo

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

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


The Beatles' Second Album (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

3:05 • Studio versionB2 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

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

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


The Beatles' Second Album (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

3:04 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo • Stereo remixed from [B] by Capitol

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

Session Recording:
Jul 18, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

2:38 • Radio showL1 • One of four BBC performances recorded in summer 1963 of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ hit. The Beatles released their EMI version on With The Beatles in November.

Concert From "Saturday Club" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 24, 1963


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:58 • LiveL2

Klas Burling:
Producer
Hans Westman:
Engineer

Concert From "Pop '63" in Stockholm, Sweden on Oct 24, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:54 • LiveL3

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 04, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:57 • LiveL4

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 17, 1963

Bootlegs


Looking Through The Bent Backed Tulips

Unofficial live

2:58 • Live


The BBC Archives Volume 2

Unofficial album

2:53 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial album

3:01 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 6

Unofficial album

2:45 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 7

Unofficial album

2:56 • Radio show


Live performances

“You Really Got A Hold On Me” has been played in 12 concerts.

Latest concerts where “You Really Got A Hold On Me” has been played








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