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Top of the Charts: “She Loves You” by The Beatles

Mar. 21, 1964 - Hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 today is “She Loves You,” a recording by The Beatles.

The single was released in the U.S. last September but garnered very little radio airplay. Overall, it sold approximately 1,000 copies at that time and failed to chart on Billboard. In the wake of “Beatlemania” in this country, the single re-emerged, and after sitting at No. 2 for four weeks behind another Beatle song, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” it has hit the top.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney started composing “She Loves You” on June 26, 1963, after a concert during their British tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers. They began writing the song on the tour bus and continued later that night at their hotel in Newcastle, eventually completing it the follow day at McCartney’s family home in Liverpool. It was recorded on July 1, less than a week after it was written.


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