Day 94: “Hold Me Tight”

When was it recorded?  Feb. 11 and Sept. 12, 1963

When was it first released, and on which album?  Nov. 22, 1963 on “With the Beatles”

Who wrote it?  McCartney (with noteworthy contribution from Lennon)

Have I heard this song before?  No

What my research dug up:

Based on my research, “Hold Me Tight” is one of the redheaded stepchildren of the Beatles catalogue.

“That was Paul’s. Maybe I stuck some bits in there – I don’t remember. It was a pretty poor song and I was never really interested in it either way.” — John Lennon (David Sheff, All We Are Saying)


“When we first started it was all singles and we were always trying to write singles … ‘Hold Me Tight’ was a failed attempt at a single which then became an acceptable album filler.” — Paul McCartney (Barry Miles, Many Years From Now)


“I can’t remember much about that one. Certain songs were just ‘work’ songs, you haven’t got much memory of them. That’s one of them.” — Paul McCartney (Mark Lewisohn, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions)

Ouch.  A refresher for Paul – he wrote it with John at his Liverpool home in 1961. The Quarrymen/Beatles performed “Hold Me Tight” during most of their live shows for the following two years.

The Beatles attempted 13 takes of “Hold Me Tight” for their debut album, “Please Please Me” on Feb. 11. However, none of these takes took and the demos were destroyed. They revisited the song seven months later, recording nine takes. Quoth the Beatles Bible, “The Beatles evidently didn’t rate the song too highly, and the fluffed lyrics, lack of bass in the mix and McCartney’s often out-of-tune vocals suggest they didn’t take the recording too seriously either.” The final version was also varispeeded – a type of pitch control change — to change the key from E to F and to make it faster.

Yeah, it’s not the best Beatles song. It has more of a ‘50s rock feel and kind of reminds me of surf rock (those guitar parts). So, good but not great, but a band with this many songs is bound to have a clunker or two.




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