When was it recorded? Apr. 11 & 13, 1966
When was it first released, and on which album? Aug. 5, 1966 on “Revolver”
Who wrote it? Harrison
Have I heard this song before? Yes
What my research dug up:
George wrote “Love You To” while he was first learning how to play the sitar from Indian musician Ravi Shankar.
“I wrote ‘Love You To’ on the sitar, because the sitar sounded so nice and my interest was getting deeper all the time. I wanted to write a tune that was specifically for the sitar. Also it had a tabla part, and that was the first time we used a tabla player.” — George Harrison
As I noted on Day 112: “I Want to Tell You,” song titles were not George’s forte. The working title for this one was “Granny Smith” (a strain of apple).
According to the Beatles Bible, “Recording began on 11 April 1966. Take one was George singing while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, and Paul on backing vocals. Take three saw the introduction of the sitar, which appeared again as an overdub onto take six, along with tabla, bass and fuzz guitar.” Paul’s backing vocals were omitted from the final mix. George played his own sitar part, but professional Anil Bhagwat played the tabla.
Quoth Wikipedia, “‘Love You To’ was the first Beatles song that seriously attempted to incorporate Indian classical music and has even been hailed as the first pop song to emulate a non-western form in structure and instrumentation. As such, it first introduced Western pop music fans to the eastern, Indian music that Harrison would promote for the rest of his career.”
A snippet of “Love You To” appears in the film “Yellow Submarine” when ‘George’ first enters the scene.