When was it recorded? Nov. 21, 1967 and Mar. 5, 1968 / Sept. 16, 1968
When was it first released, and on which album? Mar. 8, 1968 as a Cilla Black single / Oct. 28, 1996 on “Anthology 3”
Who wrote it? McCartney / Lennon/McCartney/Starkey
Have I heard these songs before? No / No
What my research dug up:
(The quotation marks in the title won’t cooperate with me.)
Paul was asked by producer Michael Huril to write “Step Inside Love” for English entertainer Cilla Black’s TV show, “Cilla.” I’ve talked about her several times on this blog, and I see I’ve mentioned “Step Inside Love” / “Los Paranoias” at least twice before, too (Day 114: “I Will” and Day 144: “Lady Madonna” if you’re looking). Paul recorded a simple demo at his home in 1967; at this point the song was one verse and the chorus.
Black recorded this version of “Step Inside Love,” and it served as the theme song, appearing in the show’s inaugural episode Jan. 30, 1968. It was later decided the song should be longer, so Paul came to the studio to work it out with Black and Huril. The studio demo was recorded Nov. 21, 1967.
According to Wikipedia, the single version of “Step Inside Love” featured Black singing live over the previously recorded backing track. This extended version of the song premiered on “Cilla” Mar. 5, 1968 and was released as a single three days later. It peaked at #8 on the UK charts.
While recording “I Will” for the White Album Sept. 16, 1968, Paul, John and Ringo performed “a spontaneous run-through of ‘Step Inside Love’” (Beatles Bible). The trio then ad-libbed a tune called “Los Paranoias.” Though George is formally credited, he was not present for this session.
“When we came to sing it, to make them different we started joking, saying ‘cuando para mucho’. We just made it up. Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, so we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something. And of course we got ‘chicka ferdi’ – that’s a Liverpool expression; it doesn’t mean anything, just like ‘ha ha ha’. One we missed: we could have had ‘para noia’, but we forgot all about it. We used to call ourselves Los Para Noias.” — John Lennon (Anthology)
(He’d have to wait for the Plastic Ono Band to credit himself as such.)
The Beatles Bible also posits “Los Paranoias” might have been a shout-out to Trio Los Paraguas, “who often appeared on BBC television shows in the 1950s and 60s.” Here’s the version that appeared on “Anthology 3” in 1996.
If it sounds like the song cuts out halfway through, that’s because it does.