in 57 Wimpole Street, London.
was completed in 17 takes. at EMI Studios in Studio 2 on 17 October 1963.
The single had been intended for release in mid-January 1964.
director to get British Overseas Airways Corporation to ship in a copy of “I Want to Hold Your
Hand” from Britain. The song proved to be a huge hit and Capitol came to the conclusion that
they could well take advantage of the publicity, releasing the single two weeks ahead of schedule
on 26 December.
Hot 100 chart, and stayed there for seven weeks, starting the British Invasion of the American
with Paul McCartney holding a cigarette.
“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?…’I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single.
Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it.
That’s what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years.
Not a Porsche…or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a
feeling that they can’t hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced
back to ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ And every single successful love story has those
unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.”
David Levithan , Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, 2006