Every Little Thing (song)

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"Every Little Thing"
Song by the Beatles from the album Beatles for Sale
Released4 December 1964 (1964-12-04)
Recorded29–30 September 1964,
EMI Studios, London
GenreRock
Length2:01
LabelParlophone
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing
 
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"Every Little Thing"
Song by the Beatles from the album Beatles for Sale
Released4 December 1964 (1964-12-04)
Recorded29–30 September 1964,
EMI Studios, London
GenreRock
Length2:01
LabelParlophone
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing

"Every Little Thing" is a song written by Paul McCartney[1] (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by the Beatles on their 1964 British album Beatles for Sale. In North America, Capitol released it as the last track on Beatles VI.

Composition[edit]

McCartney wrote the song in a music room at the home of Jane Asher, where he was living at the time.[2] He hoped that it would be released as a single, but it "didn't have quite what was required", and was released on Beatles for Sale instead.[1]

"Every Little Thing" is a rare example of a Lennon/McCartney tune in which one member of the partnership was primary composer (here McCartney) but the other sang lead vocal (here John Lennon).[3][4] McCartney sings harmony, although one can hear him better in the refrain. The song's composer is not in question: McCartney claimed the song as described above,[1] and Lennon said in an interview with Playboy that McCartney wrote it.[5]

Recording[edit]

The released version was recorded by the Beatles in four takes at EMI Studios on 29 September 1964, and then five more on 30 September.[6] They were enjoying themselves on the second night; take six was aborted due to McCartney burping his vocals, and take seven was finished but ended in loud laughter.[6] It is one of few early Beatles tracks to feature "exotic" instrumentation: Ringo Starr plays the timpani on the track to add punctuating one-two flourishes to the refrains. This appeared for the first time on the ninth take, along with a guitar intro and piano piece.[6]

Reviews[edit]

Music critic Ian MacDonald praised the song's "emotional depth" and used this song and others as counter-arguments to the caricature of McCartney as an emotional lightweight.[3] Richie Unterberger of Allmusic also praised the song and its "infectious chorus".[7] This song was revisited briefly during the stressful rehearsals that were recorded for the Get Back/Let It Be project, with Harrison playing the lick and McCartney joining in.

Personnel[edit]

The Beatles

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

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