All My Loving

Album: With The Beatles (1963)
Charted: 45
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  • This was the first time Paul McCartney wrote the words to a song before the music. The song began as a poem he conceived while he was shaving one morning thinking about his girlfriend Jane Asher, whom he met when she interviewed him for the magazine Radio Times. He wrote the music that night. He originally envisioned it as a country/western song.
  • This Beatles classic was never released as a single, but it was the first song the group played on their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance: February 9, 1964. It was a historic telecast, as over 73 million people tuned in. At the time, that was the largest audience ever for a TV show.
  • McCartney sang lead on this. His vocal was double-tracked to bring it out in the mix.
  • George Harrison's guitar solo was influenced by Chet Atkins, one of his idols when he was learning to play.
  • John Lennon was always fond of the grinding rhythm guitar he contributed to the studio recording. >>
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    Adrian - Wilmington, DE
  • Three very different cover versions charted in the US in 1964: An instrumental by the Hollyridge Strings made #93, a faithful version by Jimmy Griffin hit #118, and a squeaky rendition by The Chipmunks made #134.
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Comments: 44

  • Dell from Phoenix, AzIf you go to You Tube and type in ' Kathy's Waltz ' by Dave Brubek which was recorded in 1959...remember, 1959 and just sit back and listen and when it gets to 1:02 you'll be in for a shock!
  • Paul from Buffalo Ny"All My Loving" was released as a single in Canada by Capital Records. I have a copy. PK
  • Julia from TorontoWhen I was younger my Mom used to slow this song down and sing it to me when I had trouble sleeping. It was really an adorable lullaby. I remember it so well. I never listened to the recorded version of the song, but the tune and lyrics stuck with me for years. I knew it was by the Beatles (I think she told be in a bedside conversation) but I never knew the title of it. When I finally found it and listened to it, I realized it was up-beat. It caught me off guard a bit because I always thought it was slow. Don't get me wrong, it still sounds AMAZING, but that lullaby accapella has a very special place in my heart:)
  • Christopher from Charlotte, NcI believe the first artist to cover this Beatles Classic may have been Annette Funicello. Her version came out on her
    1964 LP "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" Also this song was covered by The Sandpipers as a slow acoustic
    ballad
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjSir Paul McCartney played this with his new band when I saw them at Yankee Stadium this year on the "On The Run" tour. Classic.
  • Kirk from Flemingon, NjWould have been fitting for John's last moments...he ripped it apart on the rhythm guitar. I wish I had his 1958 Rickenbacker 325, and I wish I could play it half as well as he did. What incredible talent!
  • Bethany from Richmond, VaI am a very new Beatles fan - a friend copied a bunch of their albums for me a couple weeks ago. I'm OBSESSED. Their music is not at all what I USED to listen to. I'm a classically trained musician (B.M. degree in progress), and I usually go for music that is complicated with thick textures and the like. Not necessarily classical though. For the record, Mozart is lame.

    So I found the beatles a couple of weeks ago, and my mom has been teasing me because she liked them when she was half my current age (I'm 23...), and I just love them, and wondered, gee I wonder what they're like in a live performance?
    The other night I googled for beatles videos, and came a across their (1st)performance on the Ed Sullivan Show (If you haven't seen it, see it!).

    In general, I take pride in being a rational, logical kind of girl. When I was 13, I hated the backstreet boys and I laughed at my girlfriends who would get all tear-y eyed over them.

    I've mostly heard the Beatles' later stuff and was anticipating the Ed Sullivan gig to be their earlier, bubble-gummy silly stuff.

    So, there I was, with my finger hovering over the play button.

    I push play. Ed Sullivan introduces the Beatles and they start playing, and I don't know WHY, but I seriously broke out in tears. I was mess. I had to watch the bloody clip six times before I knew I could show it to someone without LOSING IT.
    I looked like one of the hysterical girls in the audience, and I was sitting in my bedroom 40 years after the fact.

    I've never seen another band that radiates so much warmth. I've never reacted so emotionally to any music ever. The beatles were one in a zillion.

    They opened the performance with this song, All My Loving.

    Paul McCartney sounds AMAZING on this song (and every other song he sings...).
  • Amanda from Gretna, Vtthe last thing he heard. well, that was sorta ironic. ah well, at least the last thing he heard was his best friend paul.
  • Hugh from Oxford, United KingdomVery good song from Paul.
  • Redrosespdwy from Columbus, OhI'll pretend that I'm kissing the lips I am missing, and hope that my dream will come true. I wish I could dream up such words...
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Moget in line, melissa...haha....anyway, its wierd how this incredibly peppy tune now makes me sad. i still find it unbelievably creepy that it was playing in the hospital.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Mooh god....the last thing he ever heard?.... crap, im gonna cry every time i hear this now! sort of ironic, though, that it just HAPPENED to be playing?
  • Louis from Houston, TxAh, I sang this to my Girlfried... Good Memories!
  • M from Smithtown, NyThe last song John Lennon ever heard? Wow.
  • Julia from *, OhI was watching Oprah Winfrey almost a year ago when she had the director of the movie "Across the Universe" on her show. The director (Julie Taymor) had to privately sit in a theater with Paul, Ringo, Olivia Harrison, and Yoko Ono, all at separate times. When she sat next to Paul alone, the song All My Loving came on and she explained how he started singing along with it softly under his breath! I would've just died right there if I was her out of a mixture of emotions: happiness, nervousness...'cause Paul's my hero! This is one of his best Beatles songs, love it and the "oo-oo" part towards the end! Great song!
  • Melissa from Newtown, Paomg paul mccartney marry me!
  • Dezirae from Endicott, NyThe song is just amazing. =]
    I absolutely love it!
  • Andrea from Sønderborg, DenmarkThis song was on the radio today! Love Paul's voice, it's so cute. So is he!
  • Paul James from Melbourne, AustraliaLong before I was a tadpole my mother say the beatles in melbourne australia, years later she married my father and named me Paul James after Paul Mccartney and my brother John and my sister cynthia after Johns first wife, then we had a cat and named it YOKO mee owww
    Paul Australia
  • George from Belleville, Njthis is a great pop rock song from their early years. both McCartney and Lennon to this day are unequalled in pop song writing and in this song McCartney writes another winner.
  • Paul Isn't Dead from Irvine, CaThis song is one of Paul's best early hits. The lyrics, while very simple, are honest and sentimental, attributes I adore in all of Macca's work.
  • Bram from Zoetermeer, NetherlandsThis is a great Paul song. That melody with that words. And listen to that great great chords on the rythm guitar contribued en played by John. That just makes it perfect!
  • Mel from South Australia, Australiathis was used on the safm (south australian radio station) hot 30 countdown for AGES, where people would shout out to their friends and that throughout the song, it went along so well to the music...mcCartney was a genius!
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoMuzak was originally the name of a company that made and compiled music for various specific purposes, including background music for offices and elevators. Thus, the word came to be used to describe the type of innoffensive and easy listening music generally associated with such uses. Apparently the company still operates, google it!
  • Joey from Hw, United Statesi thought it was im kissing the lips i am missing, i don't hear MMM.
  • Kirsten from Union, NjI love All My Loving Paul did a great job on it!
  • Michelle from Antigonish, CanadaSyliva From London, I Think Thats The Best Word I've Ever Heard..Very "Paul-ish" It's GREAT, If Ever I'm In Need To Discribe A Beatles Song (Which Is Almost Everyday In My Life) I'll Just Say "Paul-ish, or George-ish or John-ish or Ringo-ish or Beatle-ish" B-E-A-Utiful!!!
  • Sylvia from London, EnglandNice song, very Paul-ish!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis was the first time that George Martin double-tracked Paul's vocal, and later admitted that it was a mistake, unlike John, George or Ringo, Paul's vocals didn't need to be double-tracked. After this, Martin rarely double-tracked Paul's voice.

  • Lee from Clearwater, FlThis is as much a signature line of the Early Beatles as I Want To Hold Your Hand, or She Loves You, and I Saw Her Standing There. I liked it best on Ed Sullivan, because George played a certain guitar lick more often on that show than on the record.
  • John from Dublin, United StatesThis was Linda McCartney's favourite Beatles song
  • Benjamin from Cheverly, MdOne of the best
  • Kat from Sydney, Australiayeah well i reckon they if they were doing it as a tribute, kinda mooving, but coulda picked a song he actually wrote... if they didnt even know what they were playing its creepily ironic... we all send our loving to him... hmmm
  • Joseph from Manteca, CaI Don't think they had satelite radio in 1980, Ashley.
  • Takashi from Tokyo, JapanPaulo's Right: Muzak is elevator music.
  • Martin from Sterling, VaThe broadcast of this song played on the Ed Sullivan show was placed on Anthology 1, complete with "Ladies and gentlemen, the BEATLES!" and the screaming crowd.

    Yeah, it is creepy that this was played as Lennon died. Funny how it was a Paul song... (although the slowness of muzak combined with John's dying-ness probably made him incapable of hearing it... pity.)
  • Alan from New Baltimore, MiThis song has an admitted error (by Paul): when he sings "I'll pretend I am missing the lips I am missing" it should actually be "I'll pretend I am KISSING the lips I am missing." It's a pretty obvious error.
  • Jordi from L'hospitalet De Llobregat, SpainIn 1992, a spanish group "Los manolos", make a version of this song
  • Dave from Springfield, United Stateswhen i first heard the line "i'll pretend that i'm kissing??" i thought it said "i'll pretend I am missing the lips I ain't kissing". sounds kinda mean, eh?
  • Ashley from Scranton, PaMusak is like satelite radio. go to your local department store
  • Paulo from New York, NyMuzak is basically elevator music, if I'm not mistaken.
  • Tzipora Leah from Cedarhurst, NyWhat's muzak mean?
  • Marie from Nyc, NyIntersting fact, how do you know that?
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcA muzak version of this was playing at the Roosevelt hospital as John Lennon lay dying the night of Dec. 8 1980.
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