P.S. I Love You

Album: Please Please Me (1962)
Charted: 10
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Songfacts®:

  • Paul McCartney wrote "P.S. I Love You" in Hamburg, Germany, while The Beatles were the house band at The Star Club, where they spent much of 1962 improving their skills with constant live performances. An early favorite, the band performed the song at their Parlophone Records audition on June 6, 1962.
  • It was long believed that McCartney wrote this for Dot Rhone, the Liverpool girl he was dating at the time. She'd traveled to Hamburg with John Lennon's girlfriend, Cynthia, to visit the band. McCartney has denied that the song is about any particular person.
  • A very early Beatles song, this is a great example of how the group forged a very personal relationship with their fans through songs that spoke directly to the listener. The words "I," "You," "Me" and "Love" show up in many of their early hits, creating a strong connection between band and listener.
  • This was used as the B-side of "Love Me Do," the first Beatles release in the UK. It was going to be their first single, but Peggy Lee had a song out with the same title so the record company decided to release "Love Me Do" instead.
  • Please Please Me is the only Beatles album with the original songs credited to "McCartney/Lennon"; hereafter (and in subsequent releases of this album on CD), they would be credited as the more familiar "Lennon/McCartney." >>
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  • In 2007, a movie called P.S. I Love You was released starring Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow and Gerard Butler.
  • Lennon said that, with this song, McCartney was reaching for something akin to "Soldier Boy" by the Shirelles.
  • Session drummer Andy White, rather than Ringo Starr, plays drums on the most widely heard version of this song. He also played on the final version of "Love Me Do" and on an unused version of "Please Please Me."

    When the Please Please Me sessions started, Pete Best was supposed to be the drummer. Producer George Martin didn't appreciate his style so he got rid of him and brought in Starr. Martin was also dissatisfied with Starr's playing on "Love Me Do."

    So, Scotsman Hunter Davies was brought in as the third option. He drummed for "Love Me Do," then stayed and did "P.S. I Love You" during the same session.

    The band released the version with Starr's drumming as the initial UK single, but White's version was used on the American pressings and soon became the standard. Starr's version is on Rarities and Past Masters.

    White never received any royalties for the song and earned only £5 pounds (about $8)for his playing. Ringo did appear on the track: he played maracas.

Comments: 22

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAndy White, hired by producer George Martin to play drums on "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," passed away November 9th, 2015. in New Jersey at the age of 85.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 10th 1964 Vee-Jay Records of Chicago released the album 'Introducing The Beatles'...
    And on that day the #1 album was "The Singing Nun" by the Singing Nun and ten days later on January 20th Capitol Records released 'Meet The Beatles'...
    Four tracks from the album made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "Love Me Do" (#1 for 1 week), "Twist and Shout (#2 for 4 weeks), "P.S. I Love You" (#10 for 1 week), and "There's A Place" (#74 for 1 week); these four songs were on the Tollie Records label, which was a subsidiary of Vee-Jay Records...
    R.I.P. John and George.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaPaul penned a "neat" song and on the words "as I write" he subconciously choses the
    chord change of a neopolitan 6th...which is magical sounding...The Hollyridge Strings under the agesis of arranger Stu Phillips did a great version of this. I believe it was a single on Capitol in '64...by the way Happy MArriage to Paul and his new wife getting married today. (10-09-11)
  • Ruth from Indianapolis, InWell, that's certainly an interesting story. I'd love to believe that it was a letter addressed to John (because there's no denying -- unless you're Paul, that is -- that Paul was extremely jealous of Stu's relationship with John). I guess it's a matter of whom you ask. Dot says it was for her, Paul changes his story too much (as it was once said somewhere in an old interview that it was based on the letters he'd write to her while in Hamburg), and who knows how much you can believe Pete?
  • Frank from Santa Cruz, CaThere's a very interesting story behind this song, and as Paul himself has said, it has nothing to do with Dorothy Rhone. In a September 2000 interview, Pete Best commented that Paul wrote it to Stuart Sutcliffe, the lyrics apparently adapted from one of Paul's letters to Stuart.

    http://www.rickresource.com/rrp/petebest.html

    Also read Sutcliffe's letters, published by his sister in 2001. Lennon and Sutcliffe had been living together for some time, in a clearly intimate relationship. Paul has said he was "jealous" of Stuart's relationship with John, but from the evidence it was the other way around: Paul was jealous of John's relationship with Stuart.
  • K from Nowhere, OnKrissy, it actually did come out in 62. The Please Please Me album came out in 63, but the Love Me Do/ Please Please Me single was released in 62.
  • Dario from Miami, FlIf you listen close, between 1:23 and 1:36 the call and response is John, Paul and George, not just John and Paul. John: "Ohhh", Paul, "You know I want you too", George "Yeah".
  • Ruth from Indianapolis, InWhy isn't it mentioned that this song was written while in Hamburg for Paul's first fiancée, Dot Rhone?
  • Michael from Chicago, Il1:23 - 1:36 On the call/response: That's Paul 'responding': 1)OHHHH... 2)You know I want you to... 3)Yeah... That's not John. (Paul's singing lead.)
  • Lateeka from Kelowna, CanadaThe best part of this song is 1:23 - 1:36 --- John-OHHHH , Paul-You know I want you to
    **Harmony**-Remember that I'll always **Paul(Yeah)**
    Be in love with you

    Beatles were excellent musicians even back in the earlly sixties before there transformation 1965-1970 ... i love how broad they were....
  • Forrest from Rochester, MnHaunting, tastefully understated harmonies.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaGood song. But it actually came out in 63' becuase thats when Please Please Me album came out.
  • Krista from Elyria, OhI love the part when he sings "You, you youuuuu"! It sound so beautiful!
  • Lisa from Eugene, OrBette Midler Covers this song in the Movie For the Boys.
  • John from Woburn, MaGreat song, i love paul's call and response singing in the last verse
  • Steve from Fenton, MoGood point, Ken. I never thought of it that way. I'd never heard the Peggy Sue interpretation and I've read much of what's been published on the Beatles over the years. Thanks for sharing it.
  • Ken from Louisville, KySome have reported that "P.S." besides being the abbreviation for "postscript" also meant "Peggy Sue". Paul was (and is) a HUGE Buddy Holly fan and it has been suggested this was a homage to him.
  • Roman from Vilnius, Othermy facts:

    • Paul writed dedicated it to his friend Dorothy 'Dot' Rhone

    • Performed at their Parlophone Records audition on June 6, 1962. Pete Best on Drums

    • Andy White was invited to recording session of this song..
  • Brian from Meriden, CtThis song, indeed, illustrates the fact that the Fab 4 were in a period of perfecting their chops. Not their best by a long shot. Shortly after in 1964 the Beatles released some GREAT records, i.e. - "She Loves You," "Twist and Shout," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Tell Me Why," etc. along with some very average ones, i.e - "Do You Want to Know a Secret," "From Me to You," the song in question, etc. Still it was a pretty nice love song. It always struck me that in that early period the Beatles made some of the best music of their career - these songs burned, and John played a big role - yet still put out some much less venerable studio performances. Even without the wealth of all the lyricism and studio magic that followed and the emergence of Paul as a modern-day Mozart the Beatles as young kids showed examples of why they were the best and the importance of these early songs in their peerlessly varied body of work.
  • Mauricio from Hanford, CaVery good love song
  • Keith from Slc, UtFollowing the success of this song, the then-resort town of Palm Springs, California sponsored an ad campaign using the title of the song.
  • Liliana from Huntley, Ilno comments? this song may not have hit it big but it's still fabulous, nice example of their early work. c'mon people
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