The Beatles tell quite a tale in this tidy pop song. Some poor guy thinks he has lost his girl for good, but he's redeemed when he finds out from a friend that she still loves him. There's even a moral at the end of the story: "Pride can hurt you too." Good advice when arguing with a loved one.
This was an instant hit in the England, but not in America where it was released on Swan records, the only US label that would take it. Swan put it out in September 1963, but while The Beatles were huge in England, they were still no big deal in America until February 1964. That's when Beatlemania took hold and this became a US hit.
This was one of four Beatles songs that was never released in stereo. The others are "Love Me Do," "I'll Get You" and "You Know My Name."
In the UK, this is the biggest-selling Beatles single. It was the held the record for top-selling UK single of all time until 1977, when Wings (led by McCartney) topped it with "Mull Of Kintyre."
Jack Paar played a video clip of this on his show on January 3, 1964. The Beatles had appeared on news clips as part of stories about their success in England, but this was the first time they appeared on a US TV talk show. They also played it on both of their live Ed Sullivan Show appearances. When The Beatles agreed to do the show, they were not a big deal in America and took less money than most acts received for their fee. When The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, it got the largest audience ever for a TV show. Sullivan began having regular musical guests from the world of popular music, and it became a showcase for groups like The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
This was one of the Beatles songs that held the Top 5 positions on the US chart on April 4, 1964. Others were: "Twist and Shout," "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please, Please Me."
This song was played at the conclusion of the concert sequence at the end of the film A Hard Day's Night, although it wasn't included on the soundtrack album.
Norman Smith, who was The Beatles engineer, told the story in his autobiography John Called me Normal about feeling his heart sink when he spotted the lyrics on the music stand. As he later relayed to Mark Lewinsohn: "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah, She loves you, yeah yeah yeah, she loves you yeah yeah yeah yeah... I thought, My God, what a lyric! This is going to be the one I do not like."
In August 2009 the Official Chart Company compiled a list of the Beatles biggest selling hits in the UK, including re-issues. They revealed that this song was the Fab Four's best seller in their native country, followed by "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Can't Buy Me Love."
The single of this was the first record Ozzy Osbourne ever bought. The Beatles were a big influence on him because they were also poor kids from a small town in England.