I Wanna Be Your Man




Authorship:

McCartney (.7) and Lennon (.3)

LENNON: "Both of us [wrote it] but mainly Paul....I helped him finish it." Hit Parader (April 1972)

The Rolling Stones recorded their version of "I Wanna Be Your Man" in October of 1963, Day hoping it would succeed as a commericial single. They'd first heard the song at a rehearsal when Stones manager Andrew Oldham invited Lennon and McCartney in to peddle their wares. RS (October 12, 1968)

The two Beatles actually finished writing the song for the Stones, providing them with their first big hit.

A-Z says Lennon and McCartney wrote it in ten minutes.

LENNON: "I Wanna Be Your Man' was a kind of lick Paul had....It was a throwaway. The only two versions of the song were Ringo and the Rolling Stones. That shows how much importance we put on it: We weren't going to give them anything great, right?" Spet. 1980, Playboy Interviews

Recorded:

Sept. 11 and 12 and Oct. 3 and 23, 1963, at Abbey Road

Abbey; Road says July 15.

Instrumentation:

McCartney: bass, harmony vocal Harrison: lead guitar Lennon: rhythm guitar, Hammond Starr: drums, maracas, lead vocal organ, harmony vocal

Record; Road says Harrison sang harmony vocals

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