“And I Love Her” is a song recorded by English rock band The Beatles, written primarily by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney). It is the fifth track of their third album, A Hard Day’s Night, and was released 20 July 1964 along with “If I Fell” as a single release by Capitol Records in the United States, reaching No. 12 on the BillboardHot 100.
The Beatles performed “And I Love Her” just once outside Abbey Road Studios; on 14 July 1964, they played it for an edition of the BBC’s Top Gear radio show, which was broadcast two days later.
A majority of the composition shifts back and forth between the key of E and its relative minor C#m. It also changes keys altogether just before the solo, to Gm. The final chord is a D major. This technique of ending is known as Picardy third resolution.
The song was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the middle eight section (“A love like ours/Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me”).
Beatles publisher Dick James lends support to this claim, saying that the middle eight was added during recording at the suggestion of producer George Martin (an early take of the song was released on Anthology 1 in 1995, and the middle eight had not yet been added). According to James, Lennon called for a break and “within half an hour [Lennon and McCartney] wrote…a very constructive middle to a very commercial song. “McCartney, on the other hand, maintains that “the middle eight is mine…. I wrote this on my own. I would say that John probably helped with the middle eight, but he can’t say ‘It’s mine’.”
“The ‘And’ in the title was an important thing – ‘And I Love Her,’ it came right out of left field, you were right up to speed the minute you heard it,” McCartney said. “The title comes in the second verse and it doesn’t repeat. You would often go to town on the title, but this was almost an aside: ‘Oh . . . and I love you.'”
McCartney credits George Harrison with composing the signature guitar riff, saying it “made a stunning difference to the song”.
McCartney called “And I Love Her” “the first ballad I impressed myself with.” Lennon called it McCartney’s “first ‘Yesterday.'”
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