Welcome to "Every Little Thing", a blog discussing all 214 songs released by the Beatles from 1962 to 1970....by Daniel Seth Levine.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

#25: 'Til There Was You

Written by: Meredith Wilson
Released: November 22nd, 1963
Appears on: with the beatles
Lead vocal: Paul

Paul's performance of Meredith Wilson's show tune from The Music Man is one of those that just pull at everything you've got. It's touching and sentimental and so perfect. It's not only his vocal (since we've been forgiving him for 46 years of hearing "sawr", I think we can go a few more), but George gives this mind-blowing guitar performance that just blows anything he had done prior out of the water. Anybody who says that George wasn't that great just has to listen to his solo to be proven wrong.
The Beatles constantly brought out "'Til There Was You" as the example of their versatility. Please Please Me had "A Taste Of Honey", but "'Til There Was You" became the favorite. In fact, it is the only cover from with the beatles that Capitol chose to issue on Meet The Beatles! and it was performed during the 1964 world tour.
There are two very famous performances of "'Til There Was You" by The Beatles. The first was at the Royal Command Variety show on November 4, 1963. There, Paul introduces the song as a slower number by one of their favorite American 'groups' - Sophie Tucker!
The second big performance was during the first Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. The funny thing about that is that their names appear on the screen and John's shows "sorry girls - he's married!".
Paul performed the song on his US 2006 tour, which had actually been the first time he did it on stage since doing it with the Beatles in 1964.

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