Song facts: If I Needed Someone

On October 16th 1965, on the same day they recorded Day Tripper, The Beatles also recorded a new George Harrison song If I Needed Someone, for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. 

In writing the song, Harrison borrowed heavily from the music of The Byrds, specifically the song The Bells of Rhymney. Before Rubber Soul was released Harrison actually sent a recording to Byrds' frontman Roger McGuinn, acknowledging his influence on Harrison's new song.

"If I Needed Someone is like a million other songs written around a D chord. If you move your finger about you get various little melodies. That guitar line, or variations on it, is found in many a song, and it amazes me that people still find new permutations of the same notes." - George Harrison

If I Needed Someone is the only George Harrison song that The Beatles performed live. It was included in their live repertoire in late 1965, along with John Lennon's Nowhere Man, also from Rubber Soul. Harrison performed the song at The Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park, on August 29th 1966.

Personnel

  • George Harrison – double-tracked vocal, twelve-string lead guitar
  • John Lennon – harmony vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • George Martin – harmonium
George Harrison live, circa 1965. 

George Harrison live, circa 1965. 

George Harrison filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

George Harrison filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

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