Song facts: She's a Woman

On October 8th 1964, The Beatles recorded a new Paul McCartney song She's a Woman. The song was recorded in just five hours for the band's last single of the year. It appeared as the B-side to I Feel Fine on November 23rd, 1964. 

The singing style of Little Richard was a huge influence on McCartney and this song is largely seen as a homage to his rock and roll forebears. She's a Woman was used in the Beatles' live repertoire in 1965. 

I have a recollection of walking round St John's Wood with that in my mind so I might have written it at home and finished it up on the way to the studio, finally polished it in the studio, maybe just taken John aside for a second and checked with him, 'What d'you think?' 'Like it.' 'Good. Let's do it!' - Paul McCartney

That's Paul with some contribution from me on lines, probably. We put in the words 'turns me on'. We were so excited to say 'turn me on' - you know, about marijuana and all that, using it as an expression. - John Lennon

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – vocal, bass, piano
  • John Lennon – rhythm guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, chocalho
  • George Martin – producer
  • Norman Smith – engineer
Paul McCartney circa 1965. 

Paul McCartney circa 1965. 

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th 1965. 

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15th 1965.