Song facts: The Night Before, You Like Me Too Much

The Night Before

Paul McCartney wrote The Night Before in 1965 for The Beatles' Help! album and film. The song is credited to Lennon/McCartney but the piece is entirely Paul's. The song also featured in the Help! film The Beatles filmed on the Salisbury Plain.

"That's Paul again. I'll just say it's Paul, meaning I don't remember anything about it except it was in the movie Help!" - John Lennon

Although The Beatles never performed the song at any of their concerts, they recorded a performance for their final BBC radio session on May 26th, 1965.

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, bass, lead guitar
  • John Lennon – backing vocal, electric piano
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead and rhythm guitars
  • Ringo Starr – drums

You Like Me Too Much

You Like Me Too Much was written by George Harrison for inclusion on The Beatles' Help! album and film. This was the second of two Harrison songs on the LP; the other being I Need You; it was also Harrison's first song contributions since 1963's Don't Bother Me, which was released on With the Beatles.

Personnel  

  • George Harrison – double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar
  • John Lennon – Hohner Pianet electric piano, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – bass, piano, harmony vocal
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • George Martin – piano
George Harrison and Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

George Harrison and Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Recording

The Beatles recorded The Night Before and You Like Me Too Much at Abbey Road, on February 17th 1965. The first session took place between 2-7 pm as The Beatles began work on The Night Before. Lennon played electric piano accompanied by Paul's bass; he also provided backing vocals along with George, who played both rhythm and lead guitar on the track.

The evening session began with work on George Harrison's You Like Me Too Much, which was recorded in eight takes between 7-11 pm. McCartney and Harrison played a Steinway grand piano while Lennon played electric piano. George Martin also played piano, with Ringo on drums.

Release

The Night Before and You Like Me Too Much were released on The Beatles' Help! album on August 6th 1965. The Night Before was issued as a single in Japan featuring Another Girl as the B-side. 

Help! UK album cover, 1965. 

Help! UK album cover, 1965.