Song facts: It's for You

It's for You is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1964 and given to British singer Cilla Black. Black was gifted several Lennon/McCartney compositions to record during the 1960s, including: Love of the Loved and Step Inside Love.

McCartney recorded a demo of It's for You on June 3rd 1964, for Cilla Black and producer George Martin to work with.

It's for You LP cover, 1964. 

It's for You LP cover, 1964. 

Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Cilla Black, 1964.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Cilla Black, 1964.

Recording

The Beatles had just returned from Sydney on the morning of July 2nd 1964. That afternoon Cilla Black recorded the song with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Martin at Abbey Road. George Martin produced with McCartney playing piano. 

"That was some session...John and Paul joined me and George Martin. We made one track and then everyone had a go at suggesting how they thought it should be recorded. George said it should be one way, John and Paul another and I just added my suggestions while they were thinking of what else they could do with the composition." - Cilla Black

Chart success

It's for You wasn't a massive success for Cilla Black, who just came off the heels of two number one hits: Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World. The song was released as a single on July 31st, 1964; making it into the UK Top Ten but only staying there for two weeks.

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