Song facts: That Means a Lot

On February 20th 1965 The Beatles continued work on their forthcoming Help! album. On this day they recorded a song which was eventually given away to another artist. 

That Means a Lot was primarily written by Paul McCartney, with some minor input from John. It was intended for release on The Beatles Help! album and film soundtrack but the band were not happy with it. They felt it would be best given to someone else who could make it work.

 "This song is a ballad which Paul and I wrote for the film but we found we just couldn't sing it. In fact, we made a hash of it, so we thought we'd better give it to someone who could do it well." - John Lennon

The Beatles gave it to PJ Proby, who had minor success with the song, reaching number 24 on the NME Chart. A version The Beatles recorded was eventually released on their Anthology 2 album in 1996. 


  • Paul McCartney – vocal, bass, piano
  • John Lennon – backing vocal, acoustic guitar, maracas
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar, maracas
  • Ringo Starr – drums
 Anthology 2 1996. 

Anthology 2 1996. 

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