Song facts: From Me to You
From Me to You is a song co-wrote by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1963. It was written on February 28th 1963, while The Beatles were touring the UK with Helen Shapiro. Lennon and McCartney sat at the back of their tour bus and worked out the lyrics and music.
From Me to You was one of the last Beatles' songs to have the writing credit McCartney/Lennon; shortly after it became Lennon/McCartney.
"I remember John and Paul coming up to me to ask if I would like to hear a couple of songs that they had just written. They were looking for opinions because they were undecided about which should be their next single. We crowded around a piano and Paul played, while the two of them sang their latest composition. One was Thank You Girl, and the other was From Me To You, which I liked best." - Helen Shapriro
"The night Paul and I wrote From Me To You, we were on the Helen Shapiro tour, on the coach, travelling from York to Shrewsbury. We weren't taking ourselves seriously - just fooling around on the guitar - when we began to get a good melody line, and we really started to work at it. Before that journey was over, we'd completed the lyric, everything. I think the first line was mine and we took it from there. What puzzled us was why we'd thought of a name like From Me To You. It had me thinking when I picked up the NME to see how we were doing in the charts. Then I realised - we'd got the inspiration from reading a copy on the coach. Paul and I had been talking about one of the letters in the From You To Us column." - John Lennon
"Our songwriting lifted a little with that song. It was very much co-written. We were starting to meet other musicians then and we'd start to see other people writing. After that, on another tour bus with Roy Orbison, we saw Roy sitting in the back of the bus, writing Pretty Woman. It was lovely. We could trade off with each other. This was our real start." - Paul McCartney
The Beatles recorded From Me to You in one day on March 5th 1963, at Abbey Road; a mere five days after the song was written. The basic track was recorded in seven takes, with overdubs added later.
"We nearly didn't record it because we thought it was too bluesy at first, but when we'd finished it and George Martin had scored it with harmonica, it was all right." - John Lennon
At this same recording session they also taped Thank You Girl, which had originally been considered as a single release, but after John and Paul wrote From Me to You they felt it was a stronger contender for the A-side.
"We'd already written Thank You Girl as the follow-up to Please Please Me. This new number was to be the b-side. We were so pleased with it, we knew we just had to make it the a-side, Thank You Girl the b." - John Lennon
On this day The Beatles also recorded five takes of One After 909, but they weren't happy with the results so the song was shelved. It resurfaced in a different form during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. The Beatles performed the song at their rooftop gig on January 30th 1969.
The March 5th recordings of One After 909 were later released on The Beatles' Anthology 1 in 1995.
- John Lennon – vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica
- Paul McCartney – vocal, bass
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums
The single was released in the UK on April 11th 1963 with Thank You Girl as the B-side. It was the first of 11 consecutive number one singles for The Beatles.
From Me to You replaced Gerry and The Pacemakers' How Do You Do It at the top of the Record Retailer's chart; a song that was originally offered to The Beatles.
"I'd come back from a club and I was just getting to bed and I heard the milkman whistling From Me To You. I thought 'That's it, I've arrived - the milkman's whistling my tune.'" - Paul McCartney
US (first release)
The song was first issued in the US on May 27th 1963, with Thank You Girl as the B-side. It sold less than 4,000 copies and failed to chart anywhere.
US (second release)
The second time around From Me to You was released as the B-side to Please Please Me, on January 30th 1964. It peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the single sold over 1.1 million copies.