All My Loving
Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 30 July 1963
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Released: 22 November 1963 (UK), 20 January 1964 (US)
Generally considered to be his first major work, Paul McCartney's songwriting highlight on The Beatles' second album was written during the band's tour with Roy Orbison, which began on 18 May 1963.
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Unusually, McCartney wrote the lyrics before the music.
I never wrote words first, it was always some kind of accompaniment, I've hardly ever done it since either. We were on a tour bus going to a gig and so I started with the words. I had in mind a little country and western song... We arrived at [a] gig and I remember being in one of these big backstage areas and there was a piano there so I'd got my instrument. I didn't have a guitar, it was probably with our road manager, and I remember working the tune out to it on the piano. It was a good show song, it worked well live.
The Beatles recorded All My Loving on 30 July 1963, a session which also saw them complete Please Mister Postman, It Won't Be Long, Money (That's What I Want), Till There Was You and Roll Over Beethoven.
It was the final song recorded that day, and took 13 takes to get right (the final three being overdubs).
The song quickly became a fixture of The Beatles' live set, and received much radio airplay despite never being released as a single. It also marked the point where Paul McCartney began to emerge from the dominance of John Lennon, asserting himself as a talent equally worthy of attention.