I Want to Hold Your Hand

November 29, 1963 UK single release: ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’/’This Boy’ by the Beatles!

I Want to Hold Your Hand” is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.

With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” would ordinarily have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963).  But had it was blocked by the group’s first million seller “She Loves You”, previous UK single, which was having a resurgent spell in the top position following intense media coverage of the group.

Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” stayed at number one for five weeks and remained in the UK top fifty for twenty-one weeks in total.It was also the group’s first American number one, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 18 January 1964 at number forty-five and starting the British invasion of the American music industry.

By 1 February it held the number one spot — for seven weeks — before being replaced by “She Loves You”, a reverse scenario of what had happened in Britain, and remained in the US charts for a total of fifteen weeks. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the Beatles’ best-selling single worldwide.

Some paper ideas from the same date from the past!

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