I Saw Her Standing There

“I Saw Her Standing There”  is a song by the English rock band the Beatles written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.  It is the opening track on the band’s 1963 debut album Please Please Me.  In December 1963, Capitol Records released the song in the United States as the B-side on the label’s first single by the Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.  In 2004, “I Saw Her Standing There” was ranked #139 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  (More from Wikipedia)

After Twink left the band, the remaining trio in the Pink Fairies recorded What a Bunch of Sweeties which includes another song on my All-Time Top Ten, “Marilyn”.  This album was at the top of my Want List for decades before I finally mail-ordered a copy – just in time for Hurricane Katrina.  The album also includes covers of two familiar 1960’s tracks:  the BeatlesI Saw Her Standing There” and the instrumental “Walk, Don’t Run” (originally by the Ventures).  As described by Wikipedia:  “The sleeve came in a gatefold cover by Edward Barker, the front showing a box full of goodies mostly taken from roadie David “Boss” Goodman’s personal collection of underground badges etc.”  The album is mostly a sonic assault that also includes the playful song “Pigs of Uranus” – but even that song ends with a fabulous electric guitar solo. 

(March 2014/1)
Last edited: March 22, 2021