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Published on Dec 9, 2009
Written by Paul in May of 1963 for then-girlfriend Jane Asher, a former child star and panelist on BBC-TV's Juke Box Jury who'd met Paul after interviewing the group for the magazine Radio Times. On tour with Roy Orbison in England, Paul found himself missing Jane and came up with what he thought was a poem for her while either shaving or riding on a bus (his recollections vary). Later, Paul found himself putting music to the already-finished words, a first for him. This track was recorded at the third session for With The Beatles and was the last song completed that day, being recorded just after "It Won't Be Long." Paul McCartney originally envisioned this as a country and western number, but changed his mind when the song turned out to be good enough to be considered as a single. George Harrison, for his part, kept his solo in that same vein anyway, modeling it after one of his idols, legendary sessionman Chet Atkins. John considered this one of Paul's best songs and is particularly proud of his own contribution to the track, a rhythmically demanding guitar which can be heard throughout the verses. Although some have believed George sings co-lead with Paul on the third verse, it's actually the double-tracked Paul singing harmony with himself; George did sing this harmony live. "All My Loving" is highly unusual among pop songs -- and possibly unique amongst Beatles tracks -- in that it features a bridge section, completely different from the other parts, that was written exclusively for a solo only; on most pop and rock songs, the solo is placed over an existing verse or bridge.