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"If I Needed Someone"
Song by The Beatles
Album Rubber Soul
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 16 October 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rockTemplate:Sfn
Length 2:23
Label Parlophone
Writer George Harrison
Producer George Martin
Rubber Soul track listing
George gave Derek Taylor a copy and asked him to hand deliver it to us, before the release of the song, along with the explanation that he had put it together with the riff from the "Bells of Rhymney.

—Roger McGuinn, The Byrds, Interview, 1999

'If I Needed Someone' was like a million other songs written around one chord. A 'D' chord, actually. It was based on the twelve-string figure from 'The Bells Of Rhymney' by The Byrds. I didn't write it for The Hollies. They've done it as their new single, but their version is not my kind of music. I think it's rubbish the way they've done it. They've spoilt it. They are all right musically, but the way they do their records, they sound like session men who've just got together in a studio without ever seeing each other before. Technically they're good, but that's all!

—George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology, p.196, 2000

Not only do [George's] comments disappoint and hurt us, but we are sick of everything The Beatles say or do being taken as law. The thing that hurts us most is George Harrison's knock at us as musicians. And I would like to ask this. If we have made such a disgusting mess of his brainchild song, will he give all the royalties from our record to charity?

—Graham Nash, of the Hollies, 1965

It's that bit about the session men that really annoyed us! We did the record off our own bat, even though most people were against us doing it. You can't please everyone, you know, but, if it's a hit, it'll mean two or three thousand pounds for George. The Beatles are always having a go at us lately, but I'd back any of us boys against The Beatles musically any time!

—Graham Nash, of the Hollies, 1965

'If I Needed Someone' is like a million other songs written around a D chord. If you move your finger about you get various little melodies. That guitar line, or variations on it, is found in many a song, and it amazes me that people still find new permutations of the same notes.

—George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology, p.196, 2000


Listen to the Byrds' 'Bells of Rhymney'...


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