ON THIS DATE (48 YEARS AGO)
May 21, 1964 – The Beatles (Die Beatles): “Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)” b/w “I’ll Get You” (Swan S-4182) 45 single is released in the US.
“Sie Liebt Dich” is the German language version of “She Loves You.” The lyrics were translated to German language by Camillo Felgen, a Luxembourger singer, lyricist and television/radio presenter, upon request by EMI’s German producer Otto Demler. Demler also asked Felgen to fly to Paris, where the Beatles were on tour, to teach them phonetically the new lyrics of their songs during a recording session. Felgen used “Jean Nicolas” as alias for his songwriting credit—his full name was Camillo Jean Nicolas Felgen. One other non-Beatle is credited, one “Montogue”. It appears that “Jean Montague” (incorrectly spelled on the credits as “Montogue”) was an additional pseudonym employed by Felgen as a tax dodge.
The German sub-label of EMI, Odeon Records, persuaded George Martin and Brian Epstein, insisting that the Beatles “should record their biggest songs in German so that they could sell more records there.” Martin agreed to the proposal, and convinced the Beatles to comply. “Sie Liebt Dich” was released as a single in the United States on 21 May 1964, by Swan Records. The single also contained the original “She Loves You” B-side, “I’ll Get You”. Swan Records had released “She Loves You” in September 1963, and claimed the rights to issue “Sie Liebt Dich” as well. The single peaked at #97 in the Billboard Hot 100.