26. December 2009 · Comments Off on Who Knew? · Categories: Ramble

Brian Epstein was getting worried about The Beatles’ lack of commercial success in America—their earlier singles had flopped there—and so he encouraged Lennon and McCartney to write a song that would appeal to American listeners. McCartney had recently moved into 57 Wimpole Street, London W1, where he was living as a guest of Dr. Richard and Margaret Asher, whose daughter, actress Jane Asher, had become McCartneys steady girlfriend after meeting him earlier in the year. This location briefly became Lennon and McCartneys new writing base, taking over from McCartneys Forthlin Road home in Liverpool. Margaret Asher taught the oboe in a “small, rather stuffy music room” in the basement and it was here that Lennon and McCartney sat at the piano and composed ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.

So now we know why they were so successful! They wrote their music in an oboe studio.

But of course.

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