February 9, 1964, was the first time The Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show sparking 50 years of Beatlemania in America. And the first song they played was a mail music song! Of course, little did I know while sitting in front of our family’s tiny black & white TV set that I would one day be calling it “mail music”.
“All My Loving” was written by Paul McCartney who says it’s the first song he ever wrote ‘lyrics first’. He thought he was writing a country and western style song so George sort of twanged it up a bit with his guitar.
Although Paul wrote it it’s credited to Lennon-McCartney. In 1980 when John Lennon was asked about the song, during an interview for Playboy, he said, “All My Loving is Paul, I regret to say. Ha-ha-ha. Because it’s a damn good piece of work. [Singing] ‘All my loving…’ But I play a pretty mean guitar in back.”
According to the site beatlesbible.com, the set list that night went like this: All My Loving, Till There Was You and She Loves You, in the first half of the program, followed by an advertisement for Anadin. Ed Sullivan’s other guests – Georgia Brown & Oliver Kidds, Frank Gorshin, Tessie O’Shea – followed, after which The Beatles performed I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand.
It really is a great song and I love The Beatles (yeah, yeah, yeah), so Mail Music Monday is going to celebrate Beatlemania the whole month of February.