"I Saw Her Standing There" is a part of The Beatles’ debut album "Please Please Me" that was released in the United Kingdom, in 1963.
It’s the opening track and was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
The song was recorded in the EMI Studios, in London, February 1963.
"I saw her standing there" was released in the United States, in December the same year, as the B-Side of another song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
It entered the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for eleven weeks. It was ranked at number 139 on the Rolling Stones' list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The initial idea of the song belonged to Paul McCartney, who had it by driving home from a Beatles concert. He conceived it as a modern approach of the traditional song "As I Roved Out". He made changes for it on an acoustic guitar and originally named it "Seventeen". However, he finalized it with John Lennon, a month later.
The lyrics were written while strumming guitars and reading an exercise book.
"I Say Her Standing There" free piano sheet can be found in our download section of this page, just below.
The song was originally recorded in a slower version, at the end of 1962 and Lennon played harmonica during the verses and at the beginning. It was part of a marathon recording session of 10 tracks.
The producer, George Martin, decided to keep the count-in by Paul McCartney in order to create the effect of a live performance.
The music journalist Richard Williams stated that "it was just as stirring as Elvis Presley’s
"I Saw Her Standing There" consisted of Paul McCartney playing bass, handclaps and lead vocals, John Lennon with rhythm guitar, harmony vocals and handclaps, George Harrison with lead guitar and handclaps and Ringo Starr with drums and handclaps.
Another version of the song was released by Tiffany on her debut album and changed the name to "I Saw Him Standing There". The video consisted of a live performance from her in front of thousands of fans and it received a lot of play from MTV.
Another version was recorded by Paul McCartney, in 1974, with Elton John. It’s available on the box sets "To Be Continued…" and "Lennon". McCartney also included it his live albums "Tripping The Live Fantastic", in 1990, "Back in the US", in 2002, and "Back in The World", in 2003.
Other interprets sang "I Saw Her Standing There", such as: Bonnie and Butterflies, The Supremes, The Who, Peter Grant, The Punkles etc.
The song stood the test of time and still inspires contemporary artists to this day. You can learn "I Saw Her Standing There" free piano sheets on BossPiano.