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And I Love Her: Classic Songs Recorded by Various Artists, Vol. 2

 

And I Love Her Single CoverAnd I Love Her by The Beatles may very well be the most beautiful love song ever written. Even though the song was credited to “Lennon-McCartney”, it was mainly written by Paul McCartney. Over the years, countless artists within various genres of music have recorded their versions of And I Love Her. This list highlights the most notable recordings (in no particular order) of this timeless classic ballad.

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And I Love Her The Beatles3And I Love Her by The Beatles: And I Love Her was written first and foremost by Paul McCartney, with a “little” help from songwriting partner John Lennon and guitarist George Harrison. Lennon claimed that he wrote the middle eight section ("A love like ours / Could never die / As long as I / Have you near me"), but according to McCartney it was his: "I wrote this on my own. I would say that John probably helped with the middle eight, but he can't say 'It's mine’…”. However, McCartney did credit George Harrison with composing the signature guitar motif. McCartney: “It made a stunning difference to the song.” Included on The Beatles third American album, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night, it was released as a single in the United States (but never in the U.K.), reaching No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Also available on the anthology 1962-1966 (also known as “The Red Album”).

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Understanding Bobby WomackAnd I Love Her by Bobby Womack: In 1972, legendary Soul/R&B singer Bobby Womack released his fourth studio album, Understanding, recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios, Alabama, and American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Understanding peaked at No. 43 on the Pop Chart and reached No. 7 on the Soul/R&B Chart. His version of And I Love Her was never released as a single, but Bobby Womack’s soulful cover ranks among the most captivating versions of this hopelessly romantic song.

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And I love Him Esther PhillipsAnd I Love Him by Esther Phillips: A versatile, interpretive singer, Esther Phillips recorded a wide range of diverse material within many different genres throughout her career, from R&B, Blues, Jazz, and Pop to Country music. Her 1965 album And I Love Him! didn’t chart, but the talented singer’s cover version of The Beatles classic, re-titled And I Love Him, peaked at No. 54 on the Pop Chart and reached No. 11 on the Soul/R&B Chart.

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And I Love Her Herb Alpert and the Tijuana BrassAnd I Love Her (instrumental version) by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: In 2005, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass released Lost Treasures, a collection of previously unreleased songs and rare tracks, originally recorded during the Latin-Pop/Smooth Jazz outfit’s heyday between 1962 and 1972. The twenty-two songs collected on Lost Treasures are much more than mere “leftovers”, and Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass’ cover version of And I Love Her is both charming and memorable.

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And I Love Her Georgie FameAnd I Love Her by Georgie Fame: The British Rhythm & Blues, Vocal Jazz, and Traditional Pop singer Georgie Fame, who enjoyed a string of hit singles in the 1960s, recorded his version of And I Love Her for his 1970 album Georgie Does His Thing With Strings. With a lush, sweeping string arrangement, Georgie Fame’s elegant, sophisticated recording of And I Love Her is more moody and mellow, a trumpet replicating the original’s signature guitar motif.

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And I Love Her Terry Callier2And I Love Her (live) by Terry Callier: Obscure Folk-Jazz singer/songwriter Terry Callier recorded numerous albums that were all deeply spiritual, at times almost cathartic, but despite a devoted cult following he went virtually unknown for decades. After he finally enjoyed a hit single on the Pop Chart in 1979 with the song Sign Of The Times, he spent a few more years touring in the early 1980s and then disappeared from the music scene. In 1991, having more or less retired, Terry Callier’s career was revived with the re-release of his little-known, self-funded 1983 single I Don’t Want To See Myself (Without You), which became a surprise success on the British club circuit. In addition to several studio albums during the following eighteen years, he also recorded a live album in London, titled Welcome Home, which was released in 2008. Welcome Home includes a slow, smoldering cover of The Beatles’ And I Love Her.

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And I Love Her Jose FelicianoAnd I Love Her (instrumental version) by José Feliciano: The blind virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer, born and raised in Puerto Rico, recorded an instrumental Latin-Folk rendition of The Beatles’ And I Love Her. José Feliciano’s cover version of the song showcased his distinctive finger-picking and was included on 1968’s Feliciano!, which became the most successful album of his career, reaching No. 2 in the U.S., No. 1 in Canada and No. 6 in the U.K. Feliciano! also received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Album Of The Year”.

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And I Love Her Harry Connick JrAnd I Love Her by Harry Connick, Jr.: Produced by legendary, commercially-focused record label boss/producer Clive Davis (Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Joel), multi-selling recording artist Harry Connick, Jr.’s twenty-sixth studio album, Your Songs, reached No. 8 on the Pop Chart and made it all the way to No. 1 on the Jazz Album Chart. Harry Connick, Jr.’s smooth cover version of And I Love Her features an inspired Bossa Nova arrangement that is just perfect for this particular composition.

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And I Love Her Smokey and the MiraclesAnd I Love Her by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Considering that The Beatles covered songs that were written by Motown songwriters -– Please Mr. Postman, Money (That’s What I Want), You Really Got A Hold On Me (written by Smokey Robinson) –- it made perfect sense that various Motown artists, including Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, and The Supremes, would also cover the most popular musical act of the 1960s. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles recorded their version of And I Love Her for the album What Love Has…Joined Together, released in 1970. Also available on You Must Be Love: The Love Collection and Motown Meets The Beatles.

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And I Love Her Chet AtkinsAnd I Love Her (instrumental version) by Chet Atkins: The American guitarist and record producer (and occasional vocalist) Chet Atkins was instrumental in creating a smoother, more Pop-oriented Country music style known as the “Nashville Sound”, which expanded Country music’s appeal to fans of Pop music in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Chet Atkins received a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”, and nine “Country Music Association Instrumentalist Of The Year”-awards, one of which he received for his 1966 album Chet Atkins Picks On The Beatles (No. 6 on the Country Chart; No. 112 on the Pop Chart). The album contains Atkins’ tasteful instrumental recording of The Beatles’ And I Love Her.

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And I Love Her Julie LondonAnd I Love Him by Julie London: The American Vocal Jazz/Pop Standard singer Julie London released thirty-two studio albums via Liberty Records between 1955 and 1969. The last album she recorded for the record label, titled Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, featured a languid and wistful version of The Beatles’ And I Love Her (re-titled And I Love Him). The lovelorn sentiments of this classic ballad are perfectly captured by Julie London’s smoky, sensual and sophisticated singing voice.

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And I Love Her Roberta FlackAnd I Love Him by Roberta Flack: With her recording of The Beatles’ And I Love Her (re-titled And I Love Him), singer/executive producer Roberta Flack and her co-producers Barry Miles, Jerry Barnes and Sherrod Barnes clearly went for a more modern interpretation and production. While not as soulful as the majority of other cover versions, Roberta Flack’s rendition, which is based on a Reggae-ish beat, does deserve credit for being quite unique and different from any other recorded version. Available on the album Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles.

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And I Love Her Rene Paulo2And I Love Her (instrumental version) by René Paulo: American pianist René Paulo grew up in Wahiawa, Hawaii. With a musical background in Classical Music, Paulo studied briefly at the Juilliard School Of Music in New York. As a recording artist Paulo has been inspired by Jazz pianists such as Art Tatum, Earl Hines, Alec Templeton, and Fats Waller, and through the years he has been a frequent performer in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. In the mid-1960s, he recorded the album Presenting René Paulo, whose opening track is a very pensive, atmospheric rendition of And I Love Her.

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And I Love Her Natalie ColeYo Lo Amo (And I Love Him) by Natalie Cole: As a singer of genres as diverse as Soul, R&B, Pop, and Vocal Jazz, it was only a natural progression for Natalie Cole to venture into yet another genre, which she did with 2013’s Natalie Cole En Espanol, a whole album’s worth of Spanish-language Latin standards. A tastefully discreet guest appearance by Smooth Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and an understated string arrangement complement Natalie Cole’s timeless vocal. Her Spanish version of The Beatles’ And I Love Her was re-titled Yo Lo Amo (And I Love Him).

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And I Love Her Neil DiamondAnd I Love Her by Neil Diamond: Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has written a string of classic songs recorded by himself as well as other singers, and he was inducted into the “Songwriters Hall Of Fame” in 1984 and the “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame” in 2011. All of this success and recognition as a songwriter in his own right didn’t stop him from paying respectful tribute to other songwriters. In 1998, Neil Diamond released The Movie Album: As Time Goes By, a collection of cover versions of songs originally recorded for various movie soundtracks, one of which was a slightly melodramatic interpretation of The Beatles’ And I Love Her.

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And I Love Her King CurtisAnd I Love Her (instrumental version) by King Curtis: In 1966, the versatile American tenor/alto/soprano saxophone virtuoso King Curtis released That Lovin’ Feeling, an album consisting of Jazz renditions of 1960s Pop hits, with heavily orchestrated string arrangements, produced by renowned record producer and arranger Arif Mardin (Bee Gees, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan). That Lovin’ Feeling contains a breezy version of The Beatles’ And I Love Her.

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And I Love Her Kenny LattimoreAnd I Love Her by Kenny Lattimore: Like Roberta Flack’s modernized, Reggae-ish rendition, American R&B singer Kenny Lattimore opted to record a decidedly contemporary version of the classic 1964 Beatles ballad And I Love Her. Lattimore’s R&B-inflected, modern-day interpretation features a slick, programmed drumbeat, but the song stays true to the romantic old-school sentiments of The Beatles’ original recording. Available on Lattimore's 2008 album Timeless.

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And I Love Her Judy CollinsAnd I Love Him by Judy Collins: In 1966, American singer-songwriter Judy Collins recorded a cover of The Beatles’ In My Life, which became the title track for that very same year’s In My Life album. Thirty-one years later, in 2007, Judy Collins released an entire album’s worth of Beatles songs, titled Judy Collins Sings Lennon & McCartney, including a typically tasteful, classy version of And I Love Her. Unlike other female singers, Judy Collins didn’t change the song title from "And I Love Her" to "And I Love Him".

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And I Love Her Paul MccartneyAnd I Love Her by Paul McCartney (live on MTV Unplugged): As one of the writers of And I Love Her, it seems only fitting that Paul McCartney rounds off this list with his acoustic-only solo performance from the album Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). McCartney’s version is slow-paced and more subdued, almost slightly melancholic.

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Other artists who also recorded And I Love Her:

Carmen McRae
The Friends Of Distinction
Pat Methany
Shirley Horn
Barry Manilow
Sarah Vaughan
Roy Hamilton
Mary Wells
Connie Francis
Jack Jones
Lena Horne
Nancy Wilson
Count Basie
Link Wray
Ramsey Lewis Trio
Andy Williams
Diana Krall

 

For more classic songs recorded by various artists, also read:

California Dreamin': Classic Songs Recorded By Various Artists, Vol. 1

 

Posted by Joel Grøndrup on Monday, September 15, 2014
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