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The Beatles - I Feel Fine

Updated on December 12, 2013

I Feel Fine - The Beatles

The Beatle's song I Feel Fine, is among their earliest hits. Although it was released more than 40 years ago it remains one of the most notable songs ever recorded. Not only did reach number one in both the US and the UK it was the first recorded song that featured the use feedback. To add to its fame this riff-driven rock song has been covered by numerous different artists from a wide variety of different genres over the past four decades.

I Feel Fine Song Facts

Song Writer: Lennon/McCartney (John wrote 100%)

Lead Singer: John

Length: 2:18

Recorded: October 18, 1964

Studio: Abbey Road

Released: November 23, 1964

Album: US Beatles 65

Single: B-Side - "She's A Woman"

US Chart: Dedember 26th 1964, 3 Weeks

UK Chart: December 10th 1964, 5 Weeks

Producer: George Martin


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Beatles I Feel Fine - Song History

Origin and Recording

John Lennon began working on the song while the band was recording "Eight Days a Week'. He built the song around a distinctive guitar riff which was being played in the background. Lennon stated that "I actually wrote 'I Feel Fine' around the riff which is going on in the background." John told the other members of the band that he planned to build a whole song around the riff they said "Yes, you go away and do that."

John says that the riff was inspired by a similar riff done by Bobby Parker, in the song "Watch Your Step."

Accolades

I Feel Fine was the number one hit in the UK starting on December 12, 1964

It also hit the number one spot in the US on December the 26 1964.

Noteworthy

I Feel Fine was the first song ever recorded to feature the use of feedback. Up until this time feedback had been considered to be a mistake and had been removed final recording tracks. John Lennon always remained very proud the fact that although other bands at the time were exploring the use of feedback as an actual effect The Beatles were the first to have it on vinyl.

John Lennon; lead/rhythm guitar Gibson J160E and double tracked vocal

Paul McCartney; Bass 1961 Hofner 500/1 and harmony vocal

George Harrison; lead/rhythm guitar Gretsch 6119 "Tennessean"

Ringo Starr; drums Ludwig

Covers

Chet Atkins

Queen

Randy Bachman

Les Franklin

The Punkles

Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Floyd Kramer

The Iguanas

Enoch Light

The Beatles I Feel Fine Lyrics

Lennon/McCartney

Baby's good to me, you know,

She's happy as can be, you know,

She said so.

I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

Baby says she's mine, you know,

She tells me all the time, you know,

She said so.

I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

I'm so glad that she's my little girl.

She's so glad, she's telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know.

He buys her diamond rings, you know,

She said so.

She's in love with me and I feel fine, mmm.

Baby says she's mine, you know,

She tells me all the time, you know,

She said so.

I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

I'm so glad that she's my little girl.

She's so glad, she's telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know.

He buys her diamond rings, you know,

She said so.

She's in love with me and I feel fine

She's in love with me and I feel fine, mmm.

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The Beatles - I Feel Fine Trivia Facts

The first to song to have feedback on the final released recording.

Paul's dogs can be heard barking at the end of the song.

Although George usually played lead guitar it is actually John who does most of the lead in this song.

Written mostly by John Lennon on October 3rd 1964.

In order to have the feedback sound on the final release the band originally claimed that it was just a mistake because at the time feedback was considered to be below sonic standard.

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    • jeremecausing profile image

      Jereme Causing 5 years ago from Philippines

      Beatles rock!

    • Sami4u LM profile image

      Sami4u LM 6 years ago

      Hi,

      Did you see how much John's white suit just sold for? WoW :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the Beatles music, always will. They have a great collection of songs for us to enjoy. I Feel Fine is one of their best, for sure.