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“It was influenced, I believe, by my favourite Everly Brothers song, Cathy’s Clown. And so, in honor of Phil Everly, who wrote that song, I’m picking Please Please Me.
“The whole idea of the top harmony staying on the one note and the other harmony descending is just brilliant. It worked in Cathy’s Clown, and The Beatles came up with an even better use for it in Please Please Me. They’re totally different songs – The Beatles didn’t copy it – but they took an idea they loved and made a great song out of it.
“It was their first No. 1 in England, but things were already happening very fast even before that. Every day the papers were full of stories about screaming girls everywhere and how fences had to be put up in front of the stage wherever the band played. The Beatles were being chased everywhere they went, all the time. Things were going crazy.”