In a bit of historical irony, the British Invasion hit Germany before it reached the UK or anywhere else. From 1960 – 1962, the Beatles played the gritty nightclubs of Hamburg and really learned to play together as a band. There, they finalized the cast: John, Paul, George and then Ringo. And there they refined their live act, playing 281 concerts, some lasting as long as 12 hours. Needless to say, The Beatles built up a fanbase in Germany, and they later nurtured it by re-recording some early hits in German. Above, we have “She Loves You” reworked as “Sie Liebt Dich” (January 1964). Other German recordings included “Komm, gib mir deine Hand” (“I Want to Hold Your Hand”) and the rather amusing Geh raus (“Get Back”).
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