You Really Got A Hold On Me - The Beatles
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"You Really Got A Hold On Me" - The Beatles (1964)
The Beatles' subtly-retitled version of Smokey Robinson's million-seller "You Really Got A Hold On Me" featured Lennon on lead with Harrison providing close harmonies and McCartney on backing vocals.
McCartney comments in the documentary Anthology:
“A lot of our tracks may not have been 'cool'. I think if we'd just been cool, we wouldn't have made it how we did. But that was a great aspect of us. John would do A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues or You Really Got A Hold On Me - you could call that cool.”
Beatle scholar Alan Pollack comments how the vocal arrangement is very complex with the relationship between the lead and backers frequently alternating between trio, solo, and some antiphonal (performed by two semi-independent voices in interaction) singing.
“Smokey does it in the higher key of C with a different scanning of the words. The original arrangement also features saxes and notably, a fadeout ending. John has the good sense here to sing it single tracked, but while his performance has an obvious intensely raw sincerity to it, Smokey's own smoothness is rather hard to beat.”
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