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No. 1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright 1963 The Beatles - She Loves You Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inspired to write She Loves You after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle as part of their tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

"There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time, Forget Him, and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another," said Paul. "We were in a van up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I'd planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'she loves you' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah'. We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called 'She Loves You'.

"So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it - John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars."

It was completed the following day at McCartney's family home at Forthlin Road, Liverpool.

George Martin, The Beatles' producer, argued with Lennon and McCartney about the major sixth chord that ends the song.

"We rehearsed the end bit and took it to George," said Paul. "And he just laughed and said, 'Well, you can't do the end of course... that sixth... it's too like The Andrews Sisters.' We just said, 'Alright, we'll try it without,' and we tried it and it wasn't as good. Then he conceded, 'You're right, I guess.'" In 2003, plans to install a plaque at the hotel concerned were stalled after it turned out neither Paul McCartney nor Ringo Starr, the surviving Beatles, could recall whether it was the Imperial Hotel or the Royal Turk's Head where the group had stayed.

1983 Culture Club - Karma Chameleon Culture Club's second chart topper hit number one in 16 countries worldwide and became the biggest selling single of the year.

Boy George said of the song's lyrics: "The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody.

"Basically, if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that's nature's way of paying you back."

The prominent harmonica part was played by Judd Lander, who had been a member of Merseybeat group The Hideaways in the 1960s.

The Hideaways played at The Cavern Club over 250 times, more frequently than The Beatles.

Judd would later play on the Spice Girls' 1996 hit Say You'll Be There.
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