It's for You

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"It's for You"
A-side label of UK single
Single by Cilla Black
from the EP It's for You
B-side"He Won't Ask Me"
Released31 July 1964
Recorded2 July 1964
GenreTraditional pop
LabelParlophone R5162
Producer(s)George Martin
Cilla Black singles chronology
"You're My World"
"It's for You"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"

"It's for You" is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles for Cilla Black for whom it was a UK Top Ten hit in 1964. The song is mainly a McCartney composition.



Paul McCartney, who had been present at Abbey Road Studios when Cilla Black had recorded her breakthrough hit "Anyone Who Had a Heart", had written "It's for You" with John Lennon using "Anyone Who Had a Heart" as the model although Black herself has opined: "For my money, ['It's for You'] is nothing like the 'Anyone...' composition."


On 3 June 1964 McCartney cut a demo of "It's for You" to give to Black and producer George Martin. Black recorded the song at Abbey Road Studios on 2 July with Martin producing the session. She recalled: "That was some session...John [Lennon] and Paul [McCartney] joined me and George Martin. We made one track and then everyone had a go at suggesting how they thought it should be recorded. George said it should be one way, John and Paul another and I just added my suggestions while they were thinking of what else they could do with the composition."[1]

Release and chart performances[edit]

Having Black, well publicized as an associate of the Beatles, record a Lennon–McCartney tune did not result in the anticipated smash hit: "It's for You" followed Black's back-to-back #1 hits: "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "You're My World", into the Top Ten but remained there for only two weeks - 29 August & 5 September 1964 - at #8 and #7.

In the US "It's for You" became Black's second single release in September 1964: although the precedent "You're My World" had reached the US Top 30, "It's for You" rose no higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than #79.

"It's for You" reached #17 in Australia.

Although Black recorded several Beatles songs to be album cuts, she only had one later single release of a Lennon–McCartney song: "Step Inside Love" #8 in 1968.

Tribute covers[edit]

Recordings of "It's for You" as The Beatles may have performed it are available on the 1989 album by Bas Muys entitled Secret Songs: Lennon & McCartney[2][3] and on the 1998 release It's Four You by the Australian tribute band The Beatnix.[4][5]

The Beatles recording demo version[edit]

On 20 July 2016, the Daily Express announced the original acetate demo featuring Paul's voice was discovered among other demos in Cilla Black's collection and was proposed for auction.[6][7]

Remakes and covers[edit]

  • Mina recorded an Italian rendering of "It's for You" – entitled "So che mi vuoi" – on her 1965 album, Studio Uno.
  • Texas band The Mods recorded a version of "It's for You" in 1966.
  • Three Dog Night recorded a version of the song for their eponymous debut album in 1968. A performance of the song is also featured on the group's 1969 live album, Captured Live at the Forum. That same year the Puerto Rican rock band The Challengers covered the song in their first album, which can be heard at
  • In 1971, Springwell, a five-man outfit from Allen Park MI, had a regional hit with "It's for You" which reached #60 on the Hot 100 in Billboard: the track, recorded at Eastern Sound Studio in Toronto, reached #21 in Canada.
  • In 1979, Midwest-based Head East covered the song on their A&M Records double LP release of Head East Live!
  • In 1995, Salad, an alternative rock group from the UK, covered the song as the B-Side to their single "Granite Statue".
  • In 2009, Mr. Big covered "It's for You" during their reunion tour, and a recording was released on their album Back to Budokan. This performance featured vocals by Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey, without regular lead singer Eric Martin.
  • It was covered by Seattle-based Beatles cover band Apple Jam on their 2012 album Off the Beatle Track.


  1. ^ Miles, Barry (2001). The Beatles Diary: Volume I - The Beatles Years. London: Omnibus Press. pp. 145, 153. ISBN 0711983089.
  2. ^ "Bas Muys, Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl) - 28m 43s - Music CDs and CD Cover Arts @ Online Music CD Database". 18 December 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Bas Muys / Lennon & McCartney Secret Songs (Vinyl)". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. ^ "The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". Answers. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Beatnix - It's Four You - Music". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ Earnshaw, Jessica (20 July 2016). "Cilla Black's family uncover missing Beatles demo 52 YEARS after it was first made". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Long lost Beatles recording discovered in brown paper envelope after 52 years – Paul McCartney-sung version of "It's For You" was sent to Cilla Black in 1964". Consequence of Sound. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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