I Want to Hold Your Hand was recorded in October 1963 and released on November 29th, 1963.
It was the group’s first American number one, ans also the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.
About the song John Lennon told Playboy magazine:
“We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. And we had, ‘Oh you-u-u/ got that something…’ And Paul hits this chord [E minor] and I turn to him and say, ‘That’s it!’ I said, ‘Do that again!’ In those days, we really used to absolutely write like that — both playing into each other’s noses.”