On 29 January 1964 in a Paris recording studio, the Beatles recorded two of their hit songs in German. The instrumental music tracks were the original ones used for the English recordings, but the German lyrics had been hurriedly written by a Luxembourger named Camillo Felgen (Camille Jean Nicolas Felgen, 1920-2005).
Camillo Felgen often told the story of how EMI's German producer, Otto Demler, had desperately flown Felgen to Paris and the Hotel George V, where the Beatles were staying. The Beatles, in Paris for a concert tour, had reluctantly agreed to make two German recordings, and Felgen, who was then a program director at Radio Luxembourg (now RTL), had less than 24 hours to finalize the German lyrics and coach the Beatles (phonetically) in German. The recordings they made at the Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris on that winter day in 1964 turned out to be the only songs the Beatles ever recorded in German. (But see the note about “Geh raus” below.) It was also the only time they ever recorded songs outside of London.
The German division of EMI/Electrola felt that the only way the Beatles could sell records in the German market was if they made German versions of their songs. Of course, that turned out to be wrong, and today the only two German recordings the Beatles ever released are an amusing curiosity. (In a rough, incomplete version of “Get Back” in German, you can hear Paul McCartney singing “Geh raus nach deinem Haus,” but it was never officially released. Apparently, Paul had picked up a fair amount of German during the Beatles' Hamburg days.
The Beatles hated the idea of doing foreign-language recordings, and they never released any others after the German single with “Sie liebt dich” on one side and “Komm gib mir deine Hand” on the other. Those two unique German recordings are included in the Past Masters CD described below. For the lyrics of the two songs in German and English, see the links below.