This Boy was released as a single in November of 1963 (January 1964 in the US); the B-side of I Want to Hold Your Hand. It is often overshadowed by its A-side, however, it contains beautiful harmonies and paved the way for The Beatles’s signature vocals.
Just my attempt at writing one of those three-part harmony Smokey Robinson songs. Nothing in the lyrics; just a sound and harmony.
There was a period when I thought I didn’t write melodies, that Paul wrote those and I just wrote straight, shouting rock ‘n’ roll. But of course, when I think of some of my own songs - In My Life, or some of the early stuff, This Boy - I was writing melody with the best of them.