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 that 2 July with Martin producing the session and she would recall: "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."
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.
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 and on the 1998 release ''It's Four You'' by the Australian tribute band The Beatnix.
- Category: 1964 singles
- Category: Cilla Black songs
- Category: Parlophone singles
- Category: Song recordings produced by George Martin
- Category: Songs written by LennonâMcCartney
- Category: Three Dog Night songs
- genre: Traditional pop music
- musicalArtist: Cilla Black
- musicalBand: Cilla Black
- performer: Cilla Black
- previousWork: You're My World
- producer: George Martin
- subsequentWork: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
- writer: LennonâMcCartney