A highlight of the Beatles' first album, "I Saw Her Standing There" was the first Lennon-McCartney song to become a rock standard, if a standard is defined as a song familiar to untold millions of people, and frequently covered by several generations of musicians. In some respects this was one of the Beatles' more blatant nods to their formative rock influences. There was a basic, straightforward energy to the verses and vocals that recalled Little Richard and Chuck Berry; Paul McCartney even admitted that the bass line was nicked from Berry's "I'm Talking About You." As was almost always the case with the Beatles, however, Lennon and McCartney (the latter of whom was the song's principal composer) took that template into new territory. There was that remarkable spoken "1-2-3-4!" opening by McCartney, and that deviation from standard rock chord progressions in the chorus, particularly when the group sings "Oh!" together, which in turn provided them with another opportunity (in concert, at any rate) to shake their heads and shriek. McCartney's vocal debts to Little Richard became apparent in the bridge's climax, when he breaks into an almost gospel-ish near-falsetto. What puts the song across more than any compositional device, however, is the absolutely unbridled enthusiasm with which the Beatles attack the song, particularly in the guitar solo, punctuated by McCartney's unpredictable yells of delight. It's rather odd, indeed, that the lyrics, read cold, seem to describe a suitor whose heart is in his mouth from nervousness at asking a teenage girl to dance. From the utter confidence with which they storm through the song, it seems unlikely that there could be any doubt in the performers' minds that they were going to get that dance (and, by implication, a lot more by the night's end). As a guaranteed crowd rabble-rouser, "I Saw Her Standing There," unlike some of the subtler early Lennon-McCartney songs, was instantly adaptable to the live repertoire of uncounted bands from the 1960s onward. Record-wise, the most successful revival of the song, ironically enough, was a live cover duet between Elton John and John Lennon in the mid-'70s -- ironic because, as previously stated, McCartney was the principal composer of the classic.