How Do You Do It?

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"How Do You Do It?"
EP cover
Single by Gerry and the Pacemakers
B-side "Away from You"
(Marsden-Chadwick)
Released 14 March 1963 (UK)[1]
5 July 1964 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 22 January 1963
EMI Studios, London
Genre Merseybeat
Length 1:59
Label Columbia DB4987 (EMI)[2]
Laurie 3261 (USA)
Writer(s) Mitch Murray[2]
Producer(s) George Martin[2]
Gerry and the Pacemakers singles chronology
"How Do You Do It?"
(1963)
"I Like It"
(1963)

"How Do You Do It?" was the debut single by Liverpudlian band Gerry and the Pacemakers.[2] The song was number one in the UK Singles Chart on 11 April 1963, where it stayed for three weeks.[3]

History[edit]

The song was written by Mitch Murray,[2] who offered it to Adam Faith and Brian Poole but was turned down.[4] George Martin of EMI decided to pick it up for the new group he was producing, the Beatles, as the A-side of their first record.[4] The Beatles opposed using it, feeling that it did not fit their sound, but worked out changes from Murray's demo-disc version. These included a new introduction, vocal harmony, an instrumental interlude, small lyric changes and removal of the half-step modulation for the last verse.[4] They recorded the song in September, 1962; although Murray disliked their changes, the decision not to release the Beatles' version was primarily a business one.[5] The recording appeared in 1995 on the group's retrospective Anthology 1 album.

Gerry and the Pacemakers' version, also produced by Martin, became a number-one hit in the UK until it was replaced by "From Me to You" (the Beatles' third single).[6] It was the title song of a seven-inch EP record also featuring "Away From You", "I Like It" and "It's Happened to Me" (Columbia SEG8257, released July 1963). The single entered the US charts on 5 July 1964, eventually reaching number nine.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Do You Do It?" on YouTube
  2. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 71. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ a b c Lewisohn, Mark (2013). Tune In: The Beatles, All These Years, Vol. 1. Crown Archetype. p. 670-671. 
  5. ^ Lewisohn (2013), p. 699
  6. ^ "How Do You Do It". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. ^ "The Hot 100 : September 5, 1964 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 1964-09-05. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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Preceded by
"Summer Holiday" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
UK number-one single
11 April 1963 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"From Me to You" by The Beatles