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"
Released 14 March 1963 (UK)[1]
5 July 1964 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 22 January 1963
EMI Studios, London
Genre Merseybeat, Beat, Pop
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?"
"I Like It"

"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]


The song was written by Mitch Murray.[2] He offered it to Adam Faith and then to 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 release.[4] The Beatles were against using it as they felt it didn't fit their sound, but, having to accept it, worked out changes from the version on Murray's demo disc. 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 it in September, 1962; Murray didn't like the changes to his song, but it was mainly business considerations that led to a decision to not release the Beatle's version.[5] (The recording finally appeared in 1995 on the group's retrospective Anthology 1 album.)

Gerry and the Pacemakers' version was produced by George Martin and became a number one hit in the UK, until being replaced at the top by "From Me to You", the Beatles' third single.[6]

The song was also title song to an EP 7" record featuring the songs: "How Do You Do It?"; "Away From You"; "I Like It" and "It's Happened to Me". (Columbia SEG8257, released July 1963).

The record entered the US chart 5 July 1964, eventually reaching number 9.[7]


  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". 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". 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