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
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] 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]

Other versions[edit]

  • Dick and Dee Dee released a version of the song on their 1966 album, Songs We've Sung on Shindig.[8]


  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. 
  8. ^ Dick and Dee Dee, Songs We've Sung on Shindig Retrieved May 2, 2015

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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