All I’ve Got To Do

“All I’ve Got To Do is a Fab Four song from their 1963 album,”With The Beatles”. Indeed, this was The Beatles’ second British album from those heady Beatlemania days.

In Detail


Release Date: 22nd November, 1963 in the UK, also 20th January, 1964 in the US
Recorded: 11th September, 1963
Genre: Pop rock and soul
Track Duration: 2:04
Record Label: Parlophone  in the UK and Capitol in the US
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

All I’ve Got To Do is a song on the With The Beatles album

With The Beatles Album (1963)


John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Track Source

With The Beatles

All I’ve Got To Do

Written by John Lennon but with the credit going to the Lennon-McCartney partnership, “All I’ve Got To Do” was specifically for the American market, according to the composer. This is because in the UK, teenagers would hardly ever phone up their girlfriends or boyfriends. Indeed, the song has many references calling on someone, ie, “All I gotta do is call you on the phone”.

While mobile phones are commonplace nowadays, in the 1960s telephones or landlines were not the usual way for British teenagers to communicate.

Lennon’s inspiration came from Smokey Robinson again. In fact, the song has similar traits, both musically and lyrically, to The Miracles’ “You Can Depend On Me”. However, there is a striking resemblance with their own cover version of The Shirelles’ “Baby It’s You” as well.

“That’s me trying to do Smokey Robinson again.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Of course, on the album, there is a direct connection between The Beatles and Smokey Robinson. This is because they recorded “You Really Got a Hold on Me“, Obviously Robinson’s song title was, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”. However, it’s basically the same song.

Together with “It Won’t Be Long” and “Not a Second Time“, these three songs are primarily John Lennon compositions for the “With The Beatles” album.

Recording Studio

The Beatles recorded “All I’ve Got To Do” on the 11th September, 1963, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 2.30pm-6.00 pm sessions. Indeed, there were 15 takes in total. However, many takes were incomplete suggesting that The Beatles hardly knew the song. That’s not surprising because the song was never in the band’s live repertoire.

They used take 15 as the master track and there was both a mono mix together with a stereo mix. The song relied heavily on the bass chords, played by Paul McCartney.

On “With The Beatles”, the song is on side 1, track 2 after “It Won’t Be Long” and comes before “All My Loving“.

Despite The Beatles not singing this song as part of their live act, “All I’ve Got To Do” is certainly a strong song. So much so, it could easily have became a single in it’s own right. Indeed, if not an A-side, it would certainly grace the B-side of any early Fab Four single or EP.

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