“How Do You Do It” is a song that The Beatles sung in 1962. It is now available on their 1995 album, “Anthology 1”. Indeed, this song became a massive hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963. But it could have been very different!
Recorded: 4th September, 1962
Studio: EMI Studios
Track Duration: 1:57
Record Label: Apple (UK)
Songwriter: Mitch Murray
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
How Do You Do It
After The Beatles had their audition with EMI on the 6th June, 1962, they returned to the studios again on the 4th September to record their first single.
George Martin found a composition by Mitch Murray which he thought was a great song for the starlets.
“It was common in those days to find material for artists by going to Tin Pan Alley and listening to the publishers’ wares. That was a regular part of my life: I spent a lot of time looking for songs, and what I wanted for The Beatles was a hit. I was convinced that How Do You Do It was a hit song. Not a great piece of songwriting, not the most marvellous song I had ever heard in my life, but I thought it had that essential ingredient which would appeal to a lot of people.”
So, apart from their audition, this was their first recording at the Abbey Road Studios in London. However, the Fab Four didn’t like the song too much. Indeed, they thought that it might damage their reputation somewhat. This is because they already built up a fan base around their own style of music. Needless to say, they didn’t put their heart into the recording.
Gerry and the Pacemakers’ Version
Still convinced that the song would be perfect as a single, Gerry and the Pacemakers took it on. George Martin produced it for them, of course. This debut single release by the band in 14th March, 1963, with the B-side being “Away from You” became their first number one record in the UK. In fact, Gerry and the Pacemakers was the first band to take their first three singles to number one in the charts. The others being, “I Like It” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
The Beatles’ Version
In the recording studios, The Beatles rushed through “How Do You Do It” so they could spend more time on their own composition, “Love Me Do“. They then convinced both their manager, Brian Epstein, and producer, George Martin to release their own song instead.
Although “Love Me Do” didn’t reach the top of the charts like fellow Liverpudlians, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Beatles own song did reach a respectable number 17. However, the rest is history as they say!
The Beatles version of “How Do You Do It” became commercially available in 1995. This was due to the release of their “Anthology 1” album. There is only a mono version of this song available because it was common practice at the time to reuse the tapes once a master copy came about, usually a mono mix.