I’m Happy Just To Dance With You

“I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”, is a Beatles’ song from their 1964 album, “A Hard Day’s Night”. The song also appears in the film of the same name from the same year.

In Detail


Release Date: 10th July, 1964 (UK) (Album), 26th June, 1964 (US) (Single)
Recorded: 1st March, 1964
Studio: Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre: Rock
Track Duration: 1:58
Record Label: Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith


I’m Happy Just To Dance With You from the album, A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night Album (1964)

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

Track Source

A Hard Day’s Night

I’m Happy Just To Dance With You

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” for George Harrison in order to give him a vocal part on the “A Hard Day’s Night” album and film. It’s an upbeat song but it had to accommodate Harrison’s vocal range.

Although Harrison was lacking in confidence to compose his own songs, he certainly gave a confident performance in the film when singing the song. In fact, this performance gave the public a good account of what the lead guitarist could do as a lead singer.

Before Harrison takes to the stage to sing his song, there are dancers onstage dancing to a piano piece incorporating the songs melody. When the song ends, Lennon says to Harrison, “very good that, George”.

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” on the 1st March, 1964, in Studio Two at the EMI Studios, London, during the 10.00am-1.30pm session. There were 4 takes that day with the final one being suitable for the master copy.

The band also recorded the song for the BBC Radio show, “From Us To You” airing on the 3 August, 1964. However, as yet there is no commercially available copy of that version.

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