Thursday, January 15, 2009

Can't Buy Me Love

"Can't Buy Me Love is regarded as Paul's song, although Lennon is believed to have made a minor contribution. Some sources say the song was recorded on January 29, 1964 in Paris at Pathe Marconi Studios. Other sources provide February 25 as the recording date. The song entered the charts at number one in the UK on March 20, 1964. It was released in the U.S. on March 16, 1964 and occupied the number one position on Billboard charts for five weeks.

The song was originally sung by the Beatles starting with the first verse, but George Martin believed that beginning with the chorus gave the song more of a hook. The song was included on the soundtrack of A Hard Day's Night in both Britain and the United States and was covered in 1964 by American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.

McCartney handles bass and lead vocal; Starr plays drums; Lennon and Harrison play rhythm and lead guitar respectively, with Harrison playing his Rickenbacker 360 12-string.

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