Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon/McCartney)

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Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon/McCartney)

French recording session

Can’t Buy Me Love was recorded in France at an EMI facility during sessions for Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand and Sie Liebt Dich, their only recording session for EMI outside of Britain.

BBC Performances

See THERE WILL BE A SHOW TONIGHT: The BBC Performances for complete information on BBC performances and recordings

  • From Us To You – recorded February 28, 1964, broadcast March 30, 1964 and released on Live At The BBC (1994)
  • Saturday Club – recorded March 31, 1964, broadcast April 4, 1964
  • From Us To You – recorded May 1, 1964, broadcast May 18, 1964

Recording dates

  • January 29, 1964 (4 takes; basic track)
  • February 25, 1964 (vocal & lead guitar overdub)
  • February 26, 1964 (mono mixing)
  • March 10, 1964 (drum overdubs, stereo mixing)

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocal, bass
  • John Lennon – acoustic rhythm guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, twelve-string guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • Norman Smith – hi-hat

Release history

Chart performance

  • #1, April 2 – April 22 (3 weeks), Record Retailer (UK)
  • #1, April 4 – May 8 (5 weeks), Billboard (US)