Friday, October 24, 2014

Record #0585: How Do You Do It? / Away From You – GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS

Columbia DB 4987 (original) UK, Mar. 1, 1963
Words & Music bySide AMitch Murray; Side BGerry Marsden, John Chadwick
Musicians: Gerry Marsden (lead vocals, guitars), Freddie Marsden (drums), John "Les" Chadwick (bass), Les Maguire (piano)
Recording sessions: Produced by George Martin at EMI Studios (Abbey Road), London, UK, Jan. 22, 1963 (2.30pm - 5.30pm)
Highest chart positions:  US #9, UK #1, Australia #3

Here's the debut single of Gerry and the Pacemakers.

This was also their debut in the States. Wikipedia claims that the US release came out on July 5, 1964. That is false information. Laurie Records released this (Laurie 3162) already in April 1963. Then later, when the British Invasion had started, they released "How Do You Do It?" again (Laurie 3261) in July 1964, this time with "You'll Never Walk Alone" as the flip. This re-release was the one that climbed the US charts and that's probably the reason why there is incorrect info about the first US release date of the song.

The Beatles also considered (read: pushed by Brian Epstein) to release "How Do You Do It?", but insisted releasing "Please Please Me" instead. After that Epstein offered the song for Gerry and his group.

List price:  not listed in Goldmine's catalog

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