Song facts: Every Little Thing, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party, What You're Doing

Having started work on Beatles for Sale on August 11th, The Beatles continued recording some new songs on September 29th 1964. On this day the band recorded three new tracks: Every Little Thing, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party and What You're Doing. 

Beatle for Sale photo shoot, 1964. 

Beatle for Sale photo shoot, 1964. 

Paul McCartney with George Martin working on Beatles for Sale, 1964.

Paul McCartney with George Martin working on Beatles for Sale, 1964.

Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing was written by Paul McCartney while at his girlfriend Jane Asher's house. Typically the author of a song sang lead but in this instance John sings lead, despite the fact that it's not one of his. 

Paul had hoped Every Little Thing would be issued as a single, but it was released on Beatles for Sale instead.

"John and I got this one written in Atlantic City during our last tour of the States. John does the guitar riff for this one, and George is on acoustic. Ringo bashes some timpani drums for the big noises you hear." - Paul McCartney
"Every Little Thing, like most of the stuff I did, was my attempt at the next single. I remember playing it for Brian backstage somewhere. He had assembled a few people. It was one of those meetings - 'Oh, we have to do some recordings, who's got what?' and we played a few at Brian. We didn't often check things with Brian, in fact I just remember it in connection with this because I thought it was very catchy. I played it amongst a few songs; it was something I thought was quite good but it became an album filler rather than the great almighty single. It didn't have quite what was required." - Paul McCartney

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 Personnel

  • John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass, piano
  • George Harrison – double-tracked lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, timpani
  • George Martin – producer
  • Norman Smith – engineer
Paul McCartney and John Lennon recording Beatles for Sale, 1964.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon recording Beatles for Sale, 1964.

I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

I Dont Want  to Spoil the Party was written by John Lennon; a somber, introspective song about being stood up at a party by a girl. A lot of John's writing at that time was fused with emotional turmoil.

"That was a very personal one of mine. In the early days I wrote less material than Paul because he was more competent on the guitar than I. He taught me quite a lot of guitar really." - John Lennon

Personnel

  • John Lennon – vocal, backing vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – bass, harmony vocals, backing vocal
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocal
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
Paul McCartney and John Lennon recording Beatles for Sale, 1964.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon recording Beatles for Sale, 1964.

What You're Doing

What You're Doing was another one of Paul's songs, believed to be written about his then girlfriend Jane Asher, who was extremely influential on Paul's songwriting between 1963 and 1967.

"What You're Doing was a bit of a filler. I think it was a little more mine than John's, but I don't have a very clear recollection so to be on the safe side I'd put it as 50-50. It doesn't sound like an idea that I remember John offering, so it sounds like a way to get a song started, some of them are just that. 'Hey, what'cha doing?'
You sometimes start a song and hope the best bit will arrive by the time you get to the chorus... but sometimes that's all you get, and I suspect this was one of them. Maybe it's a better recording than it is a song, some of them are. Sometimes a good recording would enhance the song." - Paul McCartney

 Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, bass
  • John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • George Harrison – harmony vocal, twelve-string lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • George Martin – piano

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