Released: 22 November 1963 (UK), 20 January 1964 (US)
With The Beatles
PersonnelJohn Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Lennon was reportedly inspired by Smokey Robinson, and the opening chord and general lyrical theme recalls The Miracles’ You Can Depend On Me.
That’s me trying to do Smokey Robinson again.
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
In the studio
The Beatles recorded All I’ve Got To Do in a single recording session, on 11 September 1963. In his biography of Paul McCartney, Barry Miles claims that Lennon played the song to McCartney just before they began recording it.
It took the group 14 takes to get the song right, though eight of those were false starts. They also recorded an overdub, which became take 15, the version used on the LP.
Although a strong John Lennon song, All I’ve Got To Do was never played live by the group; perhaps its stop-start rhythms would prove too subtle to be heard above the screams of Beatlemaniacs.