You Can't Do That (2:33)

Cover of A Hard Day's Night

From A Hard Day's Night and 35 other releases

“You Can’t Do That” is a song recorded by The Beatles credited to Lennon / McCartney although it was wholly composed by John Lennon.
While in New York for The Ed Sullivan Show guitarist George Harrison was presented with a Rickenbacker 360 Deluxe electric 12-string guitar worth (in 1964) $900. Only the second one produced, it was heard for the first time on “You Can’t Do That” (although actually used for the first time on “Can’t Buy Me Love” but lost in the mix) and gave the song its distinctive chiming sound. It would be played extensively on the A Hard Day’s Night LP, greatly influencing Roger McGuinn, who later went on to form The Byrds.

With filming due to begin on A Hard Day’s Night, film director Dick Lester needed The Beatles to provide him with original material ahead of production, and “You Can’t Do That” was selected as one of the songs The Beatles played as part of the Scala Theatre “live performance” scene in the film, but it was dropped for the final cut. At one stage it was considered for the A-side of their next single until McCartney produced “Can’t Buy Me Love”.


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