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“All I’ve got to Do”

What John Lennon said about “All I’ve got to Do”

JOHN 1980: “That’s me trying to do Smokey Robinson again.”

Info about “All I’ve got to Do”

It was one of three songs Lennon wrote solo for With The Beatles, with “It Won’t Be Long” and “Not a Second Time.” Lennon said that it was written specifically for the American market; the idea of calling a girl on the telephone was unthinkable to a British youth in the early 1960s.

In the United States, “All I’ve Got to Do” originally appeared on Meet the Beatles! (1964). According to Dennis Alstrand, the song is the first time in rock and roll or rock music in which the bass player plays chords as a vital part of the song.


  • John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums

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