Can't Buy Me Love - Reviews

Quoted from Many Years From Now, p. 161:

Paul: '"Can't Buy Me Love" is my attempt to write a bluesy mode. The idea behind it was that all these material possessions are all very well but they won't buy me what I really want. It was a very hooky song. Ella Fitzgerald later did a version of it which I was very honoured by.'

It was Paul's song, John Lennon told Playboy: 'That's Paul's completely. Maybe I had something to do with the chorus, but I don't know. I always considered it his song.'

It was written in Paris. The Beatles were playing their season at the Olympia Theatre: two and sometimes three shows a day for eighteen days, from 16 January until 4 February 1964. They were staying at the exclusive George V Hotel on the Avenue George-V, in the expensive residential area between the Champs Elysées and the River Seine. In order to work on songs for their upcoming movie, John and Paul had an upright piano brought to the sitting room of their suite and installed in the corner by a window. Here Paul wrote 'Can't Buy Me Love'. They rehearsed it; George Martin flew over from London; and on 29 January they recorded it at the Pathé Marconi Studios on rue de Sèvres.

Posted: 28 dec 2009

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