You Can't Do That
- John Lennon – lead vocal, lead guitar
- Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass, cowbell
- George Harrison – backing vocal, 12 string rhythm guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, congas
Released as the b-side to Can't Buy Me Love, You Can't Do That was the Beatles' sixth UK single and their seventh single in the US.
Written in February of 1964 during the Beatles' US tour (Miami), this Lennon composition was the pioneer of a song feature that became closely identified with most of the Beatles' later music: the two-bar guitar intro.
The guitar riff would kick off the song, and then everyone would jump in on measure 3. As the song proceeded, the riff would reappear as a sort of motif for the number. Lennon plays lead guitar, something of a switch for the group. Paul is heard playing the cowbell in You Can't Do That. George featured his newly-acquired electric 12-string Rickenbacker. Structurally, this song is a 12-bar blues, with a verse-verse-bridge format, followed by a repeat of the bridge-verse towards a conclusion.
A guitar solo introduces the bridge. Another innovation in this song is the somewhat heavier performance of the vocalists, a characteristic not heard previously, but which would be identified with their subsequent recordings. You Can't Do That was released as tbe B-side of the Beatles' hit single, >em>Can't Buy Me Love.
February 25, 1964 in 9 takes.