The British songwriter Mitch Murray wrote this bouncy love song for the English teen idol Adam Faith, but he rejected the tune. Murray's publisher, Dick James, then offered it to a singer called Johnny Angel who expressed interest before changing his mind and recording another song, "Better Luck Next Time."
Undeterred, Dick James passed the song to George Martin, A&R director of EMI's Parlophone label. He considered it suitable for his new signing, The Beatles, and although they reluctantly did record the tune, the four young Liverpudlians really only wanted to release their own material. The group insisted on having it dropped in favor of their own "Love Me Do
Martin still had faith in the song's appeal. When EMI signed another young Liverpool beat group, Gerry & the Pacemakers, to its Columbia label, he had them record "How Do You Do It? " as their debut single. "We were very surprised when we recorded it, because we had only heard our voices on crummy tape recorders before," Gerry Marsden recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh. "We couldn't believe we sounded so good."