Cant Buy Me Love • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single Can’t Buy Me Love b/w You Can’t Do That

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ USA single – front cover
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‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ USA single – back cover
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‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ USA single – Capitol record label
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  • Label: Capitol 5150 MONO
  • Released: 16th March 1964
  • Sales figures: after 1 day – 1 million; after 3 days – over 2 million; Certified Gold – 31st March 1964
  • Peak position for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 5 – from 5th April 1964
  • Weeks in chart: 10 – from 28th March 1964
  • Peak position for ‘You Can’t Do That’:
    Billboard – #48;
    Cashbox – #77;
    Record World – Didn’t enter
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 4th April 1964

The ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ single nearly didn’t happen in America because Capitol wanted to release ‘Roll Over Beethoven / Please Mr. Postman’ instead. This had already sold a shed-load in Canada and imported copies were sitting pretty at No.68. It took the wise-head of George Martin to persuade them to wait a little while longer for new material. His decision proved to be a good one, because ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ ended up with advance orders of 1.7 million copies – a new record!

By the time it knocked ‘She Loves You’ off the top of the charts The Beatles had twelve songs in the Hot 100.

The songs (and the positions they held) were: 1) ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, 2) ‘Twist And Shout’, 3) ‘She Loves You’, 4) ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, 5) ‘Please Please Me’, 31) ‘I Saw Her …

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USA CD single (Re-release) Can’t Buy Me Love b/w You Can’t Do That

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ USA single – CD box front
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  • Label: C3 44305 2
  • Released: 8th February 1989

At the end of the 1980s Capitol decided to issue all of The Beatles’ British singles in CD format, in an unusual long box design.

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USA CD single (Re-release) Can’t Buy Me Love b/w You Can’t Do That

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  • Label: CD 15907
  • Released: 10th November 1992

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ CD box-set.

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