It was written specifically for George Harrison to sing at a time when he lacked the confidence to compose his own material. Years later, McCartney described it as a "formula song", and Lennon said, "I would never have sung it myself."
Structurally, it features hectic Bo Diddley rhythm and busy banjo style guitar playing in juxtaposition with Harrison's vocal. Its composers give it an unpredictable choice of chord (augmenting the B7th on "I'm happy just to dance with you") right at the crux of its title, jarring the chorus.
The Beatles recorded "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" on a Sunday, the first time they had used Abbey Road Studios on other than a normal work day.
- George Harrison – lead guitar, lead vocal
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar, backing vocal
- Paul McCartney – bass guitar, backing vocal
- Ringo Starr – drums, African drum
- George Martin – producer
- Norman Smith – engineer
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