A hard day‘s night
A hard day’s night – Film, Album, Song
A hard day’s night – The Beatles. This is not only the first song of the record of the same name, which was released on July 10, 1964, but also the title of the first film produced by The Beatles. The A side of the record is populated with the songs that serve as the film’s score. The B side are additional, but therefore not less noteworthy pieces, most of which were written by John Lennon. The rest of the pieces on the third album of the Beatles wrote Paul McCartney. A typical picture, while Paul and Lennon work as a songwriter dream team, complement each other and understand each other, George and Ringo have to put their ideas for new pieces to the back.
International breakthrough with the single A hard day’s night
1964 proved to be the year of the Beatles‘ international breakthrough. The single A hard day’s night reaches the million mark, the accompanying album remains at number one in the UK for 21 weeks and in the US for 14 weeks. The group also wins two Grammy Awards for best performance and best new artist. Today a strange idea that this group, now absolute classics of pop history, were once new artists.
A hard day’s night – title track?
Although normally, as already indicated above, John and Paul were responsible for the lyrics, this one comes exceptionally from Ringo Starr. Well at least the headline, but that contributes significantly to the success of art, so it should not be underestimated. The film and the album had, although the work for it was already in full swing, still no title. Ringo tells in an interview that the finding of the name for the title track was rather a coincidence.
We had worked all day, until nightfall. Thinking it was still daytime, I said, „It’s been a hard day…“ I looked around, realized it was already night, and added, „..’s night.“
The director of the movie Richard Lester heard what Ringo had said and decided that would be the movie title. In Germany, however, the title was changed to Yeah Yeah Yeah.
A hard day’s night – Title without song
Now you had a title without a song. When Ringo happened to contribute the title for this major project, there was no corresponding piece that could carry this name. A hard day’s night therefore only a title without a song. A competition arose between John and Paul to see who would succeed in writing an appropriate piece by the next day. The shooting was almost finished, but the title song was still missing. Lester put pressure and indeed Lennon came to the studio the following day with the finished A hard day’s night. On April 17, 1964, the recordings took place at Abbey Road Studios.
A hard day’s night – recording with a Rickenbacker
Although the freshly written song is still unknown to everyone, the Beatles only need nine takes to record it. John and Paul sing, with Paul taking the high part („When I’m home, everything seems to be right“). John admits in an interview that he just couldn’t hit those notes. This piece is also significant in terms of the twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar used by George Harrison. As a result of the album, it became one of the Beatles‘ trademarks. In the first four bars of A Hard Day’s Night, Georg uses an echo on his Rickenbacker for the first time, but this version is not retained. Anyway, the recording is difficult for Georg, because Lester keeps interfering. In the end, however, the recording succeeds in a remarkable three hours.
A hard day’s night – Georg Harrison and Pattie Boyd get to know each other
It’s a love story with ups and downs. And it began during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night. Georg Harrsion meets his later wife, the two married in 1966, Pattie Boyd. In the music video for the Beatles song Something, written by Georg, not only the Beatles play themselves, but also their real girlfriends and wives can be seen. At Georg’s side Pattie Boyd. The marriage ended in 1977, Boyd had fallen in love with Eric Clapton, whom she married two years later.