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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 18, 1965 (Monday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

"If I Needed Someone" was the first priorty of this afternoon session, from 2:30 to 5:45, George's lead vocal, John and Paul's backing vocal and Ringo's tambourine being overdubbed onto the previous night's take one rhythm track.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent taping another marvellous new John Lennon song, the autobiographical "In My Life". The "best" was take three, completed but for a gap left in the middle-eight section which was plugged with an imaginative overdub on October 22nd.

 

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 17, 1965 (Sunday)

Top #5 songs in the USA

  • The Beatles - Yesterday
  • The McCoys - Hang on Sloopy
  • Barry McGuire - Eye of Destruction
  • The Toys - A Lover's Concerto
  • Roy Head - Treat her Right

Top #5 songs in the UK

  • Ken Dodd - Tears
  • Andy Williams - Almost There
  • Manfred Mann - If You Gotta Go Go Now
  • Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
  • The Walker Brothers - Make It Easy On Yourself
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 16, 1965 (Saturday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Interveiwed in 1966, John and Paul admitted that "Day Tripper" was a "Forced" composition, written under the pressure of having to come up with a single. Well, other composers would have been proud to have come up with a song like this. It formed one of the two A-sides of the Beatles next single, issued on the same day as Rubber Soul, Friday, December 3rd, yet independently of that album.

The group worked from 2:30 to 7:00 pm rehearsing and recording the rhythm track, with only the final take, the third, making it through to the end. They began the 7:00-12:00 pm session overdubbing the vocals onto this, John and Paul sharing lead and backing roles. Once again, the Beatles started and completed a classy, influential recording within a matter of hours.

With the clock heading towards midnight, the group then recorded one take of a basic rhythm track for George's new composition "If I Needed Someone", leaving vocals and additional instruments to be overdubbed the next day.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 15, 1965 (Friday)
The #1 song in the US on October 15, 1965