Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 14, 1964 (Friday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This new LP came too soon after A Hard Day's Night for Lennon-McCartney, to have written a full album's worth of quality new material. They had a few songs, the final quota numbering eight, so for the other cuts the Beatles had to rely on former stage favorites.

Of the three songs during the evening session, only one, "I'm A Loser", was a Lennon-McCartney number, written mostly by John and showing a definite shift in direction away from the "hand-holding" songs to a more autobiographical and introspective slant, influenced by Bob Dylan. It was recorded in eight takes. These and four of Dr. Feelgood and the Intern's "Mr. Moonlight" were taped between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

After that mono mixes wer made of both titles, presumably, since they were later improved upon, these were for John's personal use - right up to his death in 1980 he liked to take home rough mixes of his day's studio work, usually on a 7 1/2 ips reel.

Then the Beatles decided to do more recording, returning to their instruments for five takes of Johnny Preston's "Leave My Kitten Alone", the "Best" being the last, adorned with a number of overdubs.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 13, 1964 (Thursday)

Today, a day of rest.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 12, 1964 (Tuesday)

Whaddon House, William Mews, London

During an "At Home" party thrown this evening by Brian Epstein in his home here (Flat 15), Ringo was interviewed by NME journalist Chris Hutchins for the BBC Light Programme series The Teen Scene, discussing in particular the Beatles' forthcoming North American concert tour. It was broadcast the next night, Thursday, August 13th.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 11, 1964 (Tuesday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A Hard Day's Night had been out just two weeks when the Beatles began recording another LP, in keeping with the formula of two albums per year, the second aimed at the Christmas sales market. This one would remain untitled until the release date was in sight, eventually being named Beatles For Sale.

The group began and completed John's "Baby In Black" within this time, taping 14 takes and then making 13 separate attempts at perfecting the song's twangy opening guitar notes (none of which was chosen for the finished version).

Before recording, the Beatles were filmed in performance positions by BBC television cameras for an insert into Top Of The Pops. It mattered not what song they were singing for this was a "wild track" shoot, a collection of mute images onto which a disc recording, in this instance of "A Hard Day's Night", could be overdubbed for TOTP broadcast.

Although the shooting was completed, the film was never screened because the BBC then clashed with Brian Epstein over the size of the group's fee, and the footage was later junked.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 10, 1964 (Monday)
Singles Time Line........

Do You Want To Know A Secret/Thank You Girl
Oldies 45 OL149 - August 10, 1964

Please Please Me/From Me To You
Oldies 45 OL150 - August 10, 1964

Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You
Oldies 45 OL151 - August 10, 1964

Twist And Shout/There's A Place
Oldies 45 OL152 - August 10, 1964
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 9, 1964 (Sunday)

The Beatles appearing at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 8, 1964 (Saturday)

The Beatles resting up!

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 7, 1964 (Friday)

The Beatles still had a couple of gigs coming up before the USA tour.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 6, 1964 (Thursday)

The Beatles enjoying a few days of doing nothing.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 5, 1964 (Wednesday)

The Beatles having a rest before the big USA tour. (Next Week)