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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 13, 1965 (Tuesday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham and Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

In the morning the Beatles completed shooting the "Relativity Cadenza" scene begun the previous day. They weren't required at Twickenham for the rest of the day, however, with studio and location shots involving Professor Foot, Algernon, Clang, Bhuta and their "Thugs" being filmed here and on location through the afternoon and evening. But the group remained at the film studios long enough to give a live interveiw for BBC Radio.

On this day, The Beatles recorded “Help!” -- the song -- during a four-hour session that started around 7 p.m. at Abbey Road Studio Two in London.

It was the title track of the band's fifth album and second film.

Twelve takes were recorded that night; the first eight were rhythm tracks only, with vocals appearing for the first time on take nine. John Lennon -- the song's primary writer -- sang lead vocals, backed by Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Speaking of Harrison, he had some difficulty playing the descending electric-guitar fills when the band was recording the backing tracks.

The song came to be when someone in The Beatles' camp changed the name of the band's upcoming movie from "Eight Arms to Hold You" to "Help!" Once again, Lennon and McCartney needed to come up with an original song to match the title of a movie. (The same thing happened a year earlier with "A Hard Day's Night.")

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