The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : March 10, 1964 (Tuesday)

The Turks Head, Winchester Rd. St. Margaret's, Twickenham, Middlesex and Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

One of the main talking points in what was to be called a Hard Day's Night was Rindo's long solo sequence, in which - having been encouraged to desert the group by Paul's "grandfather", Wilfrid Brambell - he embarks upon a series of adventures, most ending in disaster. The first element to be shot was his trip to a pub, where he complains about the sandwiches, accidently smashes a beer bottle and then almost maims a parrot positioned uncomfortably close to the dart board. The sequence was filmed on this day at the Turks Head public house on Winchester Road, St. Margaret's, close by Twickenham Film Sutdios where the film production was based and where the studio work would be filmed.

Also this day, at Abbey Road, George Martin produced stereo mixes of "Can't Buy Me Love", "Long Tall Sally", "I Call Your Name", and "You Can't Do That", and mono mixes of "Long Tall Sally", "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" and "Sie Liebt Dich". An intriguing document was uncovered at EMI in 1991 suggesting that a "drummer" participated in this 10:00 am - 1:00 pm session with regard to "Can't Buy Me Love" - which only can mean that he did some overdubbing. He was paid a Musician's Union session fee of £5 15s (£5.75) - the Beatles were also paid for their sessions in these early years, quite distinct from their royalty calculations - but his name was not detailed on the document.

This answers one question that has long puzzled some Beatles students, why the drumming on this song's stero mix differs slightly from the mono. But it also raises a new question regarding the drummer's identity: Ringo's "A Hard Day's Night" shooting schedule would seem to suggest that he had little, if any, opportunity to visit Abbey Road on this day.

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