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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

 

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