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Song Anniversary: The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night

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1964 was the year the Beatles begun to grace the American airwaves. And in that same year, they released one of their biggest singles.

It was at this time, the band released the single “A Hard Day’s Night”, which was released from the album of the same name, as it was with their film. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and produced by George Martin, the song topped both the UK and US charts, and would go on to be one of the most covered songs, not only in the Beatles’ catalog, but of all time, with covers from artists including Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Billy Joel, and the cast of Glee. The song has also reached other avenues, such as an inclusion in a Cirque de Soleil show.

The title of “A Hard Day’s Night” came from drummer Ringo Starr, who in a radio interview described how their work days sometimes carried on into the night. While that has often been agreed, different versions would occur concerning that statement, such as McCartney stating the name was mostly all in fun.

A Hard Day’s Night featured the B-Side “Things We Said Today” when released in the UK, while “I Should Have Known Better” was the B-side when released in America. The success of the single (as well as the title album and movie) began a new record for the Beatles, as they would be the first to hold the number one spot in both the album and singles charts. It would be a record they would hold until Simon and Garfunkel released Bridge over Troubled Water in 1970. “A Hard Day’s Night” went on to win the Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group in 1965, and would later be regarded as one of the top 200 greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone.


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