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Decoding The Beatles A Hard Day's Night

♫It's been a hard day's night, and I been working like a dog

It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log♫
The Beatles and producer George Martin (second from right).
"A Hard Day's Night" one of the most famous rock 'n' roll song by English rock band The Beatles(aka Fab Four : George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals), Ringo Starr (drums, vocals),John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals)--
written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon/McCartney (as usual) was released on the movie soundtrack of the same name in 1964. This song was also included in their album by the same name.

The American and British singles of "A Hard Day's Night" as well as both the American and British albums of the same title all held the top position in their respective charts for a couple of weeks in August 1964, the first time any artist had done this.

The song's title originated from something said by Ringo Starr( The Beatles' drummer). He said in an interview:"We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, 'It's been a hard day... and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, '...night!' So we came to 'A Hard Day's Night.'"

It’s the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison’s 12-string Rickenbacker. The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord George Harrison’s was playing in his 12-string Rickenbacker.
In one clip from the CBC radio show,Guitarist Randy Bachman unravels the mystery in front of live audience.What makes it authentic is he says  Giles Martin, son of Beatles’ producer George Martin,showed him source tape of the song at Abbey Road Studios and when tried it does sound same to me :P

Now we now are sure : George Harrison was playing D11 chord on his 12 string Rickenbacker, John Lennon was playing Dsus4 chord on his rhythm guitar, and  Paul McCartney was playing D note on his bass guitar;when  all played together gives that sound.No more fuss!


Anonymous said...

as per my view A HARD DAY'S NIGHT BEEN MY RINGTONE FOR 4 months then i got bored and changed it ....loooooooooool
NICE article up all ..keep it up:)

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