"A Hard Day's Night" is a single from the English band The Beatles. The song was written by John Lennon and it was credited to Lennon-McCartney.
He had the idea for the title from Ringo Starr, whom after working for a whole day and night stated that "It's been a long day", but after noticing it was dark, he added "...night".
This led to the words connection "A Hard Day's Night". After his statement, a producer, Dick Lester, came with the idea for a movie with this title, a movie that would serve as an inspiration for the song's lyrical composition.
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John Lennon wrote the song in just one night. He later stated that it was Paul McCartney who performed the vocals simply because he was not able to reach the notes.
The band recorded the track at the Abbey Road Studios, in London, on April 16, 1964. It required less than three hours to complete the production and decide on the ninth take as the final result.
"A Hard Day's Night" has a short duration, of 2:32 minutes, like many of the band's greatest hits and it was released on April 16, 1964. It was part of the soundtrack album with the same name.
In the United Kingdom, the B-Side for the single was "Things We Said Today", and in the United States, "I Should Have Known Better".
It proved to be a huge success and set up a new record in the industry: it was the first time when the number one position would be taken by the group, on the singles and also on the album charts, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. It was also the fifth song out of a total of seven, which would take over the charts in just one-year period.
The band was awarded for "Best Performance By A Vocal Group", at the Grammy Awards ceremony, held in 1965.
"A Hard Day's Night" is played in G Major while McCartney takes the high harmony and Lennon the low one.
The single was featured in the video game, "Mikie", and also served as the wake-up music for the Space Shuttle Missions. It has been covered by The Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Otis Redding, The Punkles, Rita Lee, Hoodoo Gurus, The Kelly Family, Nat and Alex Wolff and dozens many others. It was also featured in the television series, "Glee" as a duet between Lea Michele and Naya Rivera.
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