A Hard Day’s Night (Lennon/McCartney)

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A Hard Day’s Night (Lennon/McCartney)

Recording dates

  • April 16, 1964 (9 takes)
  • April 20, 1964 (mixing for film)
  • April 23, 1964 (mixing for record)
  • June 9, 1964 (mono mixing)
  • June 22, 1964 (stereo mixing)

BBC Performances

See THERE WILL BE A SHOW TONIGHT: The BBC Performances for complete information on BBC performances and recordings

  • Top Gear – recorded July 14, 1964, broadcast July 16, 1964 and released on Live At The BBC (1994)
  • From Us To You – recorded July 17, 1964, broadcast August 3, 1964

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead vocals (verses), electric and acoustic rhythm guitars
  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals (bridge), harmony vocal, bass
  • George Harrison – 12-string lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, bongos, cowbell
  • George Martin – piano

Release history

Chart performance

  • #1, July 23 – August 12 (3 weeks), Record Retailer (UK)
  • #1, August 1 & August 8 (2 weeks), Billboard (US)

Awards

  • Awarded the 1964 Grammy for Best Performance By A Vocal Group
  • Nominated for the 1964 Grammy for Best Rock and Roll Recording

Notable covers

  • Billy Joel (live, from The Complete Hits Collection)