It was 49 years ago today (October 6th, 1964) that the Beatles began recording "Eight Days A Week." John Lennon, who co-wrote the song with Paul McCartney, was never a fan of the song, and prior to his death in 1980 told Playboy, "We struggled to record it and struggled to make it into a song. It was (Paul's) initial effort, but I think we both worked on it. I'm not sure. But it was lousy anyway."
The song was recorded by the group in London's legendary Abbey Road Studios between 3 and 10 p.m. with Lennon on acoustic guitar, McCartney on bass, George Harrison on 12-string electric guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums. 13 different takes were recorded of the song, with take six being the "master" on which the group added overdubs.
Paul McCartney told us that while working with the teams remastering the Beatles CD's as well as creating Rock Band, memories of his time working on the music with John Lennon have come flooding back: "I used to go out to John's house in Weybridge to write songs. And at that particular time, I had been busted for speeding so I had to have a driver to take me out there. And we were chatting on the way. I remember saying to the guy, 'Well how've you been -- you been busy?' And he said, 'Oh yeah mate, I been workin' eight days a week!' And I went into John's house, I said, 'Right -- I got the title, 'Eight Days A Week.' And we wrote it there and then."
"Eight Days A Week," which was featured on the group's British album Beatles For Sale and the American Beatles VI (six), is mainly remembered for the groundbreaking fade-in, an effect usually used for the ending of records.
Although it wasn't released as a single in Britain at the time, it was in the U.S. On March 13th, 1965, "Eight Days A Week" knocked the Temptations' "My Girl" out from Number One, going on to top the charts for two weeks before the Supremes overtook the Beatles with "Stop! In The Name Of Love."
Although the Beatles never performed "Eight Days A Week" in concert, in a surprise move, Paul McCartney opened his 2013 tour dates with the song, finally giving it its live world premiere.
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