This song didn’t have a hard day getting to number one 22



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On this day in 1964, the Beatles had yet another single top the Billboard Hot 100 charts. However, this song only managed to stay at number one for two weeks, unlike some of their other 1964 successes like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” which held the spot for seven weeks and “Can’t Buy Me Love” for five weeks. This song was also featured prominently on the soundtrack to their first feature film.

The title of the song originated from drummer Ringo Starr who said, “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'”.


Listen to “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles below.




Tell us, what is your favourite Beatles record? What are you memories of the Beatles?

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  1. I remember the movie well. A mad Beatles fan I got myself nicely settled in my theatre seat. The theatre went dark, the opening number started and the stupid woman in the seat in front of me proceeded to sing every song in the movie. I still wish I hadn’t suppressed the urge to beat her to death. My favourite Beatles song is John Lennon’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” from the “Revolver” album. It’s not often played but it is the recording that showed us where the Beatles were taking popular music in the future.

  2. That’s easy. A hard day’s night….my sister went to see them in Sydney, I was too young.

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