A Day In The Life
The Beatles
Beatles 1967 Sgt Peppers LP

I read the news today oh, boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes
It takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on

1967
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  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • the closing song on The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #28 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the working title for the song was "In the Life of..."
  • on the record:
       John Lennon- lead vocals, acoustic guitar, maracas, piano-final chord
       Paul McCartney- lead vocals, bass guitar, piano
       George Harrison- acoustic guitar, maracas
       Ringo Starr- drums, congas, piano-final chord
       George Martin- harmonium-final chord
       Mal Evans- alarm clock, counting, piano-final chord
  • written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  • Lennon's thoughts on the composition: "Paul and I were definitely working together, especially on "A Day In The Life" that was a real ... The way we wrote a lot of the time: you'd write the good bit, the part that was easy, like "I read the news today" or whatever it was, then when you got stuck or whenever it got hard, instead of carrying on, you just drop it; then we would meet each other, and I would sing half, and he would be inspired to write the next bit and vice versa. He was a bit shy about it because I think he thought it's already a good song. Sometimes we wouldn't let each other interfere with a song either, because you tend to be a bit lax with someone else's stuff, you experiment a bit. So we were doing it in his room with the piano.
  • the final sustained E major chord that ends the song was simultaneously played on three pianos played by John, Paul, Ringo and road manager Mal Evans; it took 9 takes before they all hit the chord at the same time and completed the 53 second finale which lasts only 43 seconds on record and CD
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
  • Lennon's handwritten lyrics to “A Day in the Life” were sold by auction several times over the years - the most recent sale was by Sotheby's in 2010 - they were purchased by an anonymous American buyer who paid $1,200,000
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