Beatles-Cember: “A Hard Day’s Night”

Posted: December 19, 2013 by Sam in Movies, Music
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The title track and opening song of the film that shares its name, “A Hard Day’s Night” is instantly recognizable by the opening chord. A sudden jolt of sound and the song hits the ground running, which is why it was so appropriately used at the beginning of the Beatles’ feature film debut, A Hard Day’s Night, that sees the four lads from Liverpool trying to escape the hoard of screaming fans chasing after them.

The origin of the title is universally attributed to Ringo Starr who had a way of saying phrases incorrectly either for the fun of it or just because they popped into his head. There is, however, some debate over why the song title became the movie title with John Lennon, in an interview with Playboy, and Paul McCartney giving offering different versions of how Ringo’s malapropisms, or Ringo-ism as they were lovingly called, became the movie title. According to Lennon, Dick Lester, the director of the film, just chose it because the phrase was an off-the-cuff remark by Ringo. McCartney claims that it was the band who decided to use the title. A third report says that it was the film’s producer, Walter Shenson who chose the title after Lennon told him a few Ringo-isms and then told Lennon to write a song around it.

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