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Trivia about "A Day in the Life"
20 March 2013
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I'll be damned -- David McCallum Sr., the father of the actor who played "Ilya Kuryakin" on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (and more recently has been playing medical examiner "Ducky" Mallard on the show NCIS), was one of the 40 violinists assembled to play on the song "A Day In The Life".

Another detail I never knew -- the final chord is E major, played by eight hands on three pianos, the four pairs of hands belonging to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo, and Mal Evans.  I'm guessing that they probably played the chords with three fingers per hand = 24 fingers = 24 notes, each person playing two E chords, amounting to eight E chords simultaneously sounding, and probably one octave apart per person, and probably the same place on the piano -- though the detail that it was three pianos not four pianos would imply that two people shared one piano, thus at least one of the pairs of chords was different from all the rest.

 

All the above is conjecture based on reasonable inferences.  If anyone has any of the relevant facts, I'd love to know them.

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20 March 2013
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Didn't know about the first thing, but the chord fact is true as far as I'm aware, I've seen it mentioned in multiple reliable sources.

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Ben Ramon said
Didn't know about the first thing, but the chord fact is true as far as I'm aware, I've seen it mentioned in multiple reliable sources.

Same here.

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20 March 2013
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Random trivia about "A Day In The Life":

"Neat if Headily" is an Anagram of "A Day In The Life"

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
22 March 2013
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Didn't know the first fact, but then again, I have no clue who that is LOL!

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Here's one: John originally wanted humming at the end, but in the end it was that legendary chord.

Also, all of the orchestra were given rubber noses, party hats, and gorilla paws.

Mal Evans operated the alarm clock to alert everyone, or something. 

And at the end, the level of volume had to be turned up so high for the final chord that you could hear Ringo's shoe squeaking. a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

1 April 2013
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You can hear chairs squeaking and papers rustling as the final chord rings out because the record level was up so high. The echo on Mal's voice gets heavier and heavier with each bar as he counts from 1 to 24. The high-pitched tone after the chord to "annoy your dog" and before the Beatles runout groove chatter at the end. Lots of little bits in that song!

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plus some kids told Paul about the inner groove's backmasked message 'We'll duck you like a Superman' *f or 'Will Paul come back as Superman' inciting the Paul is Dead myth

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Gerell said
plus some kids told Paul about the inner groove's backmasked message 'We'll duck you like a Superman' *f or 'Will Paul come back as Superman' inciting the Paul is Dead myth

I thought it was "we will fuck you like Superman?"

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I think that's what Gerell meant by *f.

Gerell said 
'We'll duck you like a Superman' *f

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The big thing that I always think of with this masterpiece is the Brian Wilson story....

 

Paul McCartney playing  him a tape of the track... and he is alleged to have been so affected (sadly due to him suffering from mental health problems), that he downed tools and stop working... the track being the catalyst / breaking point for his writing.

 

When I hear this track, even know, it sounds groundbreaking / so advanced... even for THIS era.

 

I couldn't even begin to imagine how it was consumed and absorbed by people way back then.

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Not sure if it's true, but I read somewhere that a few of the orchestra members were so put off by the masks and what they were asked to play, that they walked out of the session. Bunch of fuddyduddies! blue-meanie

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Yes you can even see it in the A Day In The Life "music video"

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
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In the Anthology version they used Mal's voice echoing instead of the "Ahhhs"

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Maybe it was Mal doing those Ahhs then.

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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Maybe it was Mal doing those Ahhs then.

 

Not in the Anthology version he's counting from 6 to 20 on that.

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