A busy day for The Beatles, and their first – and only – EMI recording session outside the United Kingdom until the Inner Light sessions in January 1968. John Lennon and George Harrison flew back to Paris on an early flight from London, following their brief return to England the previous day.
The session had originally been scheduled to take place on 27 January 1964, but The Beatles had proved reluctant to attend. George Martin eventually persuaded them to fulfill the obligation, and so they entered the Pathé Marconi Studios at 62 Rue de Sèvres, in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, to record new versions of their two biggest hits.
‘Sie Liebt Dich’ (‘She Loves You’) was next. The original two-track recording no longer existed, so The Beatles re-recorded the rhythm track from scratch. They did this in 13 takes, then recorded their German vocals, with the help of translator Camillo Felgen, sent to them by EMI/Odeon producer Otto Demmler.
The Beatles had made quick progress, and they had time to record the rhythm track of a new song, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, which they completed in four takes.
In the evening The Beatles gave their customary two performances at the Olympia Theatre on Paris’s Boulevard des Capucines.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr album Postcards From Paradise announced
- 1970: Ringo Starr attends the US première of The Magic Christian in Los Angeles
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 18
- 1965: Ringo Starr is photographed by Richard Avedon
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
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