The Beatles filmed parts of A Hard Day’s Night at Twickenham Film Studios in the morning and afternoon, and in between visited London’s Dorchester Hotel to attend a Variety Club awards dinner.
This was the first of two days spent filming studio corridor scenes. The Beatles also gave interviews to Peter Noble for the BBC radio show Movie-Go-Round, broadcast on the Light Programme service on Sunday 12 April from 3-4pm.
The Beatles were more than familiar with hard work, but this day was evidently unusually busy. On this date, at the end of filming, an exhausted Ringo Starr uttered the phrase “It’s been a hard day’s night”, which was swiftly adopted as the title for The Beatles first film.
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’.
Also on this day...
- 1965: Filming: Help!, Austria
- 1964: The Beatles’ first Top Of The Pops appearance
- 1964: The Beatles are given Variety Club awards
- 1963: Live: Regal Cinema, Cambridge
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
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