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“A Hard Day's Night”
“A Hard Day's Night” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "Things We Said Today" (UK)
"I Should Have Known Better" (US)
Released 10 July 1964
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 16 April 1964
Genre Rock
Length 2:32
Label Parlophone (UK) R5160
Capitol (U.S.) 5222
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"A Hard Day's Night"
"I Feel Fine"

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.'

—Ringo Starr, 1964

I was going home in the car and Dick Lester suggested the title, 'Hard Day's Night' from something Ringo had said. I had used it in 'In His Own Write,' but it was an off-the-cuff remark by Ringo. You know, one of those malapropisms. A Ringo-ism, where he said it not to be funny... just said it. So Dick Lester said, 'We are going to use that title.' And the next morning I brought in the song... 'cuz there was a little competition between Paul and I as to who got the A-side-- who got the hits. If you notice, in the early days the majority of singles, in the movies and everything, were mine... in the early period I'm dominating the group. The only reason he sang on 'A Hard Day's Night' was because I couldn't reach the notes. (sings) 'When I'm home/ everything seems to be right/ when I'm home...' --which is what we'd do sometimes. One of us couldn't reach a note but he wanted a different sound, so he'd get the other to do the harmony.

—John Lennon, 1980

The title was Ringo's. We'd almost finished making the film, and this fun bit arrived that we'd not known about before, which was naming the film. So we were sitting around at Twickenham studios having a little brain-storming session... and we said, 'Well, there was something Ringo said the other day.' Ringo would do these little malapropisms, he would say things slightly wrong, like people do, but his were always wonderful, very lyrical... they were sort of magic even though he was just getting it wrong. And he said after a concert, 'Phew, it's been a hard day's night.

—Paul McCartney, 1994


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