Beatles - A Day In The Life

About "A Day In The Life"

"A Day in the Life" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles that was released as the final track of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, the opening and closing sections of the song were mainly written by John Lennon, with Paul McCartney primarily contributing the song's middle section. All four Beatles played a role in shaping the final arrangement of the song.

Lennon's lyrics were mainly inspired by contemporary newspaper articles, including a report on the death of Guinness heir Tara Browne. The recording includes two passages of orchestral glissandos that were partly improvised in the avant-garde style. In the song's middle segment, McCartney recalls his younger years, which included riding the bus, smoking, and going to class. Following the second crescendo, the song ends with one of the most famous chords in music history, played on several keyboards, that sustains for over forty seconds.

A reputed drug reference in the line "I'd love to turn you on" resulted in the song initially being banned from broadcast by the BBC. Jeff Beck, Barry Gibb, the Fall and Phish are among the artists who have covered the song. The song inspired the creation of the Deep Note, the audio trademark for the THX film company. It remains one of the most influential and celebrated songs in popular music history, appearing on many lists of the greatest songs of all time, and being commonly appraised as the Beatles' finest song.

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With The Beatles (1963)
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A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Beatles For Sale (1964)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Help! (1965)
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
Abbey Road (1969)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Let It Be (1970)
1962–1966 (The Red Album) (1973)
1967–1970 (The Blue Album) (1973)
Past Masters (1988)
Live at the BBC (1994)
Anthology 1 (1995)
Anthology 3 (1996)
Anthology 2 (1996)
On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 (2013)

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