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“A Day in the Life” by the Beatles

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    “A Day in the Life” is a rock song recorded by the Beatles and released in 1967. The song may be loosely based on Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to Guinness and a close friend of Lennon and McCartney who died in his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966, in Redcliffe Gardens, Earls Court.

    Song Title: A Day in the Life
    Artist: the Beatles
    Genre: classic rock easy listening
    Composer: Copyright © 1967 John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    Lead Vocals: John Lennon (verses), Paul McCartney (middle-eight)
    Acoustic Guitar: John Lennon
    Piano: Paul McCartney; final chord: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mal Evans
    Keyboards: harmonium (final chord): George Martin
    Harp: John Marston
    Bass Guitar: Paul McCartney
    Timpani: Tristan Fry
    Maracas: John Lennon, George Harrison
    Flute: Clifford Seville, David Sandeman
    Clarinet: Basil Tschaikov, Jack Brymer
    Oboe: Roger Lord
    Bassoon: N. Fawcett, Alfred Waters
    Trumpet: David Mason, Monty Montgomery, Harold Jackson
    French horn: Alan Civil, Neil Sanders
    Trombone: Raymond Brown, Raymond Premru, T. Moore
    Tuba: Michael Barnes
    Violin: Granville Jones, Bill Monro, Jurgen Hess, Hans Geiger, D. Bradley, Lionel Bentley, David McCallium, Donald Weekes, Henry Datyner, Sidney Sax, Ernest Scott
    Viola: John Underwood, Gwynne Edwards, Bernard Davis, John Meek
    Cello: Francisco Gabarro, Dennis Vigay, Alan Delzeil, Alex Nifosi
    Double Bass: Cyril Mac Arther, Gordon Pearce
    Alarm clock: Mal Evans
    Counting: Mal Evans
    Producer: George Martin
    Recorded: January 19 and 20 and february 3 and 10, 1967, EMI Studios, London
    Released: album: June 1, 1967 (Parlophone, Capitol, EMI); single: September 30, 1978 (Parlophone)
    Label: Parlophone, Capitol, EMI

    Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Beatles Songs: A Day in the Life was selected number one (1) in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Beatles Songs in 2010. See Rolling Stone.

    Number of listens: 12261
    Current rank: 495 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 50 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “A Day in the Life” is a song by The Beatles, the final track on the group’s 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Credited to Lennon/McCartney, the song comprises distinct segments written independently by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with orchestral additions. While Lennon’s lyrics were inspired by contemporary newspaper articles, McCartney’s were reminiscent of his youth. The decisions to link sections of the song with orchestral glissandos and to end the song with a sustained piano chord were made only after the rest of the song had been recorded. The supposed drug reference in the line “I’d love to turn you on” resulted in the song initially being banned from broadcast by the BBC. Since its original album release, “A Day in the Life” has been released as a B-side, and also on various compilation albums. It has been covered by other artists including Sting, Bobby Darin, The Fall, Neil Young, Jeff Beck, The Bee Gees, Robyn Hitchcock, Phish and since 2008, by McCartney in his live performances. The song is frequently listed among the greatest songs ever written.

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music news

    Concert organizer Live Nation pulled the plug on a Bruce Springsteen concert in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
    Bruce Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by a half an hour when Paul McCartney joined him on stage to sing “I Saw her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout”.
    Live Nation officials turned off the microphones, forcing Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney to leave the stage without even getting a chance to thank the audience.
    Live Nation claimed that silencing the musicians was “in the interest of the public’s health and safety.”
    Steven Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, criticized the decision as "heavy-handed".
    Steven Van Zandt wrote on Twitter, “English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!” and “On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” and “There’s no grudges held. Just feel bad for our great fans. ... It’s some City Council stupid rule.”
    London Mayor Boris Johnson was critical, saying, “It sounds to me like an excessively efficious decision. You won’t get that during the Olympics. If they’d called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!”
    There are calls for boycotting the London Olympics because of the murder of Lennox by government officials.

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