Eight Days a Week
- John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, handclaps
- Paul McCartney – bass guitar, backing vocals, handclaps
- George Harrison – lead guitar, handclaps
- Ringo Starr – drums, handclaps
Like A Hard Day's Night, Eight Days a Week took its inspiration from a "Ringo-ism." Paul wrote the song mainly, with input from John, as a title song for the Beatles' next movie. ("Help!" proved to be tricky from an ownership point of view, so the provisional name was "Eight Arms to Hold You" until the issue was resolved.) The most well-known innovation of Eight Days a Week is its fade-in intro, thought to be a first for pop music. Both Paul and John share harmonized leads, with Lennon being somewhat more prominent.
October 6 & 18, 1964 in 15 takes.
PMC 1240 (mono)
PCS 3062 (stereo)