Today’s Question: The Beatles first movie A Hard Day’s Night was shown on American TV for the first time 50 years ago today (October 24th, 1967). Only one vocal number on the Hard Day’s Night soundtrack album was not sung by John Lennon or Paul McCartney. What song was it?
Stumped? Here are a few hints.
- Although neither of them sang it, it was written by Lennon and McCartney.
- It’s not sung by Ringo Starr.
- It contains the line “If somebody tries to take my place, let’s pretend we just can’t see his face.”
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2008-A Beatles I-Pod decorated with the Fab Four’s logo and a Beatles Monopoly game are among the licensed items that hit stores for the holiday season.
2005-Cream plays the first of three reunion shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1983-Yoko Ono announces she will liquidate some of her fortune and donate it to charity.
1980-Cheap Trick releases All Shook Up. The album, produced by George Martin, eventually reaches number-24 in Billboard.
1973-Keith Richards is fined 500-dollars and given conditional discharges on four drug charges and three firearm offenses.
1971-John Lennon and Yoko Ono record the demo of “Happy Christmas (War Is Over”) in their Greenwich Village apartment in New York.
1969-Apple releases John Lennon‘s “Cold Turkey” in the U-K.
1969-Paul McCartney denies reports of his death during an interview with the BBC’s Chris Drake. Parts of the conversation, which takes place at McCartney’s farm in Scotland, air in Britain on the 26th and 27th.
1967-The Beatles‘ first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, is aired for the first time, on N-B-C’s Tuesday Night at the Movies.
1963-The Beatles leave for their first tour outside of Great Britain.
Dale Griffin – Died in 2016
The Mott the Hoople drummer, who was known by the unwanted (and rude) nickname Buffin, went on to a second career as a BBC radio producer. He later developed Alzheimer’s and did not join the band at its reunion shows. He died of Alzheimer’s on January 17th, 2016. He was 67. Born 1948.
Jerry Edmonton (McCrohan) – Died in 1993
The Steppenwolf drummer died in a car accident November 28th, 1993 at 47. He was the brother of the group’s guitarist, Dennis “Mars Bonfire” Edmonton, who wrote “Born to Be Wild.” Born 1946.
Bill Wyman (Perks) – 81 years old
The longtime Rolling Stones bassist left the group in 1993. Since then, in addition to running a restaurant called Sticky Fingers and writing several books about the Stones, he has led the groups Willie and the Poorboys and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. He rejoined the Stones for two songs at their two pre-tour London shows in late 2012. Born 1936.
“I’m Happy Just to Dance With You” (with lead vocals by George Harrison)