On 10 July, 1964, The Beatles released A Hard Day’s Night, both the single and the album. They came back to Liverpool on that day for the premiere.
It was the only Beatles album to feature just Lennon-McCartney songs and it entered the UK charts on 18 July. Side one contained songs from the movie soundtrack and the other side featured six more songs. It hit number one on 25 July 1964, where it remained for an astonishing 21 consecutive weeks. In all it spent 38 weeks in the UK charts, and by the end of 1964 had sold more than 600,000 copies.
- A Hard Day’s Night
- Tell Me Why
- I’ll Cry Instead
- I Should Have Known Better (instrumental)
- I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
- And I Love Her (instrumental)
- I Should Have Known Better
- If I Fell
- And I Love Her
- Ringo’s Theme (This Boy) (instrumental)
- Can’t Buy Me Love
- A Hard Day’s Night (instrumental)
About the premiere John later said they were very nervous because of being seen as heroes by the Liverpool people and they were afraid people would think they changed since they were in their early Beatles style: suit and a really clean appearance. He was so nervous that he did a greeting gesture similar to Hitler‘s (probably without thinking since he never thought much before acting) but got away with it because people weren’t really paying attention to those things.
The Beatles Day
Since this returning to Liverpool for the premier, this day is considered one of the landmarks in their rise to fame so in 2008 it became official that it would be celebrated as The Beatles Day not only in Liverpool but as also in Hamburg and other cities.
Others choose to celebrate this day on 27 February in the USA to mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Fab Four‘s music in time for Spring.
And now.. May I leave my favourite song from the album, my favourite scene from the movie and the trailer, here below the single.
Happy Beatles Day!