A Day In The Life

Promotional film • For The Beatles
Timeline This film has been released in 2015
Filming date:
Feb 10, 1967
Filming location:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

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The orchestra overdubs for “A Day In The Life” were recorded on February 10, 1967, between 8 pm to 1 am, with George Martin and Paul McCartney conducting a 40-piece orchestra. 

Reflecting the Beatles’ taste for experimentation and the avant-garde at this point in their careers, the orchestra players were asked to wear or were given a costume piece on top of their formal dress. This resulted in different players wearing anything from fake noses to fake stick-on nipples. George Martin recalled that the lead violinist performed wearing a gorilla paw, while a bassoon player placed a balloon on the end of his instrument.

Also present in the studio was George Harrison’s wife Pattie, along with a number of friends including Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Donovan, Michael Nesmith of The Monkees, and Simon and Marijke of design company The Fool.

This orchestral session was filmed by NEMS Enterprises for use in a planned television special. But given the BBC’s ban of “A Day In The Life, because of what they assumed were drug references, the film was never released.

In 2015, portions of the film were released in the “A Day in the Life” promotional film, included in the three-disc versions of the Beatles’ 2015 video compilation 1+.

Last updated on September 27, 2023


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