On this day, February 10, in 1967, the Beatles recorded the famous orchestral crescendo for their masterpiece “A Day in the Life,” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The recording was unusual for a couple of reasons. For one, the members of the orchestra were not working with a traditional score. They were given 24 measures in which to transition from the lowest note on their instrument up to the highest, and they were told to do so at their own pace, without regard for the pacing of the other orchestra members. This was especially difficult for musicians who are taught from the beginning of their education to follow the conductor.
In addition, the Beatles decided to turn the recording session into a party, complete with balloons, costumes, fake noses and bald wigs. They also invited a lot of their famous friends, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Donovan, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and others.
How nice that you can see them all in the video below. Take a few minutes out of your day to turn on, tune in, drop out and appreciate the wonder that was the Beatles.