by Pat Matthews
It would be nearly a year before The Beatles would begin recording their groundbreaking Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, turning the music world on its ear. But the groundwork for more complex lyrics and tunes found their roots in an April 13, 1966 recording session at Abbey Road.
That was the day the Lads laid down the first two takes of “Paperback Writer” a McCartney penned tune that totally abandoned the “boy loves girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl” scenario which had been the norm.
Even before the final American tour, The Beatles were planting the seeds for what was to come. The song, along with flip side “Rain” would become an enormous hit for the group upon release on June 10, 1966. It had been 27 weeks since their last single release “Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out”, the longest drought fans had ever had to suffer through! British sales were the lowest of any Beatles single since “Love Me Do”, yet sailed to the top of the charts worldwide nevertheless.
Not bad for a song that incorporates the French nursery rhyme “Frere Jacques” on the backing vocals! The Beatles music was progressing more rapidly than ever before. Join us as we celebrate their music and a whole lot more 24/7 on beatlesarama.com!