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This Day in Music: A Day In The Life

It was April 21, 1967. Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.

On 27 August 1992 Lennon’s handwritten lyrics were sold by the estate of Mal Evans in an auction at Sotheby’s London for $100,000 (£56,600).  The lyrics were put up for sale again in March 2006 by Bonhams in New York. Sealed bids were opened on 7 March 2006 and offers started at about $2 million. The lyric sheet was auctioned again by Sotheby’s in June 2010. It was purchased by an anonymous American buyer who paid £810,000 ($1,200,000).

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “A Day in the Life” at number 26 on the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Sources:

April 21 – This Day In Music

A Day in the Life – Wikipedia

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Wikipedia

Abbey Road Studios – Wikipedia