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February Beatles Blog # 16

by David Louis

The Beatles were preparing to start recording for their next album on this day in 1964. Plans were also being made to celebrate George Harrison's 21st birthday tomorrow.

Considering The Beatles frantic schedule, it's amazing they were able to craft such legendary songs in between concerts, interviews, TV shows and press conferences. With studio time booked for tomorrow, the only thing started for "A Hard Day's Night" was the backing track for "Can't Buy Me Love" which they had recorded in Paris a month earlier. They only had a week before they were to start filming for "A Hard Day's Night", the movie. "Can't Buy Me Love" would be the first song tackled since it was already started. They needed to finish that first because it was about to be their next single.

After recording four songs (You Can't Do That, Can't Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better and  And I Love Her), Brian Epstein planned George's 21st Birthday celebration to be held at the Ivy Restaurant in London.

We'll celebrate George Harrison's 21st birthday tomorrow on The Beatles Blog!