About five years earlier, his fellow British friends The Beatles did just that for the first time. October 13th, , was the first time that one of their scheduled recording sessions went past the midnight mark and into the next day. Their inclination to stay and finish the recording while the inspiration was high turned out to be a wise one, being that the enduring quality of the song resonates to this day. John's Kenwood home Songwriting History Although John described the song as co-written by him and Paul during his Hit Parader interview in , during his Playboy interview in he pretty much gave Paul full credit.
It has a Motown bass line. I think we just threw it in. We can do it, we can do it. Is he offering a job as a chauffeur, or what? And then it became much more ambiguous, which we liked, instead of golden rings, which was a bit poofy. Suddenly we were in LA: Black humor crept in and saved the day. It wrote itself then. I find that very often, once you get the good idea, things write themselves.
We think that comedy numbers are the next thing after protest songs. As Paul himself concurs: George Harrison explains the somewhat different atmosphere of this session: I played that line on the guitar and Paul laid that with me on bass. We laid the track down like that. At another time, George had stated: The instruments used on the rhythm track consisted of George on electric guitar, Paul on bass both basically playing the same part and Ringo on drums.
John apparently sat out this rhythm track as well as the rest of the entire song. These overdubs were numerous and include the following: This is most discernable in the final two measures of the solo where Paul's slide work is noticeably different. The cowbell overdub was mixed rather low on this mono mix which also included very little reverb on the vocals.
Interestingly, this mix was not available in the US at the time since Capitol Records decided to combine both channels of the stereo mix to create their own mono mix. The cowbell was raised slightly higher in the mix and the reverb is punched up somewhat unlike the mono mix made the day before. The right channel consists of the rest of the overdubs, which consist of the lead vocals, cowbell, piano and lead guitar parts.
In fact, we can hear George play some adlib guitar runs in-between the vocal lines in the final verse, but these were turned down in the mix so as not to be heard although we still can. Although the changes to the elements are minimal, differences include the lead vocals being a little more centered and the absence of Paul practicing his vocals during the guitar solo. His performance of the song at the Super Bowl on February 6th, was also recorded for a future limited edition release.
A quick introduction and faded conclusion round out the proceedings. This quick two-measure introduction, however, is arguably the most disorienting beginning to any Beatles song in their history.
The idiosyncrasy appears as a result of the overdubbed lead guitar line placed on top of the bass guitar introduction and drum roll as played on the rhythm track. Then Ringo comes in with an introductory drum roll, consisting of sixteenth beats, which segue perfectly into the first measure of the first verse. On top of this, Paul adds an overdubbed lead guitar passage that actually starts on the eighth note before the first measure of the introduction.
In order to decode it properly, practice counting the second guitar note as the downbeat and it will all work out. After the listener finally gets his bearings, the first eight-measure verse begins. Two part harmony is heard throughout the verse with Paul singing the higher harmony which is basically staying on a single note for the entire verse.
The piano plays the part of a rhythm instrument in the absence of the usual strummed guitar as in nearly every other Beatles song up to this point.
The piano plays its final chord of the chorus on the one-beat of the eighth measure, leaving behind the guitar and bass unison Otis Redding-like riff to fill out the rest of the final measure. Apart from different lyrics, the second verse is identical in structure and followed by a repeat of the chorus which is also structurally the same except for one added element at the end. In the eighth measure, not only does the piano drop out but every other instrument does as well except for the tambourines.
This ushers in the guitar solo which is played on top of of the chord changes of a new verse. As has been becoming more frequent, Paul performs the solo on this track which is played in part, if not in full, using a slide which is most noticeable in the seventh and eighth measures. The usual verse instrumentation as heard elsewhere in the song is also present in this guitar solo section of the song. Then the third vocal verse appears which contains a new set of lyrics.
The only difference here is that all of the instrumentation disappears for that final measure, even the tambourines. He makes no qualms about playing lead guitar once again and does so expertly. His piano work also appears to have been executed effortlessly but with the appropriate feeling. George Harrison is understandably proud of his contribution to the song, introducing the rhythmic feel to be used which he also carried out with much skill.
And he also could be counted on for adding that extra harmony when needed and doing so superbly. Ringo was kept quite busy on this track, adding all the needed percussion and all in perfect time, while his drumming on the rhythm track was as vibrant and alive as what we would expect from him. And although John is instrumentally missing from the song, his vocal contributions are an essential ingredient.
As heard here, he puts forward a commanding presentation. And Today " was then released on January 21st, , as an individual compact disc, both the mono and stereo versions of the album being included on a single CD. Incidentally, this release featured both the "trunk" cover and the "butcher" cover.
Sometime in , Capitol released Beatles music on a brand new but short-lived format called "Playtapes. These "Playtapes" are highly collectable today. The original stereo mix was included on this double album, while the newer stereo mix made its way on the re-mastered compact disc release as well as the newly re-mastered version released on October 19th, Even though it appeared on the above compilation album, it was also included on their June 7th, released double-album "Rock 'n' Roll Music.
American Beatles fans now had to get acclimated to hearing this track as the opening song of this album as originally intended. This new mix was also used on the re-mastered CD that came out on September 9th, Ah, what would have been! It was a natural for Paul to include the song in his solo performances and that is just what he did.
His "On The Run" tour sporadically included the song as well, this tour beginning on July 15th, and concluding on November 29th, Conclusion Fortunately for us, The Beatles were always anxious to venture into a new direction with their musicianship and songwriting. They wanted to grow. One direction in which they wanted to grow was toward the music they loved.
The American colored groups and things. Infusing a comedic slant to the lyrics was another jump into unknown territory. Song Summary Written by: