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The Beatles - Eight Days A Week

Updated on December 5, 2013

Eight Days a Week - The Beatles

"Eight days a Week" is a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon which was recorded in 1964 by the Beatles. It first appeared on their album "Beatles For Sale". Originally intended to be a single it was never released as such in the U.K. Due to Djs giving the song airplay from imported "Beatles For Sale" albums, it was released in the United States as a single on the 15th of February, 1965, quickly becoming a number one hit on the U.S. charts.

Table of Contents

What you will find on this lens.

  1. Eight days a Week Song Facts - Quick facts chart
  2. Eight Days A Week Origins and Notes - How Paul came up with the song title and other related song information.
  3. Eight Days a Week - Personnel - Who contributed what while the song was being recorded.
  4. Eight Days a Week Trivia Quiz Game - How much do you know about the song Eight Days a Week?
  5. Eight Days a Week Song Poll - What do you and others rate the song Eight Days a Week?
  6. Eight Days a Week Trivia Facts - Some interesting trivia about the song.
  7. Eight Days a Week Videos - Promo and other song releated videos.
  8. Beatles For Sale Album - Track listing and other album related facts.
  9. Eight days a Week Cover Videos Cover performances of Eight days a Week.
  10. Eight days a Week Guitar Instruction Videos - Learn how to play the song Eight Days a Week on guitar.
  11. Beatles Sheet Music - Beatles sheet music available at Amazon.
  12. Eight Days a Week Guestbook - Let me know what your thoughts are about the song.s

Eight days a Week Song Facts

Song Writer: Paul McCartney (70%), John Lennon (30%)

Lead Singer: John

Length: 2:43

Recorded: October 6, 1964; October 18, 1964 - Take 15

Studio: Abbey Road

Released: December 4, 1964

Album: Beatles For Sale

Single: B Side - I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

US Chart: Number 1 - 13th March 1965, 2 Weeks

UK Chart: N/A

Producer: George Martin

Listen to/Buy Beatles For Sale Album!

The Beatles - Eight Days a Week - Personnel

John Lennon - Vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, handclaps

Paul McCartney - Vocal, bass, handclaps

George Harrison - Vocal, lead guitar, handclaps

Ringo Starr - Drums, handclaps

Eight Days A Week - Origins and Notes

There are two different versions of how this song was created, but both versions give most of the writing credit to Paul. In the first version Paul was being driven home from the studio, when he conversationally asked the chauffeur how he was doing. The chauffeur replied "oh working hard, eight days a week."

In the other version, Ringo is said to have used this phrase. He was well-known by his band mates and others for using odd sayings and phrases.

The Beatles themselves did not like this song very much and never preformed it live, although they did lip-sync it on one television broadcast, "Thank Your Lucky Stars".

One very unusual feature about this song is that instead of "fading out" this song actually "fades in". Another notable fact is that although Paul was the primary writer, it is John who is the lead singer.

The band may not have particularly cared for this song but their U.S. fans certainly did. It wasn't long after its release that it became their eighth number one hit on the U.S. charts.

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The Beatles - Eight Days a Week Trivia Facts

"Eight Days A Week" is the first Beatles' song to contain a faded intro, as opposed to the norm of faded song outros.

The song was originally written as a potential title track for their next movie, "Help!".

The Beatles never performed the song "Eight days A Week" live.

According to Paul McCartney the song title "Eight days a Week" was inspired by a remark from a chauffeur who drove him to Lennon's house in Weybridge.

"Eight Days a Week" was never released as a single in the UK.

The Beatles themselves never thought highly of the song "Eight days a Week".

The Beatles - Eight Days a Week - Videos


Beatles - Beatles For Sale Facts

Released: 13 August 1965

Recorded: Abbey Road

Length: 28:43

Label: Capitol

Producer: George Martin

Track Listing

All songs credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.

Side one

"No Reply" - 2:15

"I'm a Loser" - 2:31

"Baby's in Black" - 2:02

"Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) - 2:03

"I'll Follow the Sun" - 1:46

"Mr. Moonlight" (Roy Lee Johnson) - 2:33

"Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Richard Penniman) - 2:33

Side two

"Eight Days a Week" - 2:43

"Words of Love" (Buddy Holly) - 2:12

"Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins) - 2:55

"Every Little Thing" - 2:01

"I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" - 2:33

"What You're Doing" - 2:30

"Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Rex Griffin) - 2:23

Listen to/Buy Beatles For Sale Album!

Eight days a Week Cover Videos

If you are a Beatles fan, this is a must have! Starting from the very beginning, all the way to the present. Interviews with Paul, George and Ringo (and footage of interviews with John), it really gives a personal point of view to go along with photos, images and footage of the fab four.

Eight days a Week Guitar Instruction Videos - Learn how to play Eight Days a Week on Guitar

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Eight Days a Week Guestbook - What are your thoughts about the song Eight Days a Week?

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    • MJ Martin profile image

      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      4 years ago from Washington State

      Great information on a well loved song. This really helps narrow down such a great history of a group that changed history. One song at a time, nice job!

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      6 years ago

      For me this song sounds just as great today as it did the first time I heard it!

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      7 years ago

      The BEATLES may not have thought much of this song but I did. I guwss it must have been an "American" Thing

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      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Another great song another Awesome Beatles Lens. You have done well with all these. I am working my way through them...LOL

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      8 years ago

      I certainly do enjoy the Beatles band and they are my all time favorites. Thanks for the information on fading in and fading out effects.

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      9 years ago

      Great Lens!! I should hire you as a publicist for my music ministry!!

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      10 years ago

      I'm going to be singing this one all day ... but it's still not enough to show I care! Great lens. The beatles came to New Zealand in 1964 ... I've got a wee story about it on my lens.

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love your Beatles lenses! This is one of those songs that I actually know all the words and is really fun to sing, just for fun!


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