Directed by Richard Lester, A Hard Day's Night involved the band for six weeks in March-April 1964 as they played themselves in a mock-documentary. The film premiered in London and New York in July and August, respectively, and was an international success, with some critics drawing comparison with the Marx Brothers.
Capitol Records, from December 1963 when it began issuing Beatles recordings for the US market, exercised complete control over format, compiling distinct US albums from the band's recordings and issuing songs of their choosing as singles. It wasn't until Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 that a Beatles album was released with identical track listings in both the UK and the US.
Many of the key songs written for the Sgt. Pepper album, including the title track, "Fixing A Hole", and "Getting Better", were written on Paul McCartney's "magic piano": a rainbow-painted upright piano created by Dudley Edwards and Douglas Binder in October 1966 that also inspired the album's kaleidoscope aesthetic.
Sessions began with When I'm Sixty-Four, recorded in Abbey Road's Studio Two on December 6, 1966. Originally written by McCartney as a teenager, the song had been around for a while and had occasionally been performed during the Cavern Club days.
English model, photographer and author Pattie Boyd was the first wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. In August 2007, she published her autobiography Wonderful Tonight. Her photographs of Harrison and Clapton, titled Through the Eye of a Muse, have been exhibited in Dublin, Sydney, Toronto, Moscow, London, Almaty, and throughout the United States.