The Beatles – A Day In The Life

Written by on February 22, 2018

It may be the most famous chord ever played in music.

On Feb. 22, 1967, The Beatles were in Abbey Road Studios working on their song “A Day In The Life”. For the very end of the song, they wanted something unique. They had tried to hum a single chord but that didn’t give them the sound they were looking for.

So, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatles assistant Mal Evans, sitting at three different pianos, all hit an E chord on the pianos at the same time. George Martin later overdubs the same chord on a harmonium, to get an even more lasting effect, and then the entire recording, which lasts 43 seconds, is overdubbed three times and attached to the end of the song.

The fadeout is elongated by bringing up the faders in the studio, with the result that one of the piano stools can be heard creaking during the decay.

It would be, as we said, one of the most famous chords ever played. On a side note, David Crosby of The Byrds was visiting in The Beatles in the studio that day, but they didn’t get him to contribute.

The ‘longest chord’ starts in this video about 4:20 (thought you’d like that) in.

Have any of you ever tried to do this on your own, just for fun?

The longest chord, recorded 51 years ago today.

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