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February Beatles Blog # 6

by David Louis

The Beatles/Ed Sullivan Anniversary is complete and , I thought, very entertaining after a slow start. It was hard not to get caught up in the moment by the end. The shot of Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl singing along with his young daughter to Yellow Submarine summed up the feeling of the night for me. Anyway, on today's date in 1967, one of the most "final notes" in history was recorded as George Martin on Harmonium and  Mal Evans, John, George, Ringo and Paul simultaneously struck an E-major cord on three pianos & increasing the volume on the fade out to lengthen the final note to almost a minute. The original idea was to have The Beatles hum the last chord but even after adding layers of vocals, it wasn't the dramatic finish they were looking for.

They got the right effect and it helped make Sargent Pepper one of the greatest.

Added silly bonus: Beatles in a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream on  British TV