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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 23, 1966 (Wednesday)

Nowhere Man

John Lennon - I'd spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music... the whole damn thing, as I lay down. So letting it go is what the whole game is. You put your finger on it, it slips away, right? You know, you turn the lights on and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them.

Paul McCartney - I remember we wanted very treble-y guitars-- which they are-- they're among the most treble-y guitars I've ever heard on record. The engineer said, 'Alright, I'll put full treble on it,' and we said, 'That's not enough.' He said, 'But that's all I've got.' And we replied, 'Well, put that through another lot of faders and put full treble up on that. And if that's not enough we'll go through another lot of faders.' They said, 'We don't do that,' and we would say, 'Just try it... if it sounds crappy we'll lose it, but it might just sound good.' You'd then find, 'Oh it worked,' and they were secretly glad because they had been the engineer who put three times the allowed value of treble on a song. I think they were quietly proud of those things.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 22, 1966 (Tuesday)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 21, 1966 (Monday)

"Nowhere Man" is a song on their album Rubber Soul. The song was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon-McCartney).

Recorded on 21 and 22 October 1965, "Nowhere Man" is one of the first Beatles songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love, and marks a notable instance of Lennon's philosophically oriented songwriting. It was released as a single (although not in the United Kingdom) on 21 February 1966, and reached number 1 in Australia and Canada and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Similar to what happened a year earlier ("Eight Days a Week" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" were on Beatles for Sale but not on Beatles '65), "Nowhere Man" and "What Goes On" were not on the U.S. version of Rubber Soul (released in December around the same time as the British version), but were back-to-back on a subsequent single and later (in June) on an album (Yesterday and Today).

Lennon, McCartney, and George Harrison sing the song in three-part harmony. The song appears in the film Yellow Submarine, where the Beatles sing it about the character Jeremy Hillary Boob after meeting him in the "nowhere land".

George and John play identical "sonic blue" Fender Stratocasters—John plays in the verses and George on the solo.

Lennon claimed that he wrote the song about himself. He wrote it after racking his brain in desperation for five hours, trying to come up with another song for Rubber Soul. Lennon told  Playboy magazine:

I'd spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down.

McCartney said of the song:

That was John after a night out, with dawn coming up. I think at that point, he was a bit...wondering where he was going, and to be truthful so was I. I was starting to worry about him.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 20, 1966 (Sunday)

The Bob Dylan World Tour 1966 was a concert tour undertaken by American musician Bob Dylan, from February to May 1966. .... Hall in London saw the biggest walkouts of the tour, but there was some support, as The Beatles were in the audience, shouting down the hecklers. ... February 20, 1966, Montreal · Place des Arts 50 years ago today.....

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 19, 1966 (Saturday)

KRLA BEAT MAGAZINE

February 18, 1966 - This issue included two in-depth articles on a well-known Beatle (Ringo) and a lesser-known one (Stuart Sutcliffe), plus coverage of the Mamas and the Papas, Barbra Streisand, Chris Montez, Bob Lind, guitarist Randy Sparks, and jazzman Bud Shank, who explained that the Beatles got everything so right with their music because they didn't know what they were doing.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 18, 1966 (Friday)

The Beatles were in-between concerts. Just a fact...Yoko Ono's birthday, but she hadn't met John Lennon yet.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 17, 1966 (Thursday)

February 17, 1966 - Ringo and Maureen with John and Cynthia sampling the buffet table at the Saville Theatre after watching Brian Epstein’s directorial debut in the play, A Smashing Day, by Alan Plater at the New Arts Theatre.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 16, 1966 (Wednesday)

More Honeymoon Pics.....

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 15, 1966 (Tuesday)

"Nowhere Man" is a song by The Beatles, from their hit album Rubber Soul (the UK version - in the U.S. it was moved to the Yesterday...and Today album). It was recorded on October 21 and 22, 1965. It was released as a single (although not in the UK) on February 15 1966 and reached #1 in Canada and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 14, 1966 (Monday)

February 14, 1966 - George carrying Pattie piggy-back through the surf at Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados posing for the press during their honeymoon