Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Feel Fine

"I Feel Fine" was written by Lennon during a recording session and, according to Lennon, was musically constructed around the opening guitar riff. The feedback was accidental, but Lennon and the other Beatles liked it and kept it on the track. In a very real sense, the feedback has become the song's signature, instantly recognizable. The song was recorded at Abbey Road on October 18, 1964. It was released in the UK as a single on November 27, 1964, where it entered the charts as number one, where it remained for six weeks. It sold more than a million copies before the end of the year. It was released in the US on November 23, 1964 and was included on the Capital LP Beatles '65. The song was performed live on tour from 1964 to 1966. It was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 12, 1965.

Lennon does the lead vocal, with McCartney and Harrison providing backing vocals. Lennon and Harrison share lead guitar for "I Feel Fine," with Harrison doing the middle lead, and Lennon doing the opening riff on various frets throughout the song, with some slight variation along the way. McCartney plays bass, Starr the drum.

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