Good Day Sunshine

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"Good Day Sunshine"
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles.jpg
The 1996 US jukebox single release of the song, as the B-side to "Here, There and Everywhere"
Song by the Beatles from the album Revolver
Released 5 August 1966
Recorded 8 June 1966,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 2:09
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Revolver track listing

"Good Day Sunshine" is a song by the Beatles on the 1966 album Revolver. It was written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Leonard Bernstein praised the song for its construction in a 1967 CBS News documentary.[1] Richie Unterberger of allmusic said the song "radiates optimism and good vibes"[2] and Ian MacDonald said it is "superbly sung by McCartney and exquisitely produced by George Martin and his team" and that it shows the Beatles "at their effortless best."[3]

Recording[edit]

The song was recorded on 8 June 1966, with overdubs added the following day.[4][1] McCartney sang the lead vocal and played piano, accompanied by Ringo Starr on drums, and then overdubbed the bass guitar.[3] Music critic Ian MacDonald was unsure if John Lennon played guitar on the track;[3] in his description of the recording sessions for the song, Mark Lewisohn did not mention a guitar track.[4] Lennon and George Harrison add harmony vocals during the choruses. Lennon can be barely heard repeating "she feels good" after McCartney at 1:27. [4] George Martin played the piano solo, recorded with the tape recorder running slower than usual[4][3] and thus in the released version the solo sounds faster than it was actually played.

Like "She Said She Said" the song closes with an imitative canon in the voices.

Influences and cover versions[edit]

McCartney said that he was influenced by the Lovin' Spoonful: the song's "old-timey vaudevillian feel" particularly recalls the Spoonful's hit "Daydream", to which "Good Day Sunshine" bears some harmonic resemblance.[2]

The Tremeloes recorded a version later in 1966, their second single after parting company from Brian Poole and their first after signing with CBS, though it was not a hit. It was also included on their debut post-Poole album, Here Come The Tremeloes and several subsequent compilations.

Claudine Longet recorded a version in 1967 for her album The Look of Love and also released it as a single. The single peaked at #100 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart[5] and #36 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart.[citation needed]

Scottish singer Lulu released a version on her 1970 album Melody Fair.

McCartney re-recorded the song himself in 1984 for the soundtrack to his film, Give My Regards to Broad Street.

A cover of the song was used in the episode D.J.'s Very First Horse on the American sitcom Full House.

Cultural references[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[3]

(*) MacDonald was unsure if Lennon played guitar on the track.[3]

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