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On this day in 1975: “#9 Dream” was issued as a single in the UK .

#9 Dream” is a song written by John Lennon and first issued on his 1974 album Walls and Bridges. It was released as the second single from that album months later, on Apple Records catalogue Apple 1878 in the United States and Apple R6003 in the United Kingdom. Fittingly, it peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it hit number 23 on the British singles chart. A video for the song was made in 2003.

“#9 Dream” came to Lennon in a dream. Lennon has said that the song was just “churned out” with “no inspiration.”

That’s what I call craftsmanship writing, meaning, you know, I just churned that out. I’m not putting it down, it’s just what it is, but I just sat down and wrote it, you know, with no real inspiration, based on a dream I’d had.

— John Lennon, 1980, BBC

According to May Pang’s website, two working titles for the song were “So Long Ago” and “Walls & Bridges”. Pang also states that the phrase repeated in the chorus, “Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé”, came to Lennon in a dream and has no specific meaning.Pang added that Al Coury of Capitol Records initially protested against the use of the word “pussy” in the chorus, but after Lori Burton, the wife of studio engineer Roy Cicala, suggested that it should be sung as “poussé,” as if in a foreign language, the lyrics were kept.

The song was notable as a favourite of Lennon’s, despite his later claim that the song was a “throwaway.” Pang said on the matter, “This was one of John’s favorite songs, because it literally came to him in a dream. He woke up and wrote down those words along with the melody. He had no idea what it meant, but he thought it sounded beautiful.”

Lennon liked the string arrangement he wrote for Harry Nilsson’s rendition of “Many Rivers to Cross,” originally by Jimmy Cliff, from the album Pussy Cats so much that he decided to incorporate it into the song. The backing vocal is provided by May Pang, Lennon’s partner at the time. Lennon wrote and arranged the song around his dream, hence the title and atmospheric, dreamlike feel, including the use of cellos in the chorus. The song is also much more heavily produced than most songs that Lennon produced.

The song was tracked at the Record Plant in New York City on 23 July 1974, under the working title “Walls And Bridges”. Pang added her dreamy “John” overdub on 26 August 1974. It peaked, coincidentally, at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, also peaking at number 10 on the Cashbox Top 100 in the US.It also charted at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart and number 35 in Canada.

The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:

  • John Lennon – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • The 44th Street Fairies: Lennon, May Pang, Lori Burton, Joey Dambra – backing vocals
  • Ken Ascher – clavinet
  • Jesse Ed Davis – guitar
  • Nicky Hopkins – electric piano
  • Arthur Jenkins – percussion
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Bobby Keys – saxophone
  • Eddie Mottau – acoustic guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass guitar



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George joins the Quarrymen.

Lunch at the Decca’s session executive club on Albert Enbankment, of Brian, Dick Rowe and Beecher Stevens; Rowe and Stevens communicate Brian Decca’s rejection.

Concert at the Granada, Bedford (Helen Shapiro tour).

Tickets for the Ed Sullivan Show sell out.

Beatles ’65 number 1, fifth week (US Billboard).

Rolling Stones II replaces Beatles For Sale as number 1 (UK Record Retailer).

It is announced that the Beatles have signed contracts with EMI until 1976.

Studio 1. 2:30-8:00pm. Tape copying: “The Inner Light” (of take 5, numbered take 6). Recording: “The Inner Light” (overdub onto take 6). Mono mixing: “The Inner Light” (remix 1, from take 6). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Jerry Boys.Recording of George vocal for “The Inner Light”.
About 6:30pm. Harry Klein is contacted at home for the “Lady Madonna” session.
8:00-9:00pm. Ringo appears on Cilla Black’s live programme “Cilla”, at the BBC Television Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush, London. The recording session is interrupted to see the show.
Studio 1. 9:00pm-2:00am. Recording: “Lady Madonna” (tape reduction take 3 into take 4, overdub onto take 4, tape reduction take 4 into take 5, overdub onto take 5). Mono mixing: “Lady Madonna” (remixes 1, 2, from take 5). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Jerry Boys.
Recording of vocal brass impersonation and brasses for “Lady Madonna”.
Royal Garden Hotel, London. Paul participates in a press conference announcing the Leicester University’s art festival.

UK single release: “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”/”Who Has Seen The Wind”.

All Things Must Pass number 1 (UK Record Retailer).
All Things Must Pass number 1, sixth week (US Billboard).

“My Sweet Lord” number 1, second week (UK Record Retailer).

UK single release: “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)”/”Maya Love” (Apple R 6012).

BBC Books publishes “The Lennon Tapes”, the transcript of John’s conversation with Andy Peebles from Dec. 6, 1980.
US single release: “Walking On Thin Ice”/”It Happened” (Geffen 49683), by Yoko. The A-side featured John on guitar.
George, Paul and Ringo record “All Those Years Ago,” a tribute to John Lennon.

ABC-TV show “Good Morning America” begins a four day celebratory look back at the Beatles first trip to America.

Mill Studios in Sussex: Paul, George and Ringo begin work on “Real Love”.

At the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Yoko’s art exhibition “Have You Seen The Horizon Lately” is on display.

In Tampa, Florida, the exhibition of Linda’s pictures entitled “Sixties” is on display at the Tampa Museum of Art.


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“I Want To Hold Your Hand” number 1, fourth week (UK Record Retailer).

“Beatles Christmas Show”, at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

Beatles For Sale number 1, 3rd week (UK Record Retailer).

“I Feel Fine” number 1, 2nd week (US Billboard).

“Another Beatles Christmas Show” at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

Studio 2 (control room only). 2:30-4:00pm. Tape copying: “When I’m Sixty-Four” (of remix mono 8); “Strawberry Fields Forever” (of remix mono 12). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald. Copies of “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” for the US.

Ringo and Maureen fly home to Liverpool to visit family with sons Zak and Jason, and her poodle Tiger.

Meeting at Twickenham Film Studios to begin rehearsals of new songs for an (eventual) TV live show, for worldwide transmision. The rehearsals are filmed. Start of “Let It Be” shooting. 1st session of Glyn Johns as Beatles engineer.

Ray Coleman interviews John about problems in Apple.

At the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, West Germany, the exhibition of Yoko’s work “Happening And Fluxus” is shown.

All Thing Must Pass nº 1, 1st week (US Billboard)/”My Sweet Lord” nº 1, second week (US Billboard)

Judge Richard Owen, of the US District Court, allows John and his lawyer access to the process of deportation against him, under certain conditions.

In Los Angeles, an exhibition of Linda’s photographs is on display at the Jan Baum and Iris Silverman Gallery.

UK premiere of Ringo’s US TV special “Ringo”.

In Los Angeles, the Linda exhibition “Photographs” is displayed at the Molly Barnes Gallery.

The “Beatle City” exhibition runs at the West End marketplace in Dallas, Texas.

Paul’s performs in concert at the NEC International Arena, Birmingham (“Get Back Tour”).

At the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Yoko’s art exhibition “Have You Seen The Horizon Lately” is on display.

In Washington, D.C., an exhibition of Beatles photographs taken by Harry Benson is on display at the Govinda Gallery.

In Tampa, Florida, the exhibition of Linda’s pictures entitled “Sixties” is on display at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Cristin Keleher, who once broke into George Harrison’s Hawaii home, was found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in California, aged 34.


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25 July

Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Bluegenes, and others.

Test session of Cilla Black for EMI.

Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare








‘A Hard Day’s Night’ LP number 1, replacing ‘Rolling Stones’ LP (UK Record Retailer chart).
Billboard comments that ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ LP has already sold enough copies to cover all the films costs. A record in the subject.

Studio 4. BBC Television Centre, London. George appears on BBC-TV’s ‘Juke Box Jury’. Broadcast live.
Studio 4. BBC Television Centre, London. Ringo films appearance on BBC-TV’s ‘Juke Box Jury’.

Cilla Black begins 3 weeks of performances at the Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, New York.
Epstein flies to New York to attend Cilla’s debut.

Brian writes to Nat Weiss. Subjects: Brian’s father recent death, the Beatles, including their project to buy a Greek island, and his next trip to New York (a trip he never took—it was planned for 2 September 1967).

Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.15am. Recording: ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (take 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Ken Scott; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of acoustic demo for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

Studio 2. 2.30pm-2.30am. Recording: ‘Here Comes The Sun-King’ (working title of ‘Sun King’/’Mean Mr Mustard’) (overdub onto take 35); ‘Come Together’ (overdub onto take 9); ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (takes 1-39). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
10.30pm-2.30am. Re-recording of bass and drums, and recording of lead vocal for ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’.

‘Live Peace In Toronto’, 29th week in the ranking (Billboard).

Magazine ‘Record World’ publishes that the incorporation of Ono Music Ltd., to publish Yoko’s music, is false.

In Kassel, West Germany, Yoko’s exhibition “Documenta 5” continues.

George pays taxes amounting to £1 million in relation to the concert for Bangla Desh.

Filming of the mockumentary of the Rutles.

At the Sweet Silence Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark. Recording: either of: “On The Rebound”; “She’s So In Love”; “As Far As We Can Go”; “One Way Love Affair”. Producer: Russ Ballard; Engineer: David De Vore.

“Stars On 45 Medley” number 1, 8th week (Canadian RPM magazine).

In London, Paul, George and Ringo are seen together in the bar of the Gore Hotel in Queen’s Gate, Kensington.

New York’s Museum of Broadcasting showcase Beatles achieve clips documentary “The Beatles Early Days” and several other films from the museum’s personal collection, including the “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances and excerpts from their Washington, D.C. concert on February 11, 1964.

Abbey Road’s Number Two studio presents “The Beatles At Abbey Road”, 3 times a day.

Linda’s “Photographs” exhibition is shown at the Barry Stern galleries in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia.

The “Art Of The Beatles” Exhibition, portraying 30 years of the group in the form of cartoons, paintings, photographs, album covers, lithographs and sculptures, continues.

In the UK, CBS/Fox release “Give My Regards To Broad Street” on home video.

Ringo and his All-Starr Band concert at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Illinois (“North American Tour”).












In London, George and Olivia attend a special screening of the Handmade film “How To Get Ahead In Advertising” at the Lumiere Cinema.

In Foxboro, Massachusetts, Paul and his band take a break in the tour to film additional scenes for the concert movie “Get Back”.

“Instant Karma” number 15 (Dutch Top 40).

Ringo and his All-Starr Band perform at Warwick Musical Theater, Warwick, Rhode Island (“North America Tour”).

George and his son, Dhani, attend the Ravi Shankar performance at the Womad Festival concert in Reading.

Ringo makes a live appearance on the BBC Radio 2 program “The Steve Wright Show”.

Paul’s art exhibition at the Kunstforum Lyz in Hamburg with 75 of his 500 private paintings.

An exhibition by Cynthia Lennon and Phyllis McKenzie at the KDK Gallery in London continues.

The photo exhibition entitled “Linda McCartney’s Sixties” continues at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.


Ringo and his All-Starr Band perform at Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN.

Paul’s former wife, Heather Mills, told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and Paul split up.

The exhibit Linda McCartney retrospective is displayed at the Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna, Austria. The new exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Linda McCartney’s work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs.