ABOUT THE FILM:
Hard Day's Night is a 1964 musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the English rock band the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists. The film portrays 36 hours in the lives of the group as they prepare for a television performance.
The film was a financial and critical success and was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay. Forty years after its release, Time magazine rated it as one of the 100 all-time great films. In 1997, British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a "comic fantasia with music; an enormous commercial success with the director trying every cinematic gag in the book" and awarded it a full four stars. The film is credited as being one of the most influential of all musical films, inspiring numerous spy films, the Monkees' television show and pop music videos, and various other low-budget musical film vehicles starring British pop groups, such as the Gerry and the Pacemakers film Ferry Cross the Mersey and John Boorman's vehicle for The Dave Clark Five, Catch Us If You Can.
ABOUT THE VICTOR CO. PLAYERS:
It all started when…
Eldridge Reeves Johnson & Emile Berliner partnered in 1896 to launch what would become the modern music and home entertainment industries. Out of a small Camden, New Jersey garage, their invention and development of the disk record and turntable put quality music into the homes of millions for the very first time in human history…there was only one small problem.
After several years, The Victor Talking Machine Co. found it difficult to continue to create new music (and records) for their growing business and recording catalog. Like the modern day, they needed content for their hardware! So much so, that they decided the best course of action was to simply develop projects themselves by hiring prominent musical directors and creating an entire artist and music development part of the business; the birth of the fabled A&R (Artist and Repertoire) department, designed to create an ever steady development of music and music projects for the company’s record label(s)…and subsequently, the world’s very first ‘studio band’…a collective of musicians handpicked for Victor’s musical projects - dubbed ‘The Victor Co. Players’.
The forerunner for studio bands like The Wrecking Crew, and The Funk Brothers, The Victor Co. Players would become the world’s most recorded collective and their tradition spans 100s of musicians from their formation in 1900, to the modern day where the collective remain active in Victor Music Group projects year round.
ABOUT VICTOR ENTERTAINMENT: Victor Entertainment is the division of Victor Musical Industries tasked with the development and promotion of live stage productions, and administration of Victor's showcase venue, The Victor Vault, at Victor Bldg. 19.
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