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Ringo Starr on the mystery 'train song' from 'A Hard Day's Night'
Ringo Starr on the mystery 'train song' from 'A Hard Day's Night'

In writing about what's being called “the train song” in the Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night,” and recent efforts to identify the musicians who recorded it, at least one reader commented, “Why doesn’t someone simply ask Paul or Ringo?” a sentiment echoed by numerous others. My response to some was “No one ‘simply’ asks a Beatle anything,” knowing from experience the hoops that must be cleared to gain access to them. I also discussed the very real prospect that Paul and/or Ringo might understandably not recollect a 42-second snippet of music they could have recorded half a century ago. But this week,...

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