On April 13th 1965, the Beatles recorded ‘Help!’ in Studio 2 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. As with their first film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, The title of the film was chosen first, and the Beatles had to come up with a song with that title. The task could have been more difficult, if the original title ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ hadn’t been rejected!
‘Help!’ was almost entirely written by John, who meant it as a cry for help, but at the time, it was just seen as another song. It was recorded in a four hour evening session, ending at 11pm. The Beatles resumed filming ‘Help!’ early next morning!