The Beatles Song Of The Day: “No Reply”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “No Reply.” “No Reply” is the first song on The Beatles “The Beatles For Sale” album. John Lennon wrote this song probably in May 1964 while on holiday. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, rhythm guitar and handclaps/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass guitar and handclaps/ George Harrison: acoustic rhythm guitar and handclaps/ Ringo Starr: drums and handclaps/ George Martin: piano. The song was recorded on September 30th, 1964 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin. This is a downbeat opening to the new album. An outstanding John Lennon song though. A John Lennon song of betrayal and jealousy. John would later say that the song was based on a big hit from 1957, “Silhouettes” by The Rays. John would also say that he remembered their music publisher Dick James coming up to him and saying “You’re getting much better now-that was a complete story.”

Rating “No Reply” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • John would say later that he was writing this song for the American audience. The line about calling her on the phone- he said he never called a girl on the phone, that phones weren’t a part of an English child’s life.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “No Reply” at #45 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” list and Spignesi and Lewis ranked it at #68 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
  • ” No Reply” was never released as a single although they considered it. Instead they released “I Feel Fine.”
  • When the song was written they had thought of giving the song to another Brian Epstein artist Tommy Quickly but wisely decided to keep it for themselves.
  • Length of song 2:15.