He succeeded, but the next promo film was going to go an extra mile in the bizarre direction. And of course, it had to - after all, it was the promo film for "A Day In The Life". This time they didn't bother with hiring an outside film maker like Goldman, the task went to their own man, Tony Bramwell. Bramwell had already produced several of the earlier black and white film clips for The Beatles.
On February 10, 1967, George Martin and Paul took turns to conduct the orchestra of 40 musicians for the orchestral overdubs on the song. In addition of the recording, the Beatles asked the musicians to wear full evening dress but then, additionally, don novelties. Everyone wore funny hats or some other sort of carnival novelty.
This orchestral session was filmed by NEMS Enterprises, with Tony Bramwell producing, execising as much control as he could over the seven hand-held cameras utilised for shooting this most chaotic of events. The resulting film includes shots of studio guests Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Donovan, Pattie Boyd and Michael Nesmith.
|Photographer: Denise Werneck from Brazil. February 23rd, 1967|
We don't know whether this was due to the ban on the song or not, but when the film finally surfaced on the BBC, the soundtrack was substituted with "Come Together".
The film and it's original song was finally reunited in the 1983 The Beatles At Abbey Road documentary film, when the version of "A Day In The Life" with a 'clean' intro was used, i.e. not crossfaded from "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)".