Peter, Laurence, and Richard (and Bill)

It’s a Richard III weekend here! This clip is from a 1965 Granada television special, The Music of Lennon and McCartney, which featured Peter Sellers reciting the lyrics of  “A Hard Day’s Night” in the manner of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III. The Beatles had been fans of Sellers since his Goon Show days, and at their request he had presented them with their Grammy Award earlier that year. Sellers’ recitation was released as a single and actually sold pretty well.

In case you need a refresher, here’s Olivier’s version of the “Now is the winter of our discontent” speech that opens Richard III.

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