Any Time At All (as made famous by The Beatles)

“Any Time at All” is a song recorded by English rock band the Beatles. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was mainly composed by John Lennon, with an instrumental middle eight by Paul McCartney.[1] It first appeared on the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night album.

In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon described the song as “An effort at writing ‘It Won’t Be Long’. Same ilk: C to A minor, C to A minor—with me shouting.”[2]

Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Any Time at All” were sold for £6,000 at an auction held at Sotheby’s in London, on 8 April 1988.[3]

Incomplete when first brought into Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday 2 June 1964,[4] Paul McCartney suggested an idea for the middle eight section based solely on chords, which was recorded with the intention of adding lyrics later. But by the time it was needed to be mixed, the middle eight was still without words and that is how it appears on the LP.[3] McCartney sings the second “Anytime at all” in each chorus because Lennon couldn’t reach the notes.[5] “Any Time at All” reprises a George Martin trick from “A Hard Day’s Night” by using a piano solo echoed lightly note-for-note on guitar by George Harrison.[6]

John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney – co-lead vocal, bass, piano
George Harrison – 12-string lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums