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This article is about the song by the Beatles. In January 1964, during a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, the Beatles first became aware of American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, and after acquiring a copy of his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, they began playing it continuously. The first recording session for the song was on 25 February 1964 at Abbey Road Studios when three takes were attempted, but only one was complete. Take 2 was aborted when Lennon broke into hysterics over his harmonica playing.
The song was re-recorded the next day after making some changes to the arrangement. The mono and stereo versions have slightly different harmonica introductions. In the stereo version, the harmonica drops out briefly. In the UK, “I Should Have Known Better” appeared on A Hard Day’s Night and was released on 10 July 1964. It was not released as a single at that time. In 1976, it was released as a B-side to “Yesterday”. In the US, “I Should Have Known Better” was released on 13 July 1964 as the B-side to “A Hard Day’s Night” and reached No.