Nowhere ManI was just sitting, trying to think, and I thought of myself sitting there, doing nothing and going nowhere. Once I’d thought of that, it was easy, it all came out. – No, I remember now; I’d actually stopped trying to think of something. Nothing would come. I was cheesed off and went for a lie down, having given up. Then I thought of myself as Nowhere Man – sitting in this Nowhere Land.
John Lennon in 1967
The Beatles by Hunter Davies
On 21 October 1965 The Beatles entered EMI Studio Two at 2:30 PM to remake Norwegian Wood. At 7:00 PM the song was complete and they began recording John's newly-written Nowhere Man. After rehearsing for a while, they managed to record only two takes, a false start and an electric guitar rhythm track. They returned to the studio the following afternoon at 2:30 PM, rehearsed a different arrangement of the song and began recording the rhythm track once again. Takes 3-5 included John on acoustic rhythm guitar, Paul on bass and Ringo on drums. Take 4 was their best and at 7:00 PM they began overdubbing their vocals and lead guitar. Sir George Martin arranged their a cappella intro. Both John's lead vocal and Paul and George's harmony vocals were double tracked for added depth. The guitar solo was performed by both John and George in unison on their identical Sonic Blue Fender Stratocasters.
Only two songs from the British Rubber Soul album were ever performed live by The Beatles, If I Needed Someone and Nowhere Man.
24 June 1966 Circus Krone-Bau Munich, Germany
John Lennon - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1964 Gibson J-160E), Guitar solo (1961 Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster)
Paul McCartney - Bass Guitar (1963 Hofner 500/1), Harmony Vocals
George Harrison – Lead Guitar (1961 Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster), Harmony Vocals
Ringo Starr – Drums (1965 Ludwig Super Classic Black Oyster Pearl)