December 1966

Mixing, recording: When I’m Sixty-Four, Penny Lane

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles continued work on Penny Lane on this day. This was the second session for the song, and took place from 7pm to 3am.

Mixing, editing: Strawberry Fields Forever

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick After reviewing the tapes of previous sessions, John Lennon decided that he liked both the original recording of Strawberry Fields Forever and the later remake. He asked George Martin to join them together, despite them being in different keys and tempos.

Recording: When I’m Sixty-Four

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles hadn’t worked on When I’m Sixty-Four since 8 December 1966, but turned their attentions to it once again during this 7pm-1am session.

Television: Reporting ’66

With speculation mounting about The Beatles’ future, the group appeared to take part in interviews for the UK weekly television series Reporting ’66, made by Independent Television News (ITN).

Tara Browne dies

The 21-year-old socialite Tara Browne, a friend to The Beatles and an heir to the Guinness empire, died on this day in a traffic accident. A report detailing the coroner’s verdict into his death inspired John Lennon when writing A Day In The Life.

Recording, mixing: Strawberry Fields Forever

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Following a six-day hiatus, The Beatles resumed working on Strawberry Fields Forever in a session which began at 2.30pm and ended at midnight.

Recording, mixing: Strawberry Fields Forever

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles continued working on their remake of Strawberry Fields Forever during this session, which began at 2.30pm and ended at 10pm.

Recording: Christmas radio messages, When I’m Sixty-Four

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles recorded the first song for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on this day, along with Christmas message for pirate stations Radio London and Radio Caroline.

Mixing, editing: Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas

Room 53, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Tony Barrow Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles’ fourth Christmas record, Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas, was mixed in mono and edited for release on this day, in a session which began at 9am and ended at noon.