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.

Three tracks of the four-track tape had been filled by the end of the previous session. On this evening, onto the fourth, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison added backing vocals while Ringo Starr played chimes.

Two reduction mixes were then made to free up new tracks. These mixes were numbered 3 and 4, with the latter being marked best. The bass, drums, piano and guitars were combined onto one track, leaving space for the clarinet overdub recorded on the following day.

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4 responses on “Recording: When I’m Sixty-Four

  1. martin gerup

    As a musician I often think of the first b-part as if some of lyrics is missing. The second b-part kicks of with the words “Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear” Intentionally or not, is there a story behind this? If someone close to the story of the recording knows of it, I’d like to hear.

    1. Jonathan

      I believe Macca had relatives in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, and he and Lennon hitch hiked down there in 1960 or there about.
      Also, see the Ticket To Ride entry as it`s been said it might have also been a play on Ticket To Ryde.

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