1967

Recording, mixing: Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick John Lennon purchased a poster advertising Pablo Fanques’ Fair from an antique shop while filming the promo clip for Strawberry Fields Forever on 31 January 1967. He adapted the poster’s words into a song, and on this day work began on the result:… Read more »

Recording, mixing: Good Morning Good Morning

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles left their usual surroundings of Studio Two for the smaller Studio Three for this session, which saw vocals and bass guitar overdubbed onto the rhythm track of Good Morning Good Morning.

Recording, mixing: Only A Northern Song

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Work continued on George Harrison‘s Only A Northern Song during this session, which began at 7pm and ended at 12.30am.

Recording, mixing: A Day In The Life, Only A Northern Song

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Although it never appeared on the album, the first song by George Harrison recorded for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was Only A Northern Song. It was eventually released in January 1969 on the soundtrack for the Yellow Submarine film.

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick One of the most significant Beatles recording sessions took place on this day: the orchestral overdubs for A Day In The Life.

Recording: Fixing A Hole

Regent Sound Studio, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Adrian Ibbetson This was The Beatles’ first EMI recording session to take place in a British studio other than Abbey Road. The studios there were all booked on this day, so the group decamped to Regent Sound Studio at 164-166 Tottenham Court Road, London.

Recording: Good Morning Good Morning

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles recorded eight takes of the rhythm track for the Sgt Pepper song Good Morning Good Morning on this evening, in a session which began at 7pm and ended at 2.15am the following morning.

Filming: Penny Lane

The Beatles completed their work on the promo clip for Penny Lane on this day. It was a second part of a two-day shoot, which had begun two days previously.

Filming: Penny Lane

The Beatles began making the promo film for Penny Lane on this day. It was a two-day shoot, completed two days later.

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Further overdubs were added onto A Day In The Life during this session, which began at 7pm and finished at 1.15am the following morning. Each of them involved replacing previously-recorded parts.

Recording: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Paul McCartney had the idea for Sgt Pepper during a flight from Kenya to England in November 1966. On this day they began recording the title song.

Filming: Strawberry Fields Forever

The second day of filming for the Strawberry Fields Forever promotional clip took place on this day at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Mixing: A Day In The Life

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick A rough mono mix of A Day In The Life was made in the control room of Studio Three on this day. It was for demo purposes and wasn’t intended for release, as recording wasn’t yet complete on the song.

Filming: Strawberry Fields Forever

Having decided that their next single would be the double a-side Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, The Beatles took part in promotional films. Work began on this day in Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Mixing: Penny Lane

Studio One (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The recording of Penny Lane had finished on 17 January 1967, but work wasn’t completed to The Beatles’ satisfaction until this day.

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick This second session for A Day In The Life began with three reduction mixes to reduce four tracks down to two. Afterwards the rhythm parts were on track one and the vocals, double tracked at times, and occasional piano onto track two.