August 1968

Recording, mixing: Dear Prudence

Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Barry Sheffield The Beatles completed the recording of Dear Prudence during this 5-11pm session, which took place at Trident Studios, an eight-track facility in London’s Soho.

UK single release: Hey Jude

The Beatles second – and final – UK single of 1968 was an all-time classic. Hey Jude, with Revolution on the b-side, was also the group’s first on their Apple label.

Recording: Dear Prudence

Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Barry Sheffield This was the second session at London’s Trident Studios for the White Album song Dear Prudence, recording for which had begun the previous day.

Recording: Dear Prudence

Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Barry Sheffield The Beatles returned to Trident Studios in London’s Soho district, where they had previously recorded the song Hey Jude on this day to begin work on the White Album song Dear Prudence.

Tape copying: Revolution 9

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Ken Scott With Ringo Starr having left The Beatles, albeit temporarily, the work schedule for the White Album slowed somewhat towards the end of August 1968.

US single release: Hey Jude

One of The Beatles’ most successful singles, Hey Jude/Revolution was issued in the US on this day. It was also the group’s first on their Apple label, and had the catalog number Apple 2276.

Recording, mixing: Back In The USSR

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott The day after Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles, the rest of the group continued work on the White Album song Back In The USSR.

Recording: Back In The USSR

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott This session, which lasted from 7pm to 4.45am, was most notable for being the day that Ringo Starr quit The Beatles. This took place during rehearsals for the White Album song Back In The USSR.

Ringo Starr quits The Beatles

Tensions had been building within The Beatles for some time during the recording of the White Album. On this day matters came to a head, and Ringo Starr left the group.

Recording, mixing: Sexy Sadie

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles finally completed recording Sexy Sadie during this session, which lasted from 7.30pm until 7.15am the following morning.

Recording: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles returned to George Harrison‘s While My Guitar Gently Weeps during this session, following an earlier attempt on 25 July 1968.

Recording, mixing: Rocky Raccoon

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles rehearsed, recorded and completed a song during a single session on this day. It was an unusual feat for the group in 1968.

Recording, editing: Sexy Sadie, Yer Blues

Studio Two and annexe, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott Following unproductive first sessions on 19 and 24 July 1968, The Beatles finally recorded a satisfactory arrangement of Sexy Sadie during this session.