September 1968

Editing, recording, mixing: Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott Two separate sessions took place on this day, both of which saw work continue on the White Album song Happiness Is A Warm Gun.

Recording: Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles continued work on Happiness Is A Warm Gun during this 7pm-2am session. While recording the song, they used the working title Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand.

Recording: Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott One of the White Album‘s highlights, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, had its first recording session on this evening.

Recording: Piggies, Glass Onion

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The day after they recorded the backing track for Piggies, the song was completed aside from the string octet, which was added on 10 October 1968.

Recording: Piggies

Studios One and Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott Work began on Piggies during this session. It was the third George Harrison song to be recorded for the White Album.

Recording, mixing: Birthday

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott While the sessions for the White Album often found The Beatles labouring for days on individual songs, at other times they worked quickly. One example of this was Birthday, written and recorded on this day.

Recording, mixing: Helter Skelter, I Will

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles completed the recording of I Will during this session, and created the mono mix of Helter Skelter.

Recording: I Will, Glass Onion

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles began recording the White Album ballad I Will during this session.

Recording: Glass Onion

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The third recording session for Glass Onion saw further overdubs onto the rhythm track, which had been taped on 11 September 1968.

Recording: Glass Onion

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott Having recorded the rhythm track for Glass Onion during the previous day’s session, The Beatles began overdubbing onto the penultimate attempt, take 33.

Recording: Glass Onion

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles began the recording of Glass Onion, the third song on the White Album, during this 7pm-3.30am session.

Recording: Helter Skelter

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott Having recorded the backing track of Helter Skelter on the previous night, the song was completed during this 7pm-3am session with a number of further overdubs.

Recording: Helter Skelter

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles had recorded three lengthy rehearsal takes of Helter Skelter on 18 July 1968. During this 7pm-2.30am session, however, the song was transformed from a slow blues jam into the frantic cacophony heard on the White Album.

Recording: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Ken Scott This was the session in which Eric Clapton recorded his famous guitar solo onto While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Recording: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Ken Scott Two separate versions of While My Guitar Gently Weeps were worked on during this session: overdubs to the first group attempt, and a remake which eventually became the released version.