April 1969

Recording, mixing: Let It Be, You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Jeff Jarratt This session began with a lead guitar overdub onto the best take of Let It Be from the 31 January session. This solo featured on the single release, but an alternative one was used for the Let It Be.

Recording, mixing: Octopus’s Garden

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Jeff Jarratt The Beatles continued the recording of Ringo Starr‘s second-recorded composition, Octopus’s Garden, during this 7.30pm-1am session.

Recording: John And Yoko

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: John Lennon Engineer: Jeff Jarratt On 22 April 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono had recorded the track John And Yoko, which which became side two of their Wedding Album.

Recording: Oh! Darling, Octopus’s Garden

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas/The Beatles Engineer: Jeff Jarratt The Beatles began work on Ringo Starr second-recorded composition, Octopus’s Garden, taping 32 takes of the basic rhythm track.

Mixing: John And Yoko

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Jeff Jarratt On 22 April 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono had recorded the track John And Yoko, which which became side two of their Wedding Album.

Mixing: Two Of Us

Room 4, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Peter Mew A rough mono mix was created of the Let It Be song Two Of Us during this hour-long late-night session.

Recording, mixing: John And Yoko

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Jeff Jarratt Following the ceremony on the roof of Apple in which John Lennon changed his name to John Winston Ono Lennon, he and Yoko Ono recorded an experimental piece which made up the second side of their Wedding Album.

John Lennon changes his middle name to Ono

John Lennon formally changed his middle name by deed poll from Winston to Ono, during a brief ceremony held on the roof of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row, London.

Recording, mixing: I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Oh! Darling

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Jeff Jarratt Work continued on John Lennon‘s I Want You (She’s So Heavy) during this 7pm-12.45am session, which also saw the recording of the backing track for Oh! Darling.

Recording, mixing: Old Brown Shoe, I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Chris Thomas Engineer: Jeff Jarratt The Beatles finished the recording of George Harrison‘s song Old Brown Shoe on this day, and continued work on the Abbey Road song I Want You (She’s So Heavy).

Recording, mixing: Old Brown Shoe, Something

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Jeff Jarratt John Lennon and Paul McCartney had recorded The Ballad Of John And Yoko on 14 April 1969. Two days later all four members of The Beatles met at Abbey Road to record its b-side, George Harrison‘s song Old Brown Shoe.

Recording, mixing: The Ballad Of John And Yoko

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Just three days after the release of the Get Back single, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were back in the studio once again, for the recording of The Beatles’ next single The Ballad Of John And Yoko.

UK single release: Get Back

The Beatles’ 19th British single, and their first for 1969, was Get Back, with Don’t Let Me Down on the b-side.

Mixing: Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down

Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns Mono mixes of Get Back had been made at Abbey Road on 26 March 1969, in preparation for its release as a single. However, when an acetate disc was played on BBC radio on 6 April, ahead of its release, Paul McCartney decided it… Read more »