Recording: Because

2.30pm, Friday 1 August 1969 (44 years ago)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald

Although none of them knew it at the time, 1 August 1969 was a significant date for The Beatles: it marked the final time that all four members began recording a song together.


The song in question was Because, written by John Lennon and eventually released on side two of the Abbey Road album. The backing track was recorded during this 2.30-10.30pm session.

It took 23 attempts to perfect, and take 16 was chosen as the best. George Martin played a Baldwin electric harpsichord, Lennon was on electric guitar, Paul McCartney played bass and Ringo Starr kept time by tapping a simple rhythm on the hi-hat.

Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison then added three-part harmonies, which were overdubbed twice more on 4 August to give a total of nine voices.

Having done the backing track, John, Paul and George sang the harmony. Then we overlaid it twice more, making nine-part harmony altogether, three voices recorded three times. I was literally telling them what notes to sing.
George Martin
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

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