Recording, mixing: Night And Day by Ringo Starr

2.30pm, Monday 27 October 1969 (44 years ago)

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin

Ringo Starr began recording his first studio album, Sentimental Journey, on this day. He recorded Night And Day in two sessions, with George Martin producing.

Night And Day was written by Cole Porter, and had been a 1937 hit for Tommy Dorsey. Starr’s version had an arrangement by Chico O’Farrill and was conducted by Martin.

In the first session, which took place from 2.30-5pm, the orchestra recorded the backing track. The 17-strong band featured saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar, piano and drums.

Following a two-hour break for dinner, Starr added his lead vocals in the evening session from 7-9.30pm. With recording complete, Night And Day was mixed into stereo between 9.30 and 10.45pm.

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