December 1969

John Lennon is interviewed for South African radio

John Lennon gave dozens of interviews towards the end of 1969, to plug Plastic Ono Band’s various activities and to further his peace campaign with Yoko Ono. On this day he spoke to Harry Flower from South African radio.

Recording: Octopus’s Garden

Room 4, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald The last Beatles-related recording session of 1969 wasn’t for a Beatles release at all. Instead it was for a television special celebrating George Martin, on which Ringo Starr had agreed to make an appearance.

Mixing: Hey Jude, Revolution

Room 4, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald This was the second day of stereo mixing for the US compilation Hey Jude, following an initial session on 2 December 1969.

Recording, mixing: Blue Turning Grey Over You by Ringo Starr

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick A demo recording of Louis Armstrong’s 1930 hit Blue Turning Grey Over You had been taped for Ringo Starr‘s debut studio album Sentimental Journey on 28 November 1969. On this day a 17-piece ensemble performed the backing track and Starr added his lead… Read more »