Recording: Whispering Grass, Bye Bye Blackbird by Ringo Starr

Morgan Studios, London
Producer: George Martin

This, the penultimate session for Ringo Starr‘s debut solo album Sentimental Journey, saw two songs recorded: Whispering Grass and Bye Bye Blackbird.

The session took place from 10am at Morgan Studios, where Paul McCartney had also been working on his McCartney album.

A 36-piece orchestra was used on both songs, conducted by the arranger of each song. Firstly, Ron Goodwin led the musicians through his version of Whispering Grass, which Starr had demoed on 9 February 1970.

Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees had arranged a new version of Bye Bye Blackbird. Gibb conducted the orchestra, after which Starr overdubbed his lead vocals. The day’s work was complete by 1pm.

Bye Bye Blackbird was also recorded by Paul McCartney for his 2012 album Kisses On The Bottom.

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