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Harmony on "Drive My Car" - George or John?
11 October 2012
Ed Sullivan Show
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I've always really enjoyed the harmony on this song, however, it seems to be a bit controversial - Is it John or George singing the lower harmony during the verses?


I have to say it's George singing on the lower end of his register. It does sound like it could be John, but George had the uncanny ability to sound like John at times (listen to how their voices blend on "She Said She Said").


I've been listening to the isolated vocal tracks, and the way I hear it...


- John clearly comes in on the "You can do something in between" line, while George continues to sing the low part.

- The way the lower "car" and "star" are pronounced sounds more like George than John.

- I can hear John's voice matching Paul's while George sings low.


I'm about 90% sure that it's George, but I'd like to hear your opinions.

Who sings w/ Paul during the verses of Drive My Car?

  • George(25% : 1 vote)
  • John(75% : 3 votes)
Total Voters: 4
11 October 2012
The Star-Club
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25 September 2012

(this is all guess work on my part so don't shoot me if you don't like it!)

The isolated vocal track to "Drive My Car" for those who want a quick listen.  I had trouble recognizing who was who on the harmony originally, but I always thought it was John. 

My Guess is:
John harmonizing on the verse.

At the pre-chorus and chorus it's a 3 part harmony with Paul, John, and George. (like you said).




Here at the end..

The group then overdubbed piano, lead guitar, piano and cowbell parts, along with lead vocals by Lennon and McCartney, and backing vocals by Harrison.

Does that mean when they recorded those, they were all at once, or did George do his afterwords?  Because that could possibly shed some light.  If they were separate I could see how the parts that were clearly John were recorded with Paul, and then that low harmony came later by George.  Now I am not entirely sure what to think...ahdn_paul_02


And also, if you listen closely to the isolated track I think you can hear what seems to be some George guitar work before Paul went over it with his own takes.  Right at the end of the solo when you hear that last high note, it seems earlier than in the recording.  In fact I listened to it on the released version and you can hear it as well. Also the licks at the end seem different  Hmm, maybe? 

11 October 2012
The Star-Club
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25 September 2012

Wait a minute, had a brain lapse.  They could have done them all at once and still had George on the low part.  But its odd because in the scores it says its two parts, when you hear 3 people singing...double hmmmmm.  Hope I helped somehow and didn't entirely confuse you or myself.

11 October 2012
Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
Apple rooftop
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Well, it's definitely John & Paul doing the verses. Not sure exactly who's singing what during the choruses.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
11 October 2012
The Star-Club
Forum Posts: 68
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25 September 2012

Von Bontee said
Well, it's definitely John & Paul doing the verses. Not sure exactly who's singing what during the choruses.


I think this song might be just John and Paul.

Is it possible John sung the lower harmony, and then John added an overdub on the pre-chorus where it becomes 3 parts (the higher of his two parts)?  Because "and maybe I'll love you" is double tracked, and the second one of that could be from the overdub.  The only part I could see George singing on would be the "Beep beep" parts. 


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