Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
On this day The Beatles recorded both sides of their fourth UK single, which was released on 23 August 1963.
The group began recording at 5pm at Abbey Road’s studio two, and finished at 10pm, although the session had been booked for 2.30-5.30pm. The two songs worked on were She Loves You and I’ll Get You – the latter under its working title Get You In The End.
Although documentation for the session no longer exists, it is known that The Beatles filled three reels of recording tape. The precise number of takes for each song is unknown.
I was sitting in my usual place on a high stool in studio two when John and Paul first ran through the song on their acoustic guitars, George joining in on the choruses. I thought it was great but was intrigued by the final chord, an odd sort of major sixth, with George doing the sixth and John and Paul the third and fifths, like a Glenn Miller arrangement. They were saying, ‘It’s a great chord! Nobody’s ever heard it before!’ Of course I knew that wasn’t quite true!
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
Also on this day The Beatles posed for photographs in and around the studio, for an EMI photographer.
Also on this day...
- 2018: Ringo Starr live at Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, Spain
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, Toledo, Ohio
- 2010: Paul McCartney performs at Old Vic theatre fundraiser
- 1969: Recording: You Never Give Me Your Money
- 1969: John Lennon crashes his car in Scotland
- 1968: Recording: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
- 1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono launch art exhibition You Are Here
- 1966: Live: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo
- 1965: Travel: Nice to Madrid
- 1964: Travel: Australia to England
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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