Recording: I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, Long Tall Sally, I Call Your Name

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The Beatles' first Sunday recording session lasted just over three hours, in which time they recorded three songs. The first was I'm Happy Just To Dance With You.

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The group recorded the rhythm track first, taking two attempts to get it right. Onto this George Harrison double-tracked his lead vocals; Ringo Starr added an Arabian drum part during the verse; and John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded backing vocals onto the final track of the four-track tape.

The second and third songs weren't included on The Beatles' forthcoming A Hard Day's Night LP, but were instead released on a standalone EP. Long Tall Sally was the EP's title track: the group recorded the Little Richard cover version in a single take, with George Martin on piano.

The final song of the day was John Lennon's I Call Your Name, which had previously been recorded by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas. The song, which The Beatles completed in seven takes, featured a shuffle rhythm during the guitar solo, which Lennon later claimed was an attempt at ska.

Of the seven takes, three were complete. The final version included an overdub of double-tracked lead vocals and cowbell, and the guitar solo, edited in from take five.

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