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.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live at Planetario Galileo Galilei, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 1969: Paul McCartney produces Mary Hopkin’s Goodbye
- 1968: Ringo Starr leaves India
- 1967: Recording: A Day In The Life, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
- 1966: The Beatles At Shea Stadium is premièred on BBC 1
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Southport
- 1962: Live: Storyville Jazz Club, Liverpool
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
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