The first session took place from 2-7pm. The Beatles recorded Paul McCartney’s ‘The Night Before’ in two takes plus overdubs. These included double-tracked vocals, and an electric piano part by John Lennon.
At this stage in the album’s recording process, George Harrison’s ‘You Like Me Too Much’ was likewise intended for the Help! soundtrack, although it was later moved to side two.
The song was completed in eight takes during a 7-11pm session. Track one had Harrison on acoustic guitar, Lennon on tambourine, McCartney on bass guitar, Starr on drums, and George Martin on Steinway piano.
Harrison double tracked his lead vocals, with backing from McCartney in places. Harrison then added a guitar solo, Lennon overdubbed a Hohner Pianet electric piano part, and McCartney added piano during the song’s solo and coda.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina
- 2010: National Trust considers campaign to buy Abbey Road Studios
- 2010: McCartney hopes Abbey Road can be saved after reports of an EMI sale
- 1975: US album release: Rock ‘N’ Roll by John Lennon
- 1972: Wings live: Sheffield University
- 1970: Recording, mixing: I’m A Fool To Care, Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing by Ringo Starr
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
- 1967: UK single release: Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1964: Day off in Miami
- 1963: Television: Thank Your Lucky Stars
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: St John’s Hall, Liverpool
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