Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
The day began at 10am in the control room of Studio Two. Working until 1pm, mono mixes were made of Ticket To Ride, Another Girl, I Need You and Yes It Is, the last of which was to be The Beatles' next single b-side.
After a break they began recording from 3.30-5.15. The Beatles recorded nine takes of John Lennon's You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, one of the highlights of the Help! soundtrack. Only two of the takes were complete.
The song was The Beatles' first since Love Me Do to feature a session musician. Flautist Johnnie Scott first recorded an alto flute part, then added an overdub on a tenor flute. Scott was paid £6 for his contribution, but received no credit on the album sleeve.
The Beatles recorded two more songs between 6 and 10pm. The first was If You've Got Trouble, written by Lennon-McCartney for Ringo Starr to sing. Just one take was recorded, with overdubs of double-tracked vocals and guitar solo by George Harrison. However, the song was evidently deemed to be of insufficient quality for the soundtrack, and its first official release wasn't until 1996.
The last song of the night proved more enduring. Tell Me What You See was recorded in four takes, with Lennon on electric guitar, McCartney on bass, Harrison playing a güiro and Starr on drums.
Overdubs of vocals, shared by Lennon and McCartney, were also added, along with tambourine by Lennon, claves played by Starr, and additonal harmony vocals and a Hohner Pianet electric piano part by McCartney.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live at Sunrise Theater, Fort Pierce, FL, USA
- 1970: Recording, mixing: It Don’t Come Easy by Ringo Starr
- 1970: Recording, mixing: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Let The Rest Of The World Go By by Ringo Starr
- 1965: Northern Songs is floated on the stock exchange
- 1964: The Beatles meet Cassius Clay
- 1963: Live: Queen’s Hall, Widnes
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1933: Yoko Ono is born
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