John Lennon’s Mellotron is delivered to Weybridge

While The Beatles were on tour in North America, a Mellotron was delivered to Kenwood, John Lennon’s home in Weybridge, England.

Lennon had seen a Mellotron for the first time on 9 August 1965, while producing The Silkie’s version ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ at London’s IBC Studios.

The Mellotron had a range of ‘sampled’ sounds stored on magnetic tapes, which had been recorded at IBC in 1964. Lennon was intrigued and impressed with the instrument, and immediately ordered one in black.

The instrument was used on a number of recordings by The Beatles from 1966 onwards, perhaps most notably in the introduction to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

Last updated: 25 May 2010
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