The session began at 7pm, and finished at 12.15am the following morning. This was The Beatles’ first recording session to finish after midnight, although such an occurrence would soon become commonplace.
‘Drive My Car’ was recorded in four attempts, the last of which was the only complete take. The rhythm track featured John Lennon on tambourine, Paul McCartney on bass guitar, George Harrison on Fender Stratocaster, and Ringo Starr on drums.
A number of overdubs were subsequently added. The first was of lead vocals by Lennon and McCartney and backing vocals by Harrison. The third track contained Lennon’s double tracked vocals for the “And maybe I’ll love you” and “beep beep, beep beep, yeah” lines.
Track four contained the finishing touches: McCartney’s lead guitar during the intro, solo and coda, cowbell by Starr, and Lennon’s piano part during the choruses.
Also on this day...
- 2017: Ringo Starr live: Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas
- 2015: Paul McCartney live: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Canada
- 2014: Paul McCartney live: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
- 2008: PS I don’t love you: Ringo tells fans to stop writing
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Julia, Dear Prudence, Wild Honey Pie, Back In The USSR, Blackbird
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Wigan
- 1963: Beatlemania begins: Sunday Night At The London Palladium
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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