The Beatles returned after the weekend to continue recording Got To Get You Into My Life, the rhythm track of which had been completed on 8 April 1966. They also began work on George Harrison’s Indian-flavoured Love You To.
Work began at 2.30pm. The Beatles began by adding a guitar overdub to Got To Get You Into My Life, before recording three takes of the rhythm track for Love You To.
Take one of Love You To – which at this time had the working title Granny Smith – featured just Harrison on vocals and acoustic guitar, plus backing vocals by Paul McCartney. By take three the sitar had made its first appearance, and The Beatles took a break at 7pm to consider further ideas.
They reconvened at 8pm for the day’s second session, which ended at 12.45am the following morning. Takes 4-6 of the song were recorded, the last of which became the basis of the Revolver version. Harrison played a rhythm guitar part, McCartney added bass guitar, and various members of London’s Asian Music Circle recorded overdubs on Indian instruments. They included tabla by Anil Bhagwat, plus sitar, svaramandal and tambura.
The session came out of the blue. A chap called Angardi called me and asked if I was free that evening to work with George. I didn’t know who he meant – he didn’t say it was Harrison. It was only when a Rolls-Royce came to pick me up that I realised I’d be playing on a Beatles session. When I arrived at Abbey Road there were girls everywhere with Thermos flasks, cakes, sandwiches, waiting for The Beatles to come out.
George told me what he wanted and I tuned the tabla with him. He suggested I play something in the Ravi Shankar style, 16 beats, though he agreed that I should improvise. Indian music is all improvisation. I was very lucky, they put my name on the record sleeve. I’m really proud of that, they were the greatest ever and my name is on the sleeve. It was one of the most exciting times of my life.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
Between 12.45 and 1am a rough mono mix of Love You To was made in the control room of Studio Two for George Harrison to take away. The song was completed on 13 April.
Also on this day...
- 1969: UK single release: Get Back
- 1967: Paul McCartney performs with Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips
- 1965: Television: The Eamonn Andrews Show
- 1965: Live: NME Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert
- 1963: Live: Co-operative Hall, Middleton
- 1963: UK single release: From Me To You
- 1963: John Lennon sees his son Julian for the first time
- 1962: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pete Best fly to Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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