The session began at 2.30pm and ended at 10.30pm. The Beatles recorded the song in seven takes, with John Lennon on rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney playing a Rickenbacker bass, George Harrison on maracas and Ringo Starr playing drums.
Harrison then overdubbed a lead guitar part, and Lennon added harmonium. All the instruments for Doctor Robert were recorded on this day; vocals were added and mono mixes were made two days later, on 19 April 1966.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney live at Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay
- 1970: UK album release: McCartney by Paul McCartney
- 1967: Mixing: Getting Better, She’s Leaving Home, When I’m Sixty-Four, Lovely Rita
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Luton
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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