Recording, mixing: Good Day Sunshine

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The recording of ‘Good Day Sunshine’, which had begun on the previous day, was completed on this day during an afternoon session.

The next day Ringo Starr added more cymbals and bass drum, and Paul McCartney simultaneously added another piano part after the line “Then we lie beneath a shady tree”. Both were recorded onto track four.

Paul McCartney's lyrics for Good Day Sunshine, 1966

George Martin added his piano solo to track two, which also contained handclaps by all four Beatles. Martin’s solo was recorded at half speed, so it sounded faster and higher upon playback.

The harmony vocals at the song’s close were recorded onto tracks one, two, and four.

Six mono mixes of ‘Good Day Sunshine’ were made at the end of the session, which finished at the relatively early time of 8pm. None of the mixes were used, however, and new ones were made on 22 June 1966.

Recording, editing: Good Day Sunshine, And Your Bird Can Sing
UK single release: Paperback Writer
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