The Beatles were visited in the studio by Tony Hicks of The Hollies and David Crosby of The Byrds. Also present was Leslie Bryce, the staff photographer from The Beatles Book Monthly magazine. A report on the session appeared in its sister publication Beat Monthly.
From this we know several key details of the development of ‘Lovely Rita’. John Lennon and Paul McCartney took themselves off to a corner of Studio Two, together with Neil Aspinall and Mal Evans, and completed the song’s lyrics.
In one of Bryce’s photographs McCartney is seen holding the original lyrics sheet, which had only the opening chorus and verse. It also had Rita “filling in a ticket with her little blue pen”. Below, in Evans’ handwriting, were two more rough verses including an unused line, “Now I go to meet her”.
Once the words were complete, McCartney recorded his lead vocals. As with the previous session, this was done with the tape machine running slower – at 46.5 cycles per second rather than the usual 50 – raising the pitch and speed upon playback.
Beat Monthly reported that David Crosby assisted with the vocals, but these cannot be heard on the final version.
At the end of the session two reduction mixes was made to free up space on the tape. These were numbered takes 10 and 11, the latter of which was used for further overdubs on 7 March 1967.
Also on this day...
- 2021: Paul McCartney to publish 960-page book The Lyrics
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, Florida
- 2011: Paul McCartney to write for New York City Ballet
- 2009: Unreleased 11-minute mix of Revolution 1 surfaces
- 1986: UK album release: Live In New York City by John Lennon
- 1970: Recording, mixing: Blue Turning Grey Over You by Ringo Starr
- 1970: Mixing: Hot As Sun, Every Night by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording, tape copying: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1963: Live: Coventry Theatre, Coventry
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: YMCA, Hoylake, Wirral
- 1961: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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