The Beatles had completed the rhythm parts for the Sgt Pepper title track on 2 February 1967, and the song was left dormant for a month until this day. Four session musicians were brought in to play the French horn parts: James W Buck, Neil Sanders, Tony Randall and John Burden.
They didn’t really know what they wanted. I wrote out phrases for them based on what Paul McCartney was humming to us and George Martin. All four Beatles were there but only Paul took an active interest in our overdub.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
As he had done for the 9 January 1967 session for ‘Penny Lane’, John Lennon had the discussions and rehearsals recorded from the Studio Two control room. At the end of the session he took away the tape, its purpose unknown.
After the brass overdub was complete, Paul McCartney recorded lead guitar onto the song. It was then complete, bar the addition of sound effects, which were added on 6 March 1967.
The final task in the session was the creation of four mono mixes of ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. The last of these was considered the best, and was used on the Sgt Pepper album.
The session began at 7pm and finished at 2.15am on the following day.
Also on this day...
- 2021: Abbey Road street sign sells for £37,200
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
- 2009: John Lennon artworks to go on show in Edinburgh
- 1999: Recording: Honey Hush, Lonesome Town, Run Devil Run by Paul McCartney
- 1968: Ringo Starr arrives back in England
- 1966: Brian Epstein announces The Beatles’ 1966 tours
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1964: Mixing: I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, Tell Me Why, And I Love Her, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Call Your Name
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: St John’s Hall, Bootle
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