De Lane Lea Recording Studios, London
Engineer: Dave Siddle
The Beatles recorded away from EMI Studios once again on this day, moving to the independent De Lane Lea Studios, then situated at 129 Kingsway, London.
The purpose of the session was the recording of George Harrison’s song ‘It’s All Too Much’ for the Yellow Submarine film soundtrack. Neither producer George Martin nor balance engineer Geoff Emerick were available, so the studio’s in-house engineer Dave Siddle and tape operator Mike Weighell did the honours.
Following considerable rehearsals the backing track for It’s All Too Much was recorded in four takes on this day, though at this point the song was known simply as Too Much. It featured organ, bass guitar, distorted lead guitar and drums. The session took place from 7pm-2.30am.
Also on this day...
- 2013: George Harrison memorial garden opens to public
- 2010: Paul McCartney to perform at Old Vic Theatre fundraiser
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly from the Bahamas to Toronto
- 1965: John Lennon is interviewed in Cannes
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Sheffield
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: St Thomas’ Hall, Keith, Scotland
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