Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott
Three takes of the backing track were recorded, followed by overdubs. By the close of the session The Fool On The Hill featured two pianos, drums, acoustic guitar, recorders and lead vocals.
A reduction mix, numbered take four, was also made. A mono mix was made towards the end of the session, which drew to a close at 3am. The work in progress can be heard on 1996’s Anthology 2.
Also present at the session were two Japanese journalists: reporter Rumiko Hoshika and photographer Koh Hasebe from the magazine Music Life. A number of photographs of The Beatles at work were subsequently published, and rehearsals of the song and interviews were also recorded.
This is believed to be the first Beatles recording session attended by Yoko Ono. She was photographed on the day talking to her future husband John Lennon.
Also on this day...
- 2009: Olivia Harrison wins Friar Park fence battle
- 1969: Recording: Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band
- 1969: Paul and Linda McCartney attend the UK première of Midnight Cowboy
- 1969: Mixing: Live Peace In Toronto 1969 by Plastic Ono Band
- 1968: Editing, recording, mixing: Happiness Is A Warm Gun
- 1967: Editing: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1965: The Beatles’ cartoon series begins in the United States
- 1962: Live: Heswall Jazz Club, Wirral
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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