Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott
Seventeen takes were recorded, numbered 7-23, which saw The Beatles refining the arrangement prior to taking it to London’s Trident Studios, which had eight-track recording facilities.
George Harrison spent much of the session in the control room of Studio Two, after Paul McCartney vetoed his ‘answering’ guitar lines after each phrase in the song’s verses. This incident was mentioned during the January 1969 Get Back/Let It Be sessions, suggesting it was a source of simmering conflict between the pair.
A film crew was present in the studio, capturing footage for a documentary named Music! which was being made by the National Music Council of Great Britain. The footage shows the group working mostly on take nine, with McCartney on vocals and piano, John Lennon playing an acoustic guitar and singing, and Ringo Starr on drums.
During the session, The Beatles also played impromptu versions of ‘St Louis Blues’, which was released on the 50th anniversary White Album box set, and Ray Charles’ ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’.
The day’s final recording of ‘Hey Jude’, take 23, was given two reduction mixes to allow further overdubs. These mixes were numbered 24 and 25, and most likely featured vocals on one track and instruments on another.
A rough mix was made at the end of the session, and was taken away by George Martin for an orchestral score to be composed.
Also on this day...
- 1969: Recording, mixing: You Never Give Me Your Money, Come Together, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard, Her Majesty, The End
- 1965: Rehearsals for the North America tour
- 1964: Travel: Stockholm to London
- 1963: Recording: Money, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, It Won’t Be Long, All My Loving
- 1963: Radio: Non Stop Pop, Saturday Club
- 1963: Recording: Please Mister Postman, It Won’t Be Long
- 1962: Live: St John’s Hall, Bootle
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Blair Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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