Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Engineer: Ken Scott
George Harrison’s song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ was completed on this day.
Harrison overdubbed organ and two lead vocals, Paul McCartney added vocal harmonies and a distorted bass guitar part, and Ringo Starr played tambourine and castanets.
Mono and stereo mixes were made on 7 October, but these were improved upon on 14 October.
For many years it was believed that this was the recording session in which Eric Clapton overdubbed his lead guitar solo. This was incorrect, and in fact Clapton played live with The Beatles on each of the takes recorded the previous day.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Ringo’s Beatles debut venue burns down
- 1968: Television: Paul McCartney and Mary Hopkin filmed for Magpie
- 1967: Recording, mixing: I Am The Walrus, The Fool On The Hill, Blue Jay Way
- 1966: John Lennon begins wearing ‘granny’ glasses
- 1964: Live: Olympia Stadium, Detroit
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Luton
- 1963: UK EP release: The Beatles’ Hits
- 1962: Live: Rialto Ballroom, Liverpool
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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I’ve read that Eric Clapton gave George Harrison the Gibson Les Paul guitar in August 1968 (not the other way around) about a month before the “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” recording session. I’ve also read that the guitar was given to George shortly after this recording session. Could anyone definitely confirm which is accurate? I’ve also read differing accounts on who played the high-pitched organ notes in this song. Was it John during a previous recording session (since he wasn’t in attendance on this night) or George?
Thanks in advance!
I think it’s recorded on the Beatles-owned Gibson SG with a maestro vibrola. If you listen to the isolated guitar track available on YouTube, you clearly hear the vibrato bar in 3:05, 3:50 and the outro. You can hear the banging noise from the bar. The overall sound isn’t that of a Les Paul, in my opinion.