Recording: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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.

George Harrison's handwritten lyrics for While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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.

Last updated: 27 June 2023
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