Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Barry Sheffield
On this day McCartney first recorded a guide vocal and piano part in a single take, onto which drums were overdubbed during the middle section.
From 6-9pm seven session musicians recorded parts for ‘Honey Pie’ at Trident. They were saxophonists Dennis Walton, Ronald Chamberlain, Jim Chester, Rex Morris and Harry Klein, and clarinetists Raymond Newman and David Smith.
Between 9pm and midnight a different set of musicians performed George Martin’s arrangement for ‘Martha My Dear’. They were violinists Bernard Miller, Dennis McConnell, Lou Sofier and Les Maddox; viola players Leo Birnbaum and Henry Myerscough; cellists Reginald Kilbey and Frederick Alexander, trumpeters Leon Calvert, Stanley Reynolds and Ronnie Hughes; French horn player Tony Tunstall; trombonist Ted Barker; and tuba player Alf Reece. Leon Calvert added a flugelhorn part after the main overdub had been completed. George Harrison was also in the studio, playing electric guitar.
From midnight until the session ended at 4.30am, McCartney re-recorded his vocals, also adding handclaps over the instrumental section. ‘Martha My Dear’ was completed the following day, with the addition of electric and bass guitar.
During this session, McCartney also put the finishing touches to ‘Honey Pie’. He resang the line “Now she’s hit the big time”, with the signal heavily limited to remove much of the bass and treble in his voice. The sound of vinyl surface noise was also added to give a suitable period feel.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Starlight Theater, Kansas City, Missouri
- 2011: US album release: Ocean’s Kingdom by Paul McCartney
- 2010: John Lennon’s solo remasters are released
- 1999: UK album release: Run Devil Run by Paul McCartney
- 1974: UK album release: Walls And Bridges by John Lennon
- 1974: UK single release: Whatever Gets You Thru The Night by John Lennon
- 1967: Television: The Frost Programme
- 1966: Ringo Starr joins John Lennon in Spain
- 1963: Debut appearance on Ready, Steady, Go!
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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