Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott
The Beatles worked on eight White Album songs during this 7pm-7.30am session, which also saw the completion of the recording of ‘Savoy Truffle’.
Ringo Starr was not present for the session, as on this morning he and his family flew to Sardinia for a two-week holiday. He played no further part in the mixing and sequencing of the album.
The day’s first task was the creation of stereo mixes of ‘I Will’ and ‘Birthday’, both of which were made in a single attempt. The final recordings for the album were then made. Chris Thomas played electric piano and organ, George Harrison added lead guitar, and tambourine and bongos were all added to ‘Savoy Truffle’.
The song was then mixed six times in mono, followed by two apiece of Harrison’s other songs ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Long, Long, Long’.
Stereo mixes of ‘Savoy Truffle’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Yer Blues’, ‘Sexy Sadie’, and ‘What’s The New Mary Jane’ were the last task of this long night. The last of these was evidently still being considered for inclusion on the White Album, but in the course of the next few days it was decided to omit it from the running order.
Also on this day...
- 2017: Ringo Starr live: Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Brandt Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
- 2013: UK album release: New by Paul McCartney
- 2011: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell honeymoon in Mustique
- 2009: Liverpool considers Beatles Trail of iconic locations
- 2009: The Beatles’ Box Of Vision gets UK and European release
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Manchester
- 1964: Television: Scene At 6.30
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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