Apple Studios, Savile Row, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Glyn Johns
A considerable time was spent discussing the live performance, with only George Harrison resistant to the idea. The other Beatles were all on board with the plans, with arrangement put in place by the film crew and studio staff.
Instead, they spent most of the day working on other songs. These included versions of ‘Two Of Us’, ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Let It Be’, plus others which didn’t make it to the Let It Be album.
The Beatles tackled a number of Harrison’s songs, perhaps hoping that one would be suitable for inclusion in the film. The album version of ‘For You Blue’ had been taped on 25 January, but three more takes were performed on this day. Also played were ‘Something’, ‘All Things Must Pass’, ‘Let It Down’, and ‘Old Brown Shoe’, although none sounded like polished versions ready for release.
Requiring work was ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, destined for inclusion on Abbey Road. The Beatles and Billy Preston had first jammed the song on the previous day, and evidently thought it worth continuing with.
Also returned to was ‘Dig It’, although the album recording was from 26 January. This day’s version had Lennon singing a list of some of the key songs played during the sessions, most of which made it to the Let It Be album.
Come on and dig it… dig it every night and day… dig it any time of day. You can dig it for breakfast, dig it for your tea. You can dig it in the morning, dig it for dinner, any day… ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘Get Back’, ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, ‘Two Of Us’, ‘All I Want Is You’, ‘Teddy Boy’, ‘One After 909’, ‘All Things Must Pass’, ‘Dig It’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘For You Blue’, ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’…
The final part of the session was mostly devoted to cover versions. Among them was Buddy Holly’s ‘Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues’, which was heavily edited and included on Anthology 3. The Beatles also played ‘Besame Mucho’, as seen in the Let It Be film.
Performances of ‘Dig It’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, and ‘Two Of Us’ from this day appeared in part three of the 2021 documentary Get Back.
The full list of songs recorded on this day, including fragments and off-the-cuff, unpublished songs with presumed titles (plus primary composer/best-known performer):
- ‘Singing The Blues’ (Guy Mitchell; five versions)
- ‘Rule Britannia’ (trad)
- ‘I Walk The Line’ (Johnny Cash)
- ‘Dig A Pony’
- ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’
- ‘Don’t Let Me Down’
- ‘Get Back’
- ‘One After 909’ (three versions)
- ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’ (three versions)
- ‘Two Of Us’ (three versions)
- ‘Let It Be’
- ‘The Long And Winding Road’ (two versions)
- ‘For You Blue’ (three versions)
- ‘Something’ (two versions)
- ‘All Things Must Pass’ (Harrison; four versions)
- ‘Let It Down’ (Harrison; four versions)
- ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ (two versions)
- ‘Sexy Sadie’
- ‘Old Brown Shoe’
- ‘Dig It’
- ‘Besame Mucho’ (Consuelo Velázquez)
- ‘Three Cool Cats’ (The Coasters)
- ‘I Got To Find My Baby’
- ‘Some Other Guy’ (Richard Barrett)
- ‘Honky Tonk’ (Bill Doggett)
- ‘Vacation Time’ (Chuck Berry)
- ‘Cannonball’ (Duane Eddy)
- ‘Not Fade Away’ (Buddy Holly)
- ‘Hey Little Girl (In The High School Sweater)’ (Dee Clark)
- ‘Bo Diddley’ (Bo Diddley)
- ‘Maybe Baby’ (Buddy Holly)
- ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ (Buddy Holly)
- ‘Thinking Of Linking’ (Lennon-McCartney)
- ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ (Buddy Holly)
- ‘Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues’ (Buddy Holly)
- ‘Teddy Boy’ (McCartney)
- ‘Bring Your Own Band’ (McCartney)
- ‘Lotta Lovin” (Gene Vincent)
- ‘Sorry Miss Molly’* (McCartney)
- ‘Also’* (McCartney)
- ‘She Gets Heavy’* (Lennon)
* presumed title.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr album Postcards From Paradise announced
- 1970: Ringo Starr attends the US première of The Magic Christian in Los Angeles
- 1965: Ringo Starr is photographed by Richard Avedon
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1964: Recording: Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, Sie Liebt Dich, Can’t Buy Me Love
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
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