Apple Studios, Savile Row, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Glyn Johns
A performance of ‘Two Of Us’ was included as the opening track on the Let It Be album. The Beatles completed the song early on in the session, leaving them with time to mess around in the studio. Among the performances were numerous golden oldies, and a version of ‘Step Inside Love’, which Paul McCartney had given to Cilla Black the year before.
Various other songs were also performed during the day, including a version of ‘Lady Madonna’ featuring the lines “Lord and lady docker, in your private yacht/All the people wonder why you have such a lot”. McCartney also sang on ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, which The Beatles had played earlier in week and were clearly keen to work on further.
Most of the takes of ‘The Long And Winding Road’ were recorded after a lunchtime break. Among them was the version included on the 2003 album Let It Be… Naked. The song ‘Let It Be’ proved slightly more troublesome, with The Beatles recording a total of 22 takes, beginning with a skiffle-style one with John Lennon on lead vocals, singing the words to a different melody.
Patience began to wear thin during this part of the session, with Lennon audibly bored and interjecting mischievous lines such as “And in my hour of darkness she is standing left in front of me, squeaking turds of whisky over me”. McCartney, too, changed some of the lyrics, including a reference to “Brother Malcolm” (presumably Mal Evans), and changing “times of trouble” to “times of heartache”.
The group did eventually record a take which – with overdubs recorded at a later date – was used on both the single and album. This was the penultimate take of the day; an edit of this and the final take was used in the Let It Be film.
Performances of ‘Take This Hammer’, ‘Two Of Us’, ‘Five Feet High And Rising’, ‘Run For Your Life’, ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Let It Be’, and ‘Party’ 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The full list of songs recorded on this day, including fragments and off-the-cuff, unpublished songs with presumed titles (plus primary composer/best-known performer):
- ‘Two Of Us’ (seven versions)
- ‘Hey Good Lookin” (Hank Williams)
- ‘Take This Hammer’ (Lonnie Donegan)
- ‘Lost John’ (Lonnie Donegan)
- ‘Five Feet High And Rising’ (Johnny Cash)
- ‘Bear Cat Mama’ (Jimmie Davis)
- ‘Black Dog’ (Koerner, Ray & Glover)
- ‘Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo’ (Carl Perkins)
- ‘Run For Your Life’
- ‘Step Inside Love’ (two versions)
- ‘Friendship’ (Cole Porter)
- ‘Turkey In The Straw’ (trad)
- ‘Tales Of Frankie Rabbit’ (Drew & Dy)
- ‘’Deed I Do’ (Fred Rose/Walter Hirsch)
- ‘I Got Stung’ (Elvis Presley)
- ‘Let It Be’ (22 versions)
- ‘The Long And Winding Road’ (19 versions)
- ‘Lady Madonna’
- ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’
- ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ (The Foundations)
- ‘Party’ (Elvis Presley)
- ‘Who’s Making Love’ (Johnnie Taylor)
- ‘Twelfth Street Rag’ (Euday L Bowman)
- ‘Oh! Darling’ (two versions)
Also on this day...
- 2013: Stella McCartney creates Beatles t-shirts for Red Nose Day 2013
- 2010: The Beatles win Grammy Award for All Together Now
- 1975: UK single release: #9 Dream by John Lennon
- 1970: Ringo and Maureen fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles
- 1967: Filming: Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1963: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1963: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
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