Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Phil McDonald
The Beatles had enjoyed separate holidays during much of June 1969, meaning work temporarily ended on the Abbey Road album. It resumed on this day, however, with further overdubs onto ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’.
The early sessions for Abbey Road had been somewhat haphazard, taking place in a variety of studios with different producers and engineers. This session, which took place from 3-7.30pm, marked the beginning of more focused work, with George Martin back in the producer’s role.
Let It Be was a miserable experience and I never thought that we would get back together again. So I was very surprised when Paul rang me up and said ‘We want to make another record. Will you produce it for us, really produce it?’ I said ‘Yes, if I am really allowed to produce it. If I have to go back and accept a lot of instructions which I don’t like I won’t do it.’ It was really good, even though the boys tended to do their own items, sometimes in different studios at the same time and I had to be dashing from one place to another.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
Paul McCartney was the only Beatle present on this day; John Lennon would have been unable to attend had he wished to, as this was the day he was hospitalised after crashing his car in Scotland.
The backing for ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ had been recorded at Olympic Sound Studios on 6 May 1969. On this day McCartney overdubbed his lead vocals onto track four of the eight-track tape.
Also on this day...
- 2018: Ringo Starr live: Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, Spain
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, Toledo, Ohio
- 2010: Paul McCartney performs at Old Vic theatre fundraiser
- 1969: John Lennon crashes his car in Scotland
- 1968: Recording: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
- 1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono launch art exhibition You Are Here
- 1966: Live: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo
- 1965: Travel: Nice to Madrid
- 1964: Travel: Australia to England
- 1963: Recording: She Loves You, I’ll Get You
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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