Overdubs were added to two Abbey Road songs during this 2.30-9.30pm recording session.
The bulk of this session, however, was devoted to Come Together. John Lennon re-recorded his lead vocals onto track four, electric piano was added to track five, and electric guitar and maracas were taped onto six.
Initially, Paul played the electric piano part, but John kind of looked over his shoulder and studied what he was playing. When it came time to record it, John played the electric piano instead of Paul. Paul might have been miffed, but I think he was more upset about not singing on the choruses – John did his own backing vocals.
In 1970 McCartney confirmed that he wanted to sing with Lennon during the session.
Even on Abbey Road we don't do harmonies like we used to. I think it's sad. On Come Together I would have liked to sing harmony with John and I think he would have liked me to but I was too embarrassed to ask him and I don't work to the best of my abilities in that situation.
Evening Standard newspaper, 1970
Also on this day...
- 1968: Recording: A Beginning, Good Night
- 1967: John Lennon and Paul McCartney travel to Greece
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Holyoake Hall, Liverpool
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