McCartney had been arriving at the studio early each day for several mid-July 1969 sessions, in an attempt to capture a suitably raw take. He taped just one performance on each day before setting Oh! Darling aside for another day. On this afternoon, however, the final attempt was recorded.
The Beatles began by rehearsing the song a number of times, before recording seven takes of the backing track. The best, take seven, was 1'20" long, but was extended after overdubs were added at a later date.
The backing track featured guitar, bass, drums and piano. The drums were, uniquely on a Beatles recording, taped onto two tracks of the eight-track tape. Ringo Starr's drum solo changed slightly with each take.
The day ended with an hour-long playback of songs recorded so far, held in the control room of Studio Two.
Also on this day...
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, Canada
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Good Night
- 1967: The Beatles go sightseeing in Greece
- 1965: UK single release: Help!
- 1964: Live: The Night Of A Hundred Stars
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1961: Live: Blair Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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