Recording: Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard, Come Together, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald

This 12-hour session saw The Beatles begin two new songs for the Abbey Road medley, and a continuation of three others.

The day began with overdubs for Sun King/Mean Mr Mustard, the backing track for which had been taped on the previous day. Vocals, piano and organ were added, and the songs were completed on 29 July 1969.

Picture one from the Abbey Road photography session

Paul McCartney then recorded a harmony vocal part for Come Together, which was recorded onto track eight of the tape. He later expressed regret that this hadn't been recorded at the same time that John Lennon added his lead vocals.

Polythene Pam and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window had both been written in 1968 and were rehearsed during the January 1969 Get Back/Let It Be sessions.

The two songs were recorded as one on this day in 39 takes. Lennon played an acoustic 12-string guitar, McCartney was on bass, George Harrison played an electric guitar, and Ringo Starr was on drums.

Lennon and McCartney both sang guide vocals during the recordings, which were replaced with proper attempts towards the end of the session, from 10.30pm-2.30am.

Recording, mixing: Come And Get It, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard
Recording: Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
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