Although none of them knew it at the time, 1 August 1969 was a significant date for The Beatles: it marked the final time that all four members began recording a song together.
It took 23 attempts to perfect, and take 16 was chosen as the best. George Martin played a Baldwin electric harpsichord, Lennon was on electric guitar, Paul McCartney played bass and Ringo Starr kept time by tapping a simple rhythm on the hi-hat.
Having done the backing track, John, Paul and George sang the harmony. Then we overlaid it twice more, making nine-part harmony altogether, three voices recorded three times. I was literally telling them what notes to sing.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
Also on this day...
- 2011: Paul McCartney live at Wrigley Field, Chicago
- 2009: Paul McCartney live at FedEx Field, Washington
- 1971: Live: The Concert For Bangla Desh
- 1968: Recording: Hey Jude
- 1967: George and Pattie Harrison fly to Los Angeles
- 1966: Interview: David Frost At The Phonograph
- 1965: Television: Blackpool Night Out
- 1963: Radio: Pop Go The Beatles
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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