The first version of ‘Cold Turkey’, the second single by the Plastic Ono Band, was recorded on this day.
The session took place from 7pm-1.30am, with John Lennon producing. Lennon also sang and played guitar, and was joined by Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass guitar, Ringo Starr on drums and Yoko Ono on vocals.
Twenty-six takes of the song were recorded, with Lennon singing a guide vocal as the group played the backing track. The final take, which lasted 5’10”, was considered the best, although Lennon chose to remake it three days later at Trident Studios.
Also on this day...
- 2009: Olivia Harrison wins Friar Park fence battle
- 1969: Paul and Linda McCartney attend the UK première of Midnight Cowboy
- 1969: Mixing: Live Peace In Toronto 1969 by Plastic Ono Band
- 1968: Editing, recording, mixing: Happiness Is A Warm Gun
- 1967: Recording, mixing: The Fool On The Hill
- 1967: Editing: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1965: The Beatles’ cartoon series begins in the United States
- 1962: Live: Heswall Jazz Club, Wirral
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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