Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Ringo Starr began recording his first studio album, Sentimental Journey, on 27 October 1969. He recorded ‘Night And Day’ in two sessions, with George Martin producing.
‘Night And Day’ was written by Cole Porter, and had been a 1937 hit for Tommy Dorsey. Starr’s version had an arrangement by Chico O’Farrill and was conducted by Martin.
In the first session, which took place from 2.30-5pm, the orchestra recorded the backing track. The 17-strong band featured saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar, piano and drums.
Following a two-hour break for dinner, Starr added his lead vocals in the evening session from 7-9.30pm. With recording complete, ‘Night And Day’ was mixed into stereo between 9.30 and 10.45pm.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh
- 1986: US album release: Menlove Ave by John Lennon
- 1981: US album release: Stop And Smell The Roses by Ringo Starr
- 1964: Mixing: What You’re Doing, Honey Don’t, Mr Moonlight, Every Little Thing, Eight Days A Week
- 1963: Live: Cirkus, Gothenburg, Sweden
- 1962: Live: Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight
- 1962: The Beatles’ first radio interview
- 1961: Live: Knotty Ash Village Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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