Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
The song was ‘It Don’t Come Easy’, with a songwriting for Starr, but in actual fact mostly written by George Harrison. At this stage the song was known as ‘You Gotta Pay Your Dues’.
The session was produced by George Martin, with Harrison on the studio floor directing the musicians. It took the musicians 20 takes to perfect the backing track, the last of which became the basis for further overdubs.
Recording took place from 7pm to 12.30am. Harrison played acoustic guitar, Klaus Voormann was on bass guitar, Starr played drums, and Stephen Stills was on piano.
Ringo came in with this little song, that is, he sat down and played eight bars, and said, ‘That’s it.’ So, we all made suggestions… and it came along very nicely. George told me that the session was for Ringo’s ‘surprise single’ and I guess that could be right.
From 12.30-4am Harrison overdubbed two electric guitar tracks, including a solo, and Starr laid down his lead vocals. Stereo mixing for ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ took place from 4-4.30am.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live at Sunrise Theater, Fort Pierce, FL, USA
- 1974: UK single release: Jet by Paul McCartney and Wings
- 1970: Recording, mixing: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Let The Rest Of The World Go By by Ringo Starr
- 1965: Recording, mixing: Ticket To Ride, Another Girl, I Need You, Yes It Is, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, The Night Before, You Like Me Too Much, If You’ve Got Trouble, Tell Me What You See
- 1965: Northern Songs is floated on the stock exchange
- 1964: The Beatles meet Cassius Clay
- 1963: Live: Queen’s Hall, Widnes
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1933: Yoko Ono is born
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