Beatles history - 1969 July
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1
Tuesday
Studio 2. 3.00-7.30pm. Recording: `You Never Give Me Your Money' (overdub onto take 30). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair. Start of a new era of recordings.
1
Tuesday
John, Yoko, Julian and Kyoko are involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. They are hospitalised.
2
Wednesday
Studio 2. 3.00-9.30pm. Recording: `Her Majesty' (takes 1-3); `Golden Slumbers' (working title of `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight') (takes 1-15). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair.
2
Wednesday
The Official Beatles Fan Club runs several clubs derived from the main one.
2
Wednesday
Cynthia takes Julian from the hospital and takes him to Greece.
3
Thursday
Studio 2. 3.00-8.30pm. Editing: `Golden Slumbers'(working title of `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight') (of takes 13, 15, called take 13). Recording: `Golden Slumbers'(working title of `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight') (overdub onto take 13, tape reduction take 13 into takes 16, 17). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair.
3
Thursday
Media launch of the Plastic Ono Band. Press reception for the release of `Give Peace A Chance', at the Chelsea Town Hall. John and Yoko do not attend, due to their being hospitalised in Scotland; Ringo and Maureen substitute them.
4
Friday
Studio 2. 2.45-5.30pm. Recording: `Golden Slumbers' (working title of `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight') (overdub onto take 17). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair. Listening, through the mixing console and the studio speakers, of the Wimbledon ladies tennis final, live on BBC Radio 2. Anne Jones (UK) beating Billy-Jean King in 3 sets (71 minutes).
4
Friday
UK single release: `Give Peace A Chance'/`Remember Love'. 1st commercial Beatle solo single.
5
Saturday
`Get Back', 9th week in the Top 30 (Billboard).
6
Sunday
John and Yoko leave the hospital, after their car crash in Scotland. They return to England.
6
Sunday
Brian Jones dies.
7
Monday
Studio 2. 2.30-11.45pm. Recording: `Here Comes The Sun' (takes 1-13). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. 10.45-11.45pm. Re-recording and perfecting of acoustic guitar. Recording of rythm track for `Here Comes The Sun'.
7
Monday
US single release: `Give Peace A Chance'/`Remember Love'.
7
Monday
The Plastic Ono Band plays at the Chelsea Town Hall to promote the single `Give Peace A Chance'/`Remember Love'.
8
Tuesday
Studio 2. 2.30-10.45pm. Recording: `Here Comes The Sun' (overdub onto take 13, tape reduction take 13 into takes 14, 15). Studio 2 (control room only). 10.45-11.45pm. Mono mixing: `Here Comes The Sun' (unnumbered rough remix, from take 15). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Mix for George.
9
Wednesday
Studio 2. 2.30-10.15pm. Recording: `Maxwell's Silver Hammer' (takes 1-21). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; Engineer: John Kurlander. 1st John's session after his accident. A bed is brought into the studio so that Yoko could stay by John's side.
10
Thursday
Studio 2. 2.30-11.30pm. Recording: `Maxwell's Silver Hammer' (overdub onto take 21). Stereo mixing: `Maxwell's Silver Hammer' (remixes 1-13, from take 21). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
11
Friday
Studio 2. 2.30-12.00pm. Recording: `Maxwell's Silver Hammer' (overdub onto take 21); `Something' (overdub onto take 36). Stereo mixing: `Something' (remixes 1-4, from take 36). Recording: `Something' (tape reduction take 36 into take 37); `You Never Give Me Your Money' (overdub onto take 30). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
12
Saturday
Ringo expresses his opinion about the banning of `The Ballad Of John And Yoko' decided by some US radios.
12
Saturday
`Get Back', 10th week in the Top 30 (Billboard). `Give Peace A Chance', 1st week in the Top 28; 1st week in the ranking (Billboard).
15
Tuesday
Studio 3. 2.30-6.00pm. Recording: `You Never Give Me Your Money' (overdub onto take 30). Studio 2 (control room only). 6.00-11.00pm. Stereo mixing: `You Never Give Me Your Money' (remixes 1-6, from take 30). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Alan Parsons. Recording of bell sounds for `You Never Give Me Your Money'.
16
Wednesday
Studio 3. 2.30-7.00pm. Recording: `Here Comes The Sun' (overdub onto take 15). Studio 2. 7.00pm-12.30am. Recording: `Something' (overdub onto take 36, tape reduction into takes 38, 39). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Alan Parsons.
16
Wednesday
US gold certification for `The Ballad Of John And Yoko'.
17
Thursday
Studio 3. 2.30-6.30pm. Recording: `Oh! Darling' (overdub onto take 16). Studio 2. 6.30-11.15pm. Recording: `Octopus's Garden' (overdub onto take 32). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Alan Parsons. Recording of Paul's lead vocal trial for `Oh! Darling' and vocals and sound effects for `Octopus's Garden'.
18
Friday
Studio 3. 2.30-8.30pm. Recording: `Oh! Darling' (overdub onto take 26); `Octopus's Garden' (overdub onto take 32). Studio 2 (control room only). 8.00-10.30pm. Mono mixing: `Octopus's Garden' (remixes 1-7, from take 32). Stereo mixing: `Octopus's Garden' (remixes 10-14, from take 32). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Alan Parsons. Recording of Paul's vocal trial for `Oh! Darling'.
19
Saturday
`Get Back', 11th week in the Top 30 (Billboard). `Unfinished Music No. 2-Life With The Lions' number 179 (Billboard). `Give Peace A Chance', 2nd week in the Top 28 (Billboard).
21
Monday
Studio 3. 2.30-9.30pm. Recording: `Come Together' (takes 1-8). Studio 2 (control room only). 9.30-10.00pm. Tape copying: `Come Together' (of take 6, called take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Copy of `Come Together' from 4-track to 8-track tape. First full day of Geoff Emerick back as Beatles' balance engineer.
22
Tuesday
Studio 3. 2.30-9.30pm. Recording: `Oh! Darling' (overdub onto take 26); `Come Together' (overdub onto take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Recording of lead vocal trial for `Oh! Darling'.
23
Wednesday
Studio 3. 2.30-11.30pm. Recording: `Oh! Darling' (overdub onto take 26); `Come Together' (overdub onto take 9); `Ending' (working title for `The End') (takes 1-7). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Recording of lead vocal (released version) for `Oh! Darling'. 11.30pm-12.30am. Playback of finished titles for `Abbey Road' LP.
24
Thursday
Studio 2. 2.30-3.30pm. Recording: `Come And Get It' (take 1). Stereo mixing: `Come And Get It' (remix 1, from take 1). Tape copying: `Come And Get It' (of remix stereo 1). Producer: not assigned; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Studio 2. 3.30-10.30pm. Recording: `Here Comes The Sun-King' (working title of `Sun King'/`Mean Mr Mustard') (takes 1-35). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Paul's solo session, recording a demo of `Come And Get It' for Badfinger. During recording of `Sun King', jam of `Be-Bop-A-Lula', `Who Slapped John?' and `Ain't She Sweet'.
25
Friday
Studio 2. 2.30pm-2.30am. Recording: `Here Comes The Sun-King' (working title of `Sun King'/`Mean Mr Mustard') (overdub onto take 35); `Come Together' (overdub onto take 9); `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' (takes 1-39). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. 10.30pm-2.30am. Re-recording of bass and drums, and recording of lead vocal for `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window'.
26
Saturday
`Get Back', 12th and last week in the Top 30 (Billboard). `Give Peace A Chance', 3rd week in the Top 28 (Billboard).
28
Monday
Studio 3. 2.30-8.00pm. Recording: `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' (overdub onto take 39). Studio 2 (control room only). 8.00-8.30pm. Recording: `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' (tape reduction take 39 into take 40). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
29
Tuesday
Studio 3. 2.30-10.45pm. Recording: `Come Together' (overdub onto take 9); `Sun King'/`Mean Mr Mustard' (overdub onto take 35). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Recording of guitar solo for `Come Together'.
30
Wednesday
Studio 2 (control room only). 2.00-3.30pm. Recording: `You Never Give Me Your Money' (tape reduction take 30 into takes 37-42). Studio 3. 3.30-10.30pm. Recording: `Come Together' (overdub onto take 9); `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' (overdub onto take 40); `You Never Give Me Your Money' (overdub onto take 40) ; `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight' (overdub onto take 17). Studio 2 (control room only). 10.30pm-2.30am. Stereo mixing: `You Never Give Me Your Money' (remix 1, from take 40); `Sun King'/`Mean Mr Mustard' (remix 1, from take 35); `Her Majesty' (remix 1, from take 3); `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' (remix 1, from take 40); `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight' (remix 1, from take 17); `Ending' (working title of `The End') (remix 1, from take 7). Editing, crossfading and tape compilation: `You Never Give Me Your Money'; `Sun King'/`Mean Mr Mustard'; `Her Majesty'; `Polythene Pam'/`She Came In Through The Bathroom Window'; `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight'; `Ending' (working title of `The End'). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander. Rough compilation to judge the progress of the medley. Paul decides to eliminate `Her Majesty'. The piece of tape is cut carelessly, leaving on it the end of `Mean Mr Mustard' and missing the last chord of `Her Majesty', but since this was just a rough mix, things went on. John Kurlander, second engineer for this session, disobeying Paul, conserved the tape, appending it to the end of the complete tape, but clearly apart from the rest, 15 seconds after `The End'.
31
Thursday
Mal Evans takes the tape containing the `Abbey Road' medley compiled on 30 July to Apple for acetate cutting purposes. He returns the tape this same day to EMI. Malcom Davies, at Apple, cuts a lacquer of the complete medley sequence. On his own he decides to include the `Her Majesty' piece, although it had been placed detached from the main sequence to make it clear it was not intended to be part of the medley.
31
Thursday
Studio 2. 2.30pm-1.15am. Recording: `You Never Give Me Your Money' (overdub onto take 30); `Golden Slumbers'/`Carry That Weight' (overdub onto take 17). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
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