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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 3, 1969

The Beatles were not recording today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 2, 1969

Morgan Studios in London.

The second session was produced again by Paul McCartneyfor Mary Hopkin's single Goodbye.

Sparrow, the single's b-side, was also recorded in these sessions, the first of which had taken place on the previous day.

Goodbye was also written by Paul McCartney.  For the studio version Hopkin sang and performed acoustic guitar, while McCartney played bass guitar, an acoustic guitar introduction and solo, ukulele, thigh-slapping percussion and drums. Backing vocals, horns and strings, arranged by Richard Hewson, were also added.

Sparrow was written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, a songwriting duo signed to Apple Publishing who found fame as Gallagher And Lyle in the 1970s. Hopkin sang and played guitar, McCartney added maracas, a session musician played upright bass, and Hewson arranged a choir part.

Morgan Studios was situated at 169-171 High Road in Willesden Green, London. McCartney recorded part of his debut album there in 1970, and shortly afterwards Ringo Starr recorded his debut, Sentimental Journey, there.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 1, 1969

Morgan Studios in London

Paul McCartney produced a session for Mary Hopkin at Morgan Studios in London.

Goodbye, the follow-up single to Hopkin's debut Those Were The Days and Sparrow.

McCartney wrote "Goodbye". He had recorded a solo demo at his home in February 1969.

On Goodbye Hopkin sang and performed acoustic guitar, while McCartney played bass guitar, an acoustic guitar introduction and solo, thigh-slapping percussion, ukulele and drums. Backing vocals, horns and strings, arranged by Richard Hewson, were also added.

The b-side, Sparrow, was written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, a songwriting duo signed to Apple Publishing who found fame as Gallagher And Lyle in the 1970s. Hopkin sang and played guitar, McCartney added maracas, a session musician played upright bass, and Hewson arranged a choir part.

Although I'm flattered that Paul wrote Goodbye especially for me, it was, I believe, a step in the wrong direction for me. The session was filmed by Apple's Tony Bramwell for a promotional clip. In the footage, Hopkin is seen miming to the song inside the studio, and there are shots of her and McCartney in the control room listening to a playback.

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 28, 1969

-Ringo Starr privately settles a lawsuit brought against him by Bryman Estates, Ltd. Ringo was renting an apartment from Bryman and had sublet it to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. After John and Yoko were arrested at the apartment on October 18, 1968, for possession of cannabis resin and for obstructing the execution of a search warrant, Bryman sued Ringo. Ringo's lease had forbade him to sublet the apartment and contained prohibitions against using the apartment in an "illegal or immoral manner."

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 27, 1969

The Beatles taking a break today from recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 26, 1969

The Beatles might have been recording today.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 25, 1969

EMI Studios, London

George went in to EMI Studios today with only Ken Scott in the control room, recorded elaborate vocal, guitar and piano demos of theree of his latest compositions, two takes of "Old Brown Shoe", one take of "Something" and two takes of "All Things Must Pass" (never recorded by the Beatles other than in Get Back rehearsal form at Twickenham, the title track of George's triple album issued on November 30, 1970.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 24, 1969

Nemperor Holdings is sold to Triumph Investment Trust. Triumph will now collect Brian Epstein's 25 percent of The Beatles' performance royalties. The Beatles, claiming that they are no longer represented by NEMS, instruct EMI to pay all royalties directly to Apple Corps, not to Triumph. Triumph files suit, freezing 1.3 million pounds in royalties due to be paid by EMI to The Beatles. The money cannot be disbursed until the lawsuit is resolved.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 23, 1969

Trident Studios - London

An evening session editing "I Want You" making an eight track copy of this and preparing a rough mono mix for John to take away.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 22, 1969

There was a fine line dividing between the end of sessions for Get Back and the beginning of sessions for Abbey Road. Although work on Abbey Road did not begin until July - a number of the album's songs were well under way by then. One song was John's "I Want You" (She's so heavy) first rehearsed at Apple on January 29th and now recorded properly at Trident with 35 takes of the basic track plus guide vocal.

The best takes of the day were nine, 20 and 32, and an edit of the three was made on the following day. Work would continue on I Want You (She's So Heavy) until August 1969.