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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 30, 1969

Today, recording sessions started with a lead guitar overdub onto the best take of Let It Be from the session on January 31st. This solo was actually featured on the single release although an alternative one was used for the Let It Be album.

The new solo was performed by George Harrison and included Glyn Johns' two unreleased Get Back albums.

The Beatles then decided to look at an old recording of You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) which had been begun in May 1967, but had ceased the following month following the creation of a master edit of its various parts.

During this session, John Lennon and Paul McCartney gathered around a single microphone and added all the song's vocals onto two tracks. The vocals included Lennon's nightclub MC, McCartney's crooner Denis O'Bell, ska-styled staccato, Pythonesque falsetto, mumbling and other sounds.

More effects were added to track four, including audience ambience and applause, and the sound of Beatles assistant Mal Evans running a spade through a heap of gravel. Three mono mixes were made at the end of the session, which finished at 2am.

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