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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 13, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This 7:00 pm to 3:30 am session began with the preparation of four new mono mixes of "A Day In The Life" and then turned to the recording of a new number. George's "Only A Northern Song". (In keeping with George's frequent shortage of song titles, it started out that night as "Not Known.") A wry comment on the fact that it would be published by Northern Songs, "Only A Northern Song" was going to be George's chief contribution to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

As it transpired, though, the song didn't see commercial release until January 1969, on the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack Album. This evening, the Beatles recorded nine takes of the song's rhythm track, the third marked "best". 

 

 

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