Following a six-day hiatus, The Beatles resumed working on ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in a session which began at 2.30pm and ended at midnight.
George Martin had prepared a score and booked session musicians to play the brass and string parts. The trumpeters were Tony Fisher, Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins and Stanley Roderick, and the cellists were John Hall, Derek Simpson and Norman Jones.
Martin conducted the musicians as they recorded their parts onto tracks three and four of the four-track tape. A reduction mix, numbered take 26, was then made to free up space for more overdubs. After this The Beatles’ drums and percussion parts filled track one, and electric guitar, Mellotron, cellos and trumpets were on track two.
Five mono mixes, numbered RM5-9, were made towards the end of the session, and the following day four acetate discs of RM9 were cut for each of The Beatles to take home.
Also on this day...
- 1969: Plastic Ono Band live at Lyceum Ballroom, London
- 1969: Mixing, editing: Get Back album
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘War Is Over’ poster campaign is launched
- 1969: Ringo Starr records a charity appeal for BBC radio
- 1964: US album release: Beatles ’65
- 1963: Television: Thank Your Lucky Stars
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1961: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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