“Get Back” premiered on BBC Radio 1

Sunday, April 6, 1969

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The song “Get Back“, recorded during the “Get Back” sessions in January 1969, had been prepared for release as the next Beatles single. A mono mix had been made by engineer/producer Glyn Johns on April 3, and the single was scheduled to be released on April 11.

On this day, April 6, “Get Back” was premiered, on BBC Radio 1, by DJs Alan Freeman and John Peel. But Paul McCartney was disappointed by the way the song sounded on the radio. So on the next day, he was back at Olympic Studios with Glyn Johns to create a new mix of the song.

The version of Get Back that was played by DJs John Peel and Alan Freeman on Sunday, April 6, was not the actual final record that was released a week later.

The boys decided that it needed more work done on it so they went back into the studio on Monday, April 7, and re-mixed the tapes.

From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°70, May 1969
From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°70, May 1969

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