Overdubs for "All Those Years Ago"

March / April 1981 ? • For George Harrison

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the All Those Years Ago / Writings On The Wall 7" Single.
Friar Park Studio, Henley-on-Thames, UK

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During the recording of the “Tug Of War” album, Paul McCartney wanted George Harrison to add a guitar solo to the song “Wanderlust“. He, his wife Linda, George Martin (producer of the album) and Denny Laine went visiting George at his house, Friar Park, where he had located his personal studio (named FPSHOT – Friar Park Studio, Henley-On-Thames).

Before working on “Wanderlust“, George Harrison asked Paul to record some backing vocals for a track of his, in homage of the late John Lennon. Paul, Linda and Denny obliged.

But in the end, the guitar overdub for “Wanderlust” was never recorded.

This session day happened after Paul was back from Montserrat, and obviously before the release of “All Those Years Ago” as a single on May 22, 1981.

How emotional was it to record “All Those Years Ago” with George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul just a few months after John Lennon’s assassination?

Oh, that was very emotional. I knew George very well too and Ringo. So, it was a very emotional time and it was recorded at George’s house. As I said I knew all the Beatles quite well and although I wasn’t as close to John as they were, he was a pretty good friend of mine. It was good that we did that. We got something out there to the public to see that we were concerned and hurt by what happened.

Denny Laine – From Interview: Denny Laine (solo, Wings, Moody Blues) (hit-channel.com), July 2017
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From Club Sandwitch N°23, Winter 1981

Last updated on March 5, 2022

Songs recorded




Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals

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