Recording and mixing "Here Comes The Sun"

Tuesday, July 8, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of

"Abbey Road" sessions

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release

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On July 1, 1969, John Lennon was on holiday in Scotland and got involved in a car accident along with his wife Yoko, his son Julian, and Yoko’s daughter, Kyoko. He was hospitalised and stayed at this hospital till July 6. He would rejoin The Beatles’ sessions on July 9, missing five days of work.

The previous day, The Beatles recorded the basic track of a new George Harrison song, “Here Comes The Sun“. On this day, they added overdubs onto take 13.

Onto track five of the eight-track tape, George added electric guitar played through a Leslie speaker while Ringo Starr added extra drum fills.

George then recorded his lead vocals (on track six). With the help of Paul McCartney, the two of them added double-tracked backing vocals (on tracks seven and eight), replacing the guide vocals recorded the previous day.

As the eight-track tape was now full, two reduction mixes were done to allow for more overdubs. But additional overdubs would only be added a week later on July 16.

The day ended with some rough mono mixes being done, for George to take away. The session which started at 2:30 pm ended up at 10:45 pm.

Last updated on December 24, 2021

Songs recorded


Here Comes The Sun

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 13


Here Comes The Sun

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 13 into take 14


Here Comes The Sun

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 13 into take 15


Here Comes The Sun

Written by George Harrison

Mixing • Mono mixing - Unnumbered rough remix from take 15


Musicians on "Here Comes The Sun"

Paul McCartney:
Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Vocals, Electric guitar

Production staff

George Martin:
Phil McDonald:
John Kurlander:
Second Engineer

Going further

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

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Solid State: The Story of "Abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles

Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun," which all emerged as classics.

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