Recording "Come Together", "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard"

Tuesday, July 29, 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 Three, Abbey Road

Master release

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On this day, from 2:30 pm to 10:45 pm, overdubs were added onto “Come Together” and “Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard“.

Come Together“, recorded on July 21, 22, 23 and 25, received some additional guitar parts in the instrumental section as well as during the chorus of the song. It is not precisely known if those were played by George Harrison or John Lennon.

Come Together” would receive its final overdubs the next day, on July 30.

Additional vocal harmonies were then added to “Sun King“, George Martin recorded an organ overdub to the song’s chorus, and Ringo Starr added maracas to the final verse.

On “Mean Mr. Mustard“, John and Paul double-tracked their vocals, and Ringo added a tambourine.

At the end of this session, the recording of “Sun King” and “Mean Mr. Mustard” was completed.

Last updated on December 26, 2021

Songs recorded


Come Together

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 9


Sun King

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 35


Mean Mr. Mustard

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 35


Musicians on "Sun King"

Paul McCartney:
Harmony vocals ?
Ringo Starr:
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals ?
George Martin:

Musicians on "Mean Mr. Mustard"

Paul McCartney:
Harmony vocals ?
Ringo Starr:
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals ?

Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
John Kurlander:
Second engineer

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