Recording "Dear Prudence"

Thursday, August 29, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of

"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 18, 1968 • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Beatles (Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Trident Studios, London, UK

Master release

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This was the second day of work on “Dear Prudence” at Trident Studios. The Beatles were still a trio, as Ringo Starr had temporarily left the group on August 22.

In this session from 7 pm to 6 am, The three Beatles recorded overdubs onto the basic track recorded the day before. Paul McCartney recorded his bass guitar part along with John Lennon on tambourine, and John recorded his lead vocals, manually double-tracking them afterwards.

In the studio during this session, there was Mal Evans, Paul’s cousin John McCartney and newly signed Apple artist Jackie Lomax. They were invited to join the Beatles to record backing vocals and handclaps. Mal Evans also contributed some tambourine shaking. Although left out of the final mix, the song ended with deliberate applause created by all those participants.

The Beatles continued working on “Dear Prudence” at Trident, the day after, on August 30, 1968.

Last updated on September 3, 2021

Songs recorded


Dear Prudence

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 1



Paul McCartney:
Handclaps, Backing vocals, Tambourine, Bass
John Lennon:
George Harrison:
Handclaps, Backing vocals
Mal Evans:
Handclaps, Backing vocals
Jackie Lomax:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
John McCartney:
Backing vocals, Handclaps

Production staff

George Martin:
Barry Sheffield:

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