Recording "Don't Pass Me By", "Good Night"

Monday, July 22, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of


"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 15, 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.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Master album


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John and Paul wrote this sad, wistful song for Ringo to sing. Mind you the words aren’t all that sad – just a very straightforward “goodnight, sleep tight” theme to them. 30-piece orchestra was brought in for the backing. Including even a harp! Also an eight-voice choir of four boys and four girls.

Mal Evans – From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°64, November 1968

Last updated on June 20, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • Edit piece - Take 1


2.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • Edit piece - Take 2


3.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • Edit piece - Take 3


4.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • Edit piece - Take 4


5.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 23


6.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 24


7.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 25


8.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 26


9.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 27


10.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 28


11.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 29


12.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 30


13.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 31


14.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 32


15.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 33


16.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 34


17.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 34

Staff

Musicians on Good Night

Pat Whitmore:
Backing vocals
Irene King:
Backing vocals
Fred Lucas:
Backing vocals
Mike Redway:
Backing vocals
Ingrid Thomas:
Backing vocals
Val Stockwell:
Backing vocals
Ross Gilmour:
Backing vocals
Ken Barrie:
Backing vocals
?:
vibraphone, three violas, three cellos, French horn, clarinet, twelve violins, three flutes, harp, double bass
Mike Sammes Singers:
Backing vocals

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

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