Recording "Don't Pass Me By"

Thursday, June 6, 1968 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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On this day, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney continued the work on “Don’t Pass Me By“, which recording started the day before. They erased both of Paul McCartney’s bass guitar tracks recorded onto take 5, and added two tracks of Ringo Starr’s lead vocals. A new reduction mix took the song to take 7, and Paul added a new bass part.

At the end of the master version, one can hear Ringo chanting “This Is Some Friendly“, which was the working title for “Don’t Pass Me By” used on this day, soon followed by Ringo whispering “I’ve seen a few Friendlies and this is one“.

On his side, John Lennon worked on sound effects and tape loops, to be part of “Revolution 9“. He was also interviewed in the studio by BBC Radio 1’s Kenny Everett, soon joined by Paul and Ringo. Together, they recorded some sung jingles for a new BBC Radio 1 show.

Work on “Don’t Pass Me By” would continue on July 12, with the addition of a violin played by Jack Fallon.

Last updated on June 3, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • SI onto take 5


2.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 5 into take 7


3.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Recording • SI onto take 7


4.

Don't Pass Me By

Written by Ringo Starr

Mixing • Mono mixing - Rough remix from take 7


5.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 1


6.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 2


7.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 3


8.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 4


9.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 5


10.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 6


11.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 7


12.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 8


13.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 9


14.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 10


15.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 11


16.

Revolution 9

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Sound effects - Take 12

Staff

Musicians on Don't Pass Me By

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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