Recording "Glass Onion"

Friday, September 13, 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.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release

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This was the third consecutive day spent on the recording of “Glass Onion“, and the second day of overdubs. Two more sessions would be needed to complete “Glass Onion“, one on September 16 and the other one on October 10.

On this day, in an 8 pm – 1:45 am session, Paul McCartney overdubbed some notes on Mellotron, and a piano part. And Ringo Starr double-tracked his snare drum hits in the breaks of the song.

As George Martin was on holiday for most of September 1968, Chris ThomasĀ produced this session.

Last updated on September 4, 2021

Songs recorded


Glass Onion

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 33


Musicians on "Glass Onion"

Paul McCartney:
Mellotron, Piano
Ringo Starr:

Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Ken Scott:
John Smith:
Second Engineer

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