Recording "Good Night"

Tuesday, July 2, 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.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release


Some songs from this session appear on:


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About

The Beatles continued working on “Good Night” after an initial session held on June 28, by adding lead and backing vocals. They recorded 10 takes on this day, numbered from 6 to 15. Take 10 was released on “The Beatles” 2018 reissue.

After that, Ringo did some try-outs of some spoken introductions to the song – “Come on, it’s time you little toddlers were in bed“, “Come along now, we must go to bed. We’ve had a wonderful day“, “Cover yourself up Charlie, no peeking”… 39 seconds of those try-outs were also released on “The Beatles” 2018 reissue.

At the end of the session, George Martin took away two copies of take 15, to work on an orchestra and choir arrangement. Ultimately, the work done during those this session (and the previous one on June 28) would be scrapped in favour of a remake with only the orchestral arrangement, and without the Beatles’ involvement (aside Ringo’s lead vocals).

The orchestra and choir arrangement would be recorded on July 22.

Last updated on August 6, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 5


2.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


3.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


4.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


5.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


6.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10

Album Officially released on The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)


7.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


8.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


9.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


10.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 14


11.

Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 15


12.

Try-outs of spoken introduction

Recording

Album Officially released on The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)

Staff

Musicians on "Good Night"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Lead vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Peter Bown:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

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