Recording "Good Night"

Friday, June 28, 1968 • For The Beatles

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

Songs recorded


Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


Good Night

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


Musicians on "Good Night"

John Lennon:

Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer


The Beatles started the recording of “Good Night” on this day.

At the very next session John surprised us all with the unveiling of his lush ballad ‘Good Night.’ Like ‘Across The Universe,’ the song showed his softer side, a stark contrast to the screamer he had belted out just the night before (“Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”)…There was another surprise: John had decided to have Ringo sing the lead vocal. We were all totally caught off guard by that because we’d already recorded what we presumed was going to be the sole Ringo song on the album (“Don’t Pass Me By”). It’s hard to imagine that John actually thought Ringo could do a better job on it than he could – he knew as well as anyone that Ringo was no singer. Perhaps it was that he was embarrassed at singing such a gentle lullaby – maybe it wasn’t macho enough for him – or perhaps he made the decision just to keep Ringo happy because he sensed some disquiet in the usually placid drummer. […]

John had made a demo for Ringo to take home and practice to, and it was played back a couple of times that night…It’s a shame that this particular tape has been lost to the world, and that nobody will ever hear the gorgeous way John sang his tender little song.

Geoff Emerick – From “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles“, 2006 – Quoted in

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

I think John felt it might not be good for his image for him to sing it but it was fabulous to hear him do it, he sang it great. We heard him sing it in order to teach it to Ringo and he sang it very tenderly. John rarely showed his tender side, but my key memories of John are when he was tender, that’s what has remained with me; those moments where he showed himself to be a very generous, loving person. I always cite that song as an example of the John beneath the surface that we only saw occasionally… I don’t think John’s version was ever recorded.

They first worked on a number of rehearsals; one of them was released on Anthology 3:

On the evidence of this eavesdrop into song’s first session, the transferral of composition to tape was very much a united effort, with all four Beatles and producer George Martin pitching in ideas and opinions. The performance was not numbered “take” but, rather, a rehearsal that happened to be recorded.

From the liner notes of Anthology 3

Five proper takes of “Good Night” were then recorded during this session, with John Lennon on guitars.

[John] was happy with take five so added two more guitar parts to tracks two and three on the four-track tape. The guitar on track two was recorded at half-speed so when played back at normal speed was heard an octave higher.

From “The Beatles” Super Deluxe edition book (2018)

Work would continue on “Good Nighton July 2. Ultimately, the work done during those two sessions would be scrapped in favour of a remake with only an orchestral arrangement (which would be recorded on July 22).

From Facebook – 28 June 1968 Photo © Apple Corps Ltd. (
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