Recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "Oh! Darling", "Here Comes The Sun"

Monday, August 11, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


"Abbey Road" sessions

Feb 22 - Aug 25, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Abbey Road

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

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The recording of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Oh! Darling” was completed on this day. Time was also spent on “Here Comes The Sun” in this 2:30 pm to 11:30 pm session.

Before that, from 1 pm to 2 pm, engineer Phil McDonald did some mono tape copies of “Dig It” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer“:

Neither Lewisohn nor Winn can provide any validation regarding this session. The stereo remix of Dig It is noted to have been from a session that is not among any of the dates Glyn Johns worked on the song and there is no entry in tape log from Barrett of it, or the copy of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

From “The Beatles Recording Reference Manual – Volume 5” by Jerry Hammack

On August 8, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” received some overdubs added onto the master done at Trident StudiosĀ on February 23, without the overdubs recorded on April 20, 1969.

On this day, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison added some harmony vocals, singing “She’s so heavy“. Those overdubs were added onto take 1 from April 20 but were also edited into the original Trident Studios master, before the session ends. The final release would be an edit of mixes made of the two versions of the song, made on August 20.

Till then, the working title of the track was “I Want You“. The addition of those harmony vocals led John to change the title to “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)“.


John, Paul, George then re-recorded their backing vocals on “Oh! Darling“, replacing those they had done on April 26.

John’s harmony vocals on “Oh! Darling” were his last performance on any Beatles track.


To end the day, George added a guitar overdub onto track seven of “Here Comes The Sun“. The track would receive orchestral overdubs on August 15.

Last updated on December 27, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Dig It

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Tape copying • Mono tape copying of 13 March stereo mix


2.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of remix stereo 18


3.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 1


4.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 26


5.

Here Comes The Sun

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 15


6.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape copying of take 1


7.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Editing • Editing from take 1 into unnumbered Trident master

Staff

Musicians on "Oh! Darling"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals

Musicians on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"

Paul McCartney:
Harmony vocals
John Lennon:
Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals

Musicians on "Here Comes The Sun"

Production staff

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

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

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