Recording "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

Thursday, July 4, 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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On this day, The Beatles continued the work started the previous day on version 1 of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, by adding vocal overdubs onto take 4. This session started at 7 pm and ended at 2:15 am.

Paul McCartney added lead vocal. A reduction mix labelled take 5 was then created, for McCartney to double-track his lead vocal and for John Lennon and George Harrison to add backing vocals.

They would continue to work on this version 1 on July 5, before deciding to do a remake.

Last updated on September 4, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 4


2.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 4 into take 5


3.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 5

Staff

Musicians on "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

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

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

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