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

Tuesday, July 9, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of

"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 15, 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.
Timeline More from year 1968
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Master album

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From Wikipedia:

During the afternoon session on 9 July, the Beatles recorded a new basic track, which Lewisohn says possibly featured McCartney playing the drums instead of Ringo Starr. Despite this further work, McCartney conceded that the basic track from the previous day was adequate, and the band returned to the 8 July recording for overdubs during the evening session.

McCartney’s perfectionism annoyed his bandmates, and when their producer, George Martin, offered him suggestions for his vocal part, McCartney rebuked him, saying, “Well you come down and sing it.” According to Emerick, the usually placid Martin shouted in reply: “Then bloody sing it again! I give up. I just don’t know any better how to help you.” The following day, Emerick quit working for the group; he later cited this exchange between McCartney and Martin as one of the reasons, as well as the unpleasant atmosphere that had typified the White Album sessions up to that point.

In the final verse, McCartney made an error by singing, “Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face” (rather than Molly), and had Molly letting “the children lend a hand”. This mistake was retained because the other Beatles liked it. Harrison and Lennon yell “arm” and “leg” between the lines “Desmond lets the children lend a hand” and “Molly stays at home”.

Last updated on June 4, 2021

Songs recorded


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Re-remake -Take 20


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Re-remake - Take 21


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - SI onto take 13


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Tape copying • Remake - Tape reduction take 13 into take 22


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - SI onto take 22



Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Rehearsal


Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

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