Recording "Penny Lane" #3

Wednesday, January 4, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane 7" Single.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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The Beatles started recording Paul McCartney’s “Penny Lane” at the tail end of 1966. On December 29, 1966, Paul recorded several piano parts. On December 30, onto Take 7, he added his lead vocals and John Lennon some backing vocals. For this first recording session of 1967, work continued on “Penny Lane“.

The session began at 7 pm and finished at 2:45 am the following morning. Paul re-recorded his lead vocals onto track three, wiping the lead and backing vocals recorded on December 30. On track four, John added a piano part and George Harrison some electric guitar.

None of the work done on this day would be used. Paul’s lead vocals would be replaced the following day, and John and George’s parts would be wiped on January 6.

Last updated on January 29, 2023

Songs recorded


Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 7


Musicians on "Penny Lane"

Paul McCartney:
Lead vocals
John Lennon:
George Harrison:
Electric guitar

Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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