Recording "Piggies"

Friday, September 20, 1968 • For The Beatles

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"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.
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EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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The day before, The Beatles recorded the basic track of “Piggies“, a George Harrison-penned track. On this day, they recorded overdubs. The song would finally be completed on October 10, with the addition of strings.

From The Beatles Bible:

The four-track recording from 19 September was first transferred to an eight-track machine, and became take 12 in the process. The first overdub in this 7-11pm session was of George Harrison’s lead vocals.

Harrison was joined by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the final verse. During the bridge, Harrison’s vocals was heavily limited to make it sound as though he was pinching his nose.

In the control room of Studio Two, John Lennon also assembled a tape loop of pigs grunting. This came from an archive tape in the Abbey Road library titled Animals and Bees, and was taken from an EMI 78rpm record. It is likely that the effects were added when Piggies was mixed in mono and stereo on 11 October 1968.

As George Martin was on holidays for most of September 1968, Chris Thomas produced this session.

Last updated on May 28, 2021

Songs recorded



Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape copying of take 11 into take 12



Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 12


Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Ken Scott:
Mike Sheady:
Second Engineer

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