Recording "Rosetta"

Early February 1969 • For The Fourmost

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Rosetta / Just Like Before 7" Single.
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About

The Fourmost was an English Merseybeat band managed by Brian Epstein in the 60s. In 1963, they had recorded some original Lennon-McCartney songs given to them, “Hello Little Girl” and “I’m In Love“.

Early 1969, Paul McCartney was in touch with them, and suggested they record the jazz standard “Rosetta“. Sometime just after the Get Back Sessions, Paul managed to produce their recording of the song, playing also piano on it.

During that session, Paul also produced the track called “Just Like Before“.

A single with “Rosetta” on the A-side and “Just Like Before” on the B-side was released on February 21, 1969.


[…] Paul McCartney has produced the latest single by the Fourmost. […] The Fourmost revive the old jazz classic “Rosetta” for their next CBS single. It comes out on February 21, and was produced by Beatle Paul McCartney.

From New Musical Express, February 8, 1969

Not too many weeks ago Paul took up with a new girlfriend, Rosetta. You might say she was a very old flame, for Rosetta is the title of an old jazz standard which Paul “re-discovered” and felt would be just right for the Liverpudlian group The Fourmost. He called Fourmost leader Brian O’Hara with the suggestion that Rosetta be considered for the group’s new single on CBS.

This led to Paul not only attending The Fourmost session but producing the finished single which was released on February 21. That’s not really the end of the McCartney involvement because Paul’s Scaffolder brother Mike has been taking a personal interest in the plugging of the disc, taking copies to deejay mates and telling them how highly he thinks of The Fourmost and their new 1969 chances of hitting the Top 20 jackpot with Rosetta!

From the Beatles Monthly Book, N°68, March 1969
From Facebook – February 1969 – Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (http://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – February 1969 – Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (http://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – February 1969 – Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd.
(http://www.thebeatles.com/)

Last updated on October 14, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Rosetta

Written by Earl Hines, William Henri Woode

Recording

Album Officially released on Rosetta / Just Like Before


2.

Just Like Before

Written by A. Benny

Recording

Album Officially released on Rosetta / Just Like Before

Staff

Musicians

Brian O'Hara:
Performed by
Billy Hatton:
Performed by
Dave Lovelady:
Performed by
Ian Edwards:
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Musicians on "Rosetta"

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Producer

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