Recording "Something"

Monday, May 5, 1969 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Abbey Road LP.
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Songs recorded



Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 36


Musicians on "Something"

Production staff

George Martin:
Glyn Johns:
Steve Vaughan:
Second Engineer


This was the first of four days spent at Olympic Sound Studios.

The backing track of George Harrison’s “Something” had been recorded on May 2, 1969. On this day, the first overdubs were added onto take 36.

George recorded a lead guitar part, likely his guitar solo. Geoff Emerick mentioned in his

Geoff Emerick didn’t engineer this session, but wrote the following as if he was in the studio for this session:

George was clearly still holding a grudge against Paul, and it seemed that he got some degree of revenge during the recording of ‘Something.’ I couldn’t help but notice that Harrison was actually giving Paul direction on how to play the bass, telling him repeatedly that he wanted the part greatly simplified. It was a first in all my years of working with The Beatles: George had never dared tell Paul what to do; he’d simply never asserted himself that way.

Geoff Emerick – From “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles“, 2006

I think George thought my bass-playing was a little bit busy. Again, from my side, I was trying to contribute the best I could, but maybe it was his turn to tell me I was too busy. But that was fun; that went off well.

Paul McCartney – From The Beatles Anthology

Work on “Something” would only continue on July 11, 1969.

Last updated on December 28, 2021

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