Recording "You Know My Name (Look Up That Number)"

Thursday, June 8, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) 7" Single.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Some songs from this session appear on:



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On May 17 and June 7, 1967, The Beatles began recording “You Know My Name (Look Up That Number)“. The song consisted of five parts. The first part was recorded during the first two sessions.

On this day, June 8, from 7 pm to 1 am, The Beatles recorded the four other parts, each played in a different musical style. During this recording session, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones joined them on saxophone.

The Undertakers were a Liverpool-based beat group that had a tenor saxophonist named Brian Jones in their lineup, which caused some confusion about which Brian Jones played on the track. The Undertakers also had Jackie Lomax, who was signed with Apple Records, The Beatles’ record label, in 1968.

Was that Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones or was it Brian Jones of the Undertakers playing sax? Because people have never been too sure.

It was Brian Jones of the Stones. He turned up very, very nervous with a sax, and we said “Oh, we thought you’d bring a guitar!” and he’d brought a sax. I invited him to the session. Absolutely definitely Brian of the Stones. Unequivocably, as they say.

Paul McCartney – Interview with Mark Lewisohn – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn, 1988

[Brian Jones] arrived at Abbey Road in his big Afghan coat. He was always nervous, a little insecure, and he was really nervous that night because he’s walking in on a Beatles session. He was nervous to the point of shaking, lighting ciggy after ciggy. I used to like Brian a lot. I thought it would be a fun idea to have him, and I naturally thought he’d bring a guitar along to a Beatles session and maybe chung along and do some nice rhythm guitar or a little bit of electric twelve-string or something, but to our surprise he brought his saxophone. He opened up his sax case and started putting a reed in and warming up, playing a little bit. He was a really ropey sax player, so I thought, Ah-hah. We’ve got just the tune.

Paul McCartney – From “Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now” by Barry Miles, 1997

During this recording session, The Beatles recorded 12 takes of Part 2, 4 takes of Part 3, 6 takes of Part 4, and one take of Part 5. It’s not clear which part corresponds to which music style. Also, it’s not documented who played what. Here are the different musical styles and the instruments used in each:

  • The ska-influenced part had piano, bass, guitar, drums and Brian Jones on saxophone.
  • The part played in a “lounge lizard style” (this is how Geoff Emerick described it) had piano, bongos and maracas.
  • The part played in traditional jazz style featured piano, bass, drums, vibraphone, and again Brian Jones on saxophone.
  • The last part had piano, bongos, tambourine, cog rattle and coo-coo whistle.

The following credits are given in Ian McDonald’s book “Revolution In The Head“:

  • John Lennon – guitar, maracas
  • Paul McCartney – piano, bass, handclaps
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, vibraphone
  • Ringo Starr – drums, timbales, bongos

Jerry Hammack’s reference book “The Beatles Recording Reference Manual: Volume 3: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band through Magical Mystery Tour (late 1966-1967)“, gives the following credits:

  • John Lennon – piano, guitar, handclaps
  • Paul McCartney – bass, handclaps, flute?, piano?
  • George Martin – piano?
  • George Harrison – guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • ?: vibraphone, percussions

Work continued on “You Know My Name (Look Up That Number)“ the following day.


Ironically, during those first few days that the adulation for Pepper was flooding in, the group were hard at work in Studio Two on what was quite possibly the least substantive song they had ever put down on tape: “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number).” It was recorded in sections, and the sole lyric was the title phrase, repeated over and over again in a variety of genres, from straight rock ’n’ roll to lounge lizard style. We all had great fun on those sessions as John and Paul dubbed on all manner of loony sound effects and sang and harrumphed in their full repertoire of comic Goon-like voices. It was such a novelty number, in fact, that it sat on the shelf for nearly two and half years before it was finally finished, at Lennon’s instigation, and released as the B-side of the “Let It Be” single.

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

On Thursday, June 8th, 1967, Paul signed my [Sgt. Pepper] album at EMI. I asked him to sign just his [first] name and he signed Paul Mc, looked around at the other signatures, and said, ‘I ruined your album!’ and stopped writing. I kidded with him that he had just done it on purpose so I would have to buy another album.

Lizzie Bravo – Beatles fan – From The Beatles Signed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” From | Lot #16081 | Heritage Auctions (ha.com)
From The Beatles Signed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” From | Lot #16081 | Heritage Auctions (ha.com) – The Beatles Signed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” From Lizzie Bravo! (1967). Unquestionably one of the most desirable autographed Beatle items in existence, we are proud to offer an original 1967 issue of the Beatles’ landmark record, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, beautifully signed by John, Paul, George and Ringo. All four signatures were obtained in person by famed Beatle fan Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bravo (known as a “Apple Scruff,” Lizzie was also a background singer for the Beatles tune “Across The Universe”), and have been penned across the fabulous image of the Fab Four that graces the gatefold of the album. Accompanying the album is a detailed letter from Bravo in which she recalls her encounters with the band when getting the album signed. Bravo writes, in part, “On Thursday, June 7th, 1967, I went to EMI Studios. Ringo signed my album and asked me why I wasn’t wearing my mustache and I apologized. George signed it too and said hello. I asked ‘Can you sign, John?’ he said, ‘Yes, I can.’ I took photos of him (John) that day. I had flowers for Cynthia. My album (the actual record) fell on the floor and John picked it up for me. I gave him a gift my mother had sent him – a good luck charm from Brazil. He said ‘thanks mum.’ On Thursday, June 8th, 1967, Paul signed my album at EMI. I asked him to sign just his [first] name and he signed Paul Mc, looked around at the other signatures, and said, ‘I ruined your album!’ and stopped writing. I kidded with him that he had just done it on purpose so I would have to buy another album.” [Please note the final image below, a copy of the Polaroid which Lizzie refers to above, which shows John Lennon and Lizzie Bravo while she holds the actual signed LP under her arm.] Looking for a more intimate relic from the group that she had come to personally know and love, Bravo requested that all four members sign with their first name. Although Ringo overlooked her request and boldly signed his standard “Ringo Starr” autograph, Bravo was able to get the three remaining members to sign their first names only (although Paul did begin his last name, as stated in Lizzie’s account). Accomplished in a strong black ballpoint ink, all four signatures stand out beautifully against the album’s bright yellow background with each Beatle signing next to their corresponding images. Handsomely double-matted and housed in an attractive black matte preservation frame (measures 18 x 23 overall), this album stands in overall fine condition. Shortly after obtaining the signatures, Bravo removed the sections containing McCartney’s and Harrison’s signatures to give to a friend. However, after several years Bravo was able to recover the signatures and have the piece professionally restored. Noted Beatles autograph authority Frank Caiazzo, who also provides a letter of authenticity for this album, comments on the condition, “This album was restored beautifully to near its original condition, and the signatures remain unaffected.” An unprecedented opportunity to acquire a true investment grade piece of memorabilia of the highest caliber. From The Tom Fontaine Music Memorabilia Collection.

Last updated on February 26, 2024

Songs recorded


1.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 1


2.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 2


3.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 3


4.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 4


5.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 5


6.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 6


7.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 7


8.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 8


9.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 9


10.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 10


11.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 11


12.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 2 - Take 12


13.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 3 - Take 1


14.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 3 - Take 2


15.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 3 - Take 3


16.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 3 - Take 4


17.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 4 - Take 1


18.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 4 - Take 2


19.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 4 - Take 3


20.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 4 - Take 4


21.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 4 - Take 5


22.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 4 - Take 6


23.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Part 5 - Take 1

Staff

Musicians on "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)"

Paul McCartney:
Piano?, Bass, Flute?
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Guitar, Piano
George Harrison:
Guitar
George Martin:
Piano?
Brian Jones:
Saxophone
?:
Vibraphone, Percussions

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Richard Lush:
Second Engineer

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