Recording and mixing "Good Day Sunshine"

Thursday, June 9, 1966 • For The Beatles

Part of


Recording "Revolver"

April 6 - June 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Revolver (UK Mono) LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release


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About

This was the 29th day of the recording sessions for the “Revolver” album.

The previous day, The Beatles recorded the rhythm track and the first overdubs of Paul McCartney’s “Good Day Sunshine“, under the working title “A Good Day’s Sunshine“. On this day, in an afternoon session lasting from 2:30 pm to 8 pm, they completed the recording of this track by adding more overdubs onto take 1.

George Martin added a honky-tonk piano solo, to complete Paul’s piano, recorded with varispeed (the tape machine was running faster than usual, at 56 cycles per second as opposed to the normal 50, so that it was both slower and lower upon playback).

Ringo Starr supplemented his drum part with additional contributions on snare, bass drum and crash cymbals, the latter at the end of the intro and over the choruses.

Paul, George Harrison and John Lennon provided additional backing vocals for the coda and some hand claps during the final verse and chorus.

Six mono mixes of “Good Day Sunshine” were made at the end of the session. None of those mixes were used and new ones would be made on June 22, 1966.

Last updated on October 21, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 1


2.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 1 from take 1


3.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 2 from take 1


4.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 3 from take 1


5.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 4 from take 1


6.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 5 from take 1


7.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mixing - Remix 6 from take 1

Staff

Musicians on "Good Day Sunshine"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Hand claps
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Hand claps, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Hand claps, Backing vocals
George Martin:
Piano

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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