Recording "Doctor Robert"

Sunday, April 17, 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.
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master release

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This was the eighth day of the recording sessions for the “Revolver” album. From 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm, The Beatles started recording a new song by John Lennon, titled “Doctor Robert“. It was a relatively straightforward track to record, compared to the more experimental songs recorded so far, such as “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Rain“.

After a series of unnumbered rehearsal takes, they recorded seven takes of the backing track, with John Lennon on rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney on bass, George Harrison on maracas and Ringo Starr on drums. Take 7 was deemed the best, and they started adding overdubs onto it. John added some harmonium parts, George added his lead guitar, and Paul some piano (this piano part was not included in the song’s final mix). At this stage, the song lasted 2 minutes 56 seconds but would be edited to 2:13 during the mixing process.

The Beatles would complete the recording of “Doctor Robert” by adding all the vocals, on April 19, 1966.

Last updated on October 14, 2022

Songs recorded


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7

Album Officially released on Revolver (Super Deluxe - 2022)


Musicians on "Doctor Robert"

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Bass
Ringo Starr:
John Lennon:
Harmonium, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Maracas

Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Phil McDonald:
Second Engineer

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