When I'm Sixty-Four

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1967
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1956 (Paul McCartney was 14 years old)

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Song facts

I wrote the tune when I was about 15, I think, on the piano at home, before I moved from Liverpool. It was kind of a cabaret tune. Then, years later, I put words to it.

Paul McCartney – Interview with Playboy Magazine, 1984

From Wikipedia:

“When I’m Sixty-Four” is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. McCartney wrote the song when he was about 14, probably in April or May 1956, and it was one of the first songs he ever wrote. The song was recorded in a key different from the final recording; it was sped up at the request of McCartney to make his voice sound younger. It prominently features a trio of clarinets (two regular clarinets and one bass clarinet) throughout.

Composition

Paul McCartney wrote the melody to “When I’m Sixty-Four” around the age of 14, probably at 20 Forthlin Road in April or May 1956. In 1987, McCartney recalled, “Rock and roll was about to happen that year, it was about to break, [so] I was still a little bit cabaret minded”, and in 1974, “I wrote a lot of stuff thinking I was going to end up in the cabaret, not realizing that rock and roll was particularly going to happen. When I was fourteen there wasn’t much of a clue that it was going to happen.”

The song is sung by a young man to his lover, and is about his plans of their growing old together. Although the theme is ageing, it was one of the first songs McCartney wrote. Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn suggests it was McCartney’s second composition, coming after “Call It Suicide” but before “I Lost My Little Girl“. It was in the Beatles’ setlist in their early days as a song to perform when their amplifiers broke down or the electricity went off. Both George Martin and Lewisohn speculated that McCartney may have thought of the song when recording began for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in December 1966 because his father, Jim McCartney, turned 64 earlier that year.

In 1967, John Lennon said of the song, “Paul wrote it in the Cavern days. We just stuck a few more words on it like ‘grandchildren on your knee’ and ‘Vera, Chuck and Dave’ … this was just one that was quite a hit with us.” Lennon reiterated his lyrical contribution in 1972, stating “I think I helped Paul with some of the words, like ‘Vera, Chuck and Dave’ and ‘Doing the garden, digging the weeds.’” Lennon’s contribution of the children’s names were likely made in the studio. McCartney’s manuscript for the song sold for $55,700 (equivalent to US$102,000 in 2021) at Sotheby’s, London in September 1994.

The song uses applied dominants more than anywhere else on Sgt. Pepper, appearing in the refrain (B–2–3), in a tonicization of VI in the bridge (B) and, as musicologist Walter Everett puts it, “[in] the wide array of jaunty chromatic neighbors and passing tones comparable to those in McCartney’s dad’s ‘Walking in the Park with Eloise'”.

Instrumentation

A clarinet trio (two B♭ clarinets and a bass clarinet) is featured prominently in the song. Scored by Martin, he said they were added at McCartney’s request to “get around the lurking schmaltz factor” by using the clarinets “in a classical way”. One clarinet provides an alto countermelody for the third verse. The bass clarinet doubles McCartney’s bass for the retransitional arpeggiation of V7 at C–1–2. During the chorus, the clarinets add texture by playing legato quarter notes while the bass clarinet plays staccato quarter notes. In the song’s final verse, the clarinet is played in descant with McCartney’s vocal.[citation needed] Supporting instruments include the piano, bass, drum set, tubular bells and electric guitar.

Recording

The Beatles recorded two takes of the song on 6 December 1966, during one of the first sessions for the as-yet-unnamed album that became Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Martin produced, supported by engineers Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald. McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal onto take two without the other Beatles present on 8 December. On 20 December, McCartney, Lennon and George Harrison overdubbed backing vocals and Ringo Starr added the sound of bells.

Martin made two reduction mixes (takes three and four) with the latter best. On 21 December, session musicians Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie and Frank Reidy overdubbed two clarinets and a bass clarinet onto take four. Emerick later explained, “The clarinets on that track became a very personal sound for me; I recorded them so far forward that they became one of the main focal points.” Martin recalled, “I remember recording it in the cavernous Number One studio at Abbey Road and thinking how the three clarinet players looked as lost as a referee and two linesmen alone in the middle of Wembley Stadium.” On the same day, Martin remixed the song for mono three times, although this was only a demo version. He made four new mono mixes on 29 December.

On 30 December, unsatisfied with all of these attempts, McCartney suggested speeding up the track to raise it by around a semitone from its original key of C major to D♭ major. Martin remembers that McCartney suggested this change to make his voice sound younger. McCartney says, “I wanted to appear younger, but that was just to make it more rooty-tooty; just lift the key because it was starting to sound turgid.” Martin, Emerick and Richard Lush made the sped-up remix from take four on 17 April 1967. Musicologist Michael Hannan comments on the completed track: “The rich timbres of the clarinets give the mix a fuller, fatter sound than many of the other tracks on the album.”

Release

The song was nearly released on a single as the B-side of either “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “Penny Lane“. It was instead held over to be included as an album track for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Everett comments that the protagonist of “When I’m Sixty-Four” is sometimes associated with the Lonely Hearts Club Band concept, but in his opinion the song is thematically unconnected to others on the album.

According to author George Case, all of the songs on Sgt. Pepper were perceived by contemporary listeners as being drug-inspired, with 1967 marking the pinnacle of LSD’s influence on pop music. Some fans viewed the lyric “digging the weeds” from “When I’m Sixty-Four” as a possible drug allusion. In August 1967, The Beatles Book published an article discussing whether the album was “too advanced for the average pop fan”. One reader complained that all the songs except “Sgt. Pepper” and “When I’m Sixty-Four” were “over our heads”, adding, “The Beatles ought to stop being so clever and give us tunes we can enjoy.”

“When I’m Sixty-Four” was included in the Beatles’ 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. It was also used over the opening credits of the 1982 film The World According to Garp.

Giles Martin remixed the song for inclusion on the album’s 50th anniversary release in 2017. Martin mixed the song from the original tapes rather than their subsequent mixdowns. Take 2 of the song was included as a bonus track on the deluxe edition.

Critical reception

Reviewing Sgt. Pepper for The New Yorker, Lillian Ross described “When I’m Sixty-Four” as a charming and tasteful parody, “but, like the best parody, it is written with affection, and it has an excellence in its own right, independent of its value as parody.” Peter Clayton of Gramophone magazine characterised the song as a pastiche of George Formby, but added it has “a kind of gentle affectionateness about it – and a certain meaty substance – which raise it well above mere kidding”. In his review of the album for The Times, William Mann describes the song as a vaudeville number, “which comments pointedly on this old-time vogue and its relevance for modern beat song.”

In Richard Goldstein’s scathing review of the album for The New York Times, he said that the song is not mocking in its tone, but complained that “an honest vision is ruined by the background which seeks to enhance it.”

In his book Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald describes the song as being “aimed chiefly at parents, and as a result got a cool reception from the group’s own generation”. He adds that the song borrows heavily from the English music hall style of George Formby, while invoking images of the illustrator Donald McGill’s seaside postcards. Allan Moore views it as a synthesis of ragtime and pop, adding that its position following Harrison’s “Within You Without You” – a blend of Indian classical music and pop – demonstrates the diversity of the album’s material. He says the music hall atmosphere is reinforced by McCartney’s vocal delivery and the recording’s use of chromaticism, a harmonic pattern that can be traced to Scott Joplin’s “The Ragtime Dance” and The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss. He further adds the complementary nature of young and old found in the song influenced the composition of Oasis’s 1995 song “She’s Electric”.

Tim Riley writes that “When I’m Sixty-Four” represents “the McCartney side of Elvis‘s corny hokum”. Walter Everett agrees with Riley’s description, adding that “this penchant for the audience-charming vaudeville sketch led to McCartney preferences that Lennon detested the most.” BBC Music critic Chris Jones describes the song as “pure nostalgia for his parents’ golden age” and cites this an example of Sgt. Pepper being “less a kicking out of the jams, more a spreading them on scones at teatime”. […]

Legacy

On the occasion of McCartney’s 64th birthday in June 2006, a month after the singer’s separation from his wife Heather Mills, Paul Vallely of The Independent wrote an appreciation that focused on the song’s message. Describing McCartney’s birthday as “a cultural milestone for a generation”, Vallely commented that the widespread support for the former Beatle and corresponding derision of Mills “tells us more about us than it does about her”. To mark the occasion, McCartney’s grandchildren recorded a new version of “When I’m Sixty-Four” for him at Abbey Road. In The New York Times, Sam Roberts likened McCartney’s failure to fulfil the song’s promise of retirement-age contentment with Mills to America’s divorce rates and other socio-economic problems afflicting citizens in their sixties.


From RollingStone, May 26, 2017:

[…] Jim [McCartney] encouraged his sons to learn how to play piano, noting that it would lead to plenty of party invites. McCartney was eager, but Jim refused to pass along his untutored technique. “I would say, ‘Teach us a bit,’ and he would reply, ‘If you want to learn, you’ve got to learn properly,'” McCartney remembers. “It was the old ethic that to learn, you should get a teacher.” But teachers conjured up images of schoolwork, hardly appealing for a young boy. “In the end, I learnt to play by ear, just like him, making it all up.”

Before long he was making up melodies of his own, one of the earliest being “When I’m Sixty-Four,” a jaunty tune that straddled the line between homage and parody. “I’d started fiddling around on my dad’s piano. I wrote ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ on that when I was still 16 – it was all rather tongue-in-cheek – and I never forgot it. I wrote that tune vaguely thinking it could come in handy in a musical comedy or something.” Largely written before Presley and the rest of the rock brigade had fully conquered British shores, it’s a fascinating look at McCartney’s early aspirations. “When I started songwriting, it wasn’t to write rock & roll. It was to write for Sinatra. It was to write cabaret,” he says in a 1992 episode of The South Bank Show.

The song stuck around, becoming a jokey party piece in the Beatles’ early repertoire when they played Liverpool’s Cavern Club. John Lennon, rarely one to openly embrace the sentimental, shared fond memories of the tune to Hunter Davies. “It was just one of those ones that he’d had, that we’ve all got, really; half a song. And this was just one that was quite a hit with us. We used to do them when amps broke down, just sing it on the piano.” The Beatles’ former drummer, Pete Best, has also recalled Paul launching into the song during onstage power failures, giving authenticity to the line, “I could be handy mending a fuse when your lights have gone.”

“When I’m Sixty-Four” seemed doomed to wallow in obscurity until the fall of 1966. Jim had turned 64 that July, but more likely it was the recent spate of Twenties throwback groups – the New Vaudeville Band, the Temperance Seven and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band among them – that made Paul reconsider his primitive composition. “I thought it was a good little tune but it was too Vaudevillian, so I had to get some cod lines to take the sting out of it, and put the tongue very firmly in cheek,” he told Miles “I did it in a rooty-tooty variety style.” In spite of, or perhaps because of, its age, it seemed to fit the psychedelic variety show McCartney had been conceptualizing for the next Beatles album. […]

From earlybeatlessongs:

This famous song was also conceived as a piano instrumental, written circa 1956. As a jaunty tune, is was scarcely suitable for group performance after McCartney joined the rock-oriented Quarry Men, but he used to hammer out renditions on stage pianos at the Cavern and other venues, usually as a time-filler, particularly when there was a power cut or other unexpected interruption (not infrequent in those turbulent days!). There is no indication that he considered it proper Beatles material at that point, or even had it as a complete song.

When his father turned 64 in mid-1966, McCartney remembered this old tune composed on Dad’s piano, and filled it out with some appropriate lyrics. (Lennon has said that “more” words were added in 1966, implying that there may have been a part-lyric written at some point prior to this.) The song of course became part of the Beatles’ official discography with its release on Sgt Pepper in 1967, its old-time flavour quaint in the midst of so much psychedelia.

It has of course surfaced many times since, including an odd rendition (to the chords of a different song!) during the Get Back sessions of 1969. On the DVD, In The World Tonight (1997), there is footage of McCartney at the piano, plodding his way through the chords, and whistling the melody over the top. This brief snippet is probably nearer the song’s 1956 incarnation than the now famous Beatles recording.


Deprived as we now were of two beautiful tracks with the single release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’, the first song that we did earmark for use on the new album was ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’. This, on the face of it, was a whimsical, music-hall number, the sort that Paul loved to do from time to time, and very straightforward to record. The song had been lurking around in Paul’s mind for a long, long time, ever since I first knew him. In fact, when the group’s amplifiers broke down in the Cavern club, as they frequently did, the Beatles used to fill in the gap while repairs were being done by knocking out this song, among others, with acoustic guitar backing.

I am sure Paul wrote ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ with his father in mind. Paul’s father had played in a dance band in the post-war years. It so happened that Jim McCartney was sixty-four years old in July 1966. Jim loved music-hall stuff, corny popular songs, the kind of thing that Paul normally wouldn’t tolerate. Nevertheless, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four was not a send-up but a kind of nostalgic, if ever-so-slightly satirical tribute to his dad.

On one level, I am sure it was an echo of the songs Jim played when Paul was young. It’s almost a Des O’Connor number. It is also not really much of a Beatles song, in that the other Beatles did not have much to do on it.

George Martin – From “With A Little Help From My Friends: The Making of Sgt. Pepper“, 1995

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

“When I’m Sixty-Four” was a case of me looking for stuff to do for Pepper. I thought it was a good little tune but it was too vaudevillian, so I had to get some cod lines to take the sting out of it, and put the tongue very firmly in cheek. “Will you still need me?” is still a love song. “Will you still look after me?”, okay, but “Will you still feed me?” goes into Goon Show humour. I mean,
imagine having three kids called Vera, Chuck and Dave! It was very tongue in cheek and that to me is the attraction of it. I liked “indicate precisely what…” I like words that are exact, that you might find on a form. It’s a nice phrase, it scans.

It’s pretty much my song. I did it in rooty-tooty variety style. George Martin in his book says that I had it speeded up because I wanted to appear younger but I think that was just to make it more rooty-tooty; just lift the key because it was starting to sound a little turgid. George helped me on a clarinet arrangement. I would specify the sound and I love clarinets so “Could we have a clarinet quartet?” “Absolutely.” I’d give him a fairly good idea of what I wanted and George would score it because I couldn’t do that. He was very helpful to us. Of course, when George Martin was sixty-four I had to send him a bottle of wine.

On my birthday in 1991 Paul and Linda McCartney sent me a superb bottle of claret, an ’83 Château Margaux. A little note attached to it said simply: “Birthday greetings, bottle of wine.” It was a very kind thought, but he was a year out: I am even older! I was sixty-four the year before, in 1990.

George Martin – From “With A Little Help From My Friends: The Making of Sgt. Pepper“, 1995

When you wrote “When I’m Sixty-Four,” what did you think you’d be doing at 40?

We used to laugh at the idea of still rocking at 40. I remember when I was a kid and there’d be these pop guys, like Frank Ifield, who seemed ancient and he was only 25. We were sure the whole thing would be over at 30. Then, you start pushing it back to 35 and 40 and, now…45? The truth is I’m still very excited about the future musically. I suddenly realized I’ve got millions of musical ambitions. There are so many things I still haven’t done. It’s been real liberating working with some new musicians.

Paul McCartney – Interview with Los Angeles Times, 1982

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

[a] mono 30 Dec 1966.
UK: Parlophone PMC 7026 Sgt Pepper 1967.
US: Capitol MAS 3653 Sgt Pepper 1967.

[b] stereo 17 Apr 1967.
UK: Parlophone PCS 7026 Sgt Pepper 1967.
US: Capitol SMAS 3653 Sgt Pepper 1967.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46442 2 Sgt Pepper 1987.

The tape was speeded up when mixed.

From Paul McCartney’s lyrics for When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles Bible

Last updated on January 25, 2023

The book "The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present", published in 2021, covers Paul McCartney's early Liverpool days, the Beatles, Wings, and solo careers, by pairing the lyrics of 154 of his songs with first-person commentaries of the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now.

"When I'm Sixty-Four" is one of the 154 songs covered.

Lyrics

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings, go for a ride

Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage on the
Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forever more
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?
Hoo!

Officially appears on


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono)

LP • Released in 1967

2:38 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Stereo)

LP • Released in 1967

2:38 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Yellow Submarine Songtrack

Official album • Released in 1999

2:38 • Studio versionC • Stereo • 1999 remix

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Paul Hicks :
Remix engineer assistant
Mirek Stiles :
Remix engineer assistant
Peter Cobbin :
Remix engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Circa 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

2:38 • Studio versionA2009 • Mono • 2009 mono remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Paul Hicks :
Remastering
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

2:38 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono - 2014 vinyl)

LP • Released in 2014

2:38 • Studio versionA2014 • Mono • 2014 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Steve Berkowitz :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary boxset)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:38 • Studio versionD • Stereo • 2017 stereo mix

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Giles Martin :
Producer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Sam Okell :
Mix engineer
Miles Showell :
Mastering engineer
Sean Magee :
Mastering engineer
Matt Mysko :
Mix assistant
Greg McAllister :
Mix assistant
Matthew Cocker :
Transfer engineer
James Clark :
Audio restoration
Adam Sharp :
Mix coordination

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary boxset)

Official album • Released in 2017

3:00 • Studio versionE • Take 2. Starts with a "Take Two" announcement and some warm up but the rest is just the released take (minus overdubs), so this is not actual Take 2 (Takes 1 and 2 were instrumental). This is Take 2 Vocal Overdub (the same as the released version, Giles could have use a different vocal take but he didn’t) recorded two days later.

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Dec 08, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary boxset)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:40 • Studio versionA • 1967 mix

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Picture Disc - Limited Edition - 2017)

LP • Released in 2017

2:38 • Studio versionD • Stereo • 2017 stereo mix

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Giles Martin :
Producer
Robert Burns :
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie :
Clarinet
Frank Reidy :
Clarinet
Sam Okell :
Mix engineer
Miles Showell :
Mastering engineer
Sean Magee :
Mastering engineer
Matt Mysko :
Mix assistant
Greg McAllister :
Mix assistant
Matthew Cocker :
Transfer engineer
James Clark :
Audio restoration
Adam Sharp :
Mix coordination

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 30, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

2:46 • Alternate take • RS From Takes 2 and 4 stereo V1


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

0:30 • Alternate take • Unknown Take mono


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

2:40 • Alternate take • RS From Takes 2 and 4 stereo V2


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

2:39 • Alternate take • RS From Takes 2 and 4 stereo V3


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

2:43 • Alternate take • Rock Band Mix


Live performances

“When I'm Sixty-Four” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where When I'm Sixty-Four has been played


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10 Things I’d Like to Tell My 14-year-old Self – Pam B. Newberry 6 years ago

[…] Sixty-Four,” (Listen to song on Ultimate Classic Rock) has been a song I’ve loved since it’s release in 1967. Tomorrow, I turn sixty-four. So, while listening to this classic Beatles’ song, I thought […]


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