The Beatles Recorded Hey Jude at Trident Studios of London Today in 1968

Following two days of rehearsals and rough takes

of a new Paul McCartney song 

The Beatles finally began recording Hey Jude properly


The session took place on July 31st in 1968

from 2pm thru 4am at Trident Studios

at 17 St Anne's Court, London


Unlike Abbey Road that used four-track recorders

Trident had operational eight-track recording facilities

The Beatles were keen to exploit the new technology


The group recorded four takes of the rhythm track

with Paul McCartney on piano and guide vocals

John Lennon playing acoustic guitar

George Harrison on electric guitar

Ringo Starr on drums


Take one was considered the best

and further overdubs were added on this night and the next


Paul McCartney commented on the recording session

There is an amusing story about recording it

We were at Trident Studios in Soho

Ringo walked out to go to the toilet and I hadn't noticed

The toilet was only a few yards from his drum booth

he'd gone past my back and I still thought he was in his drum booth

I started what was the actual take

'Hey Jude' goes on for hours before the drums come in

while I was doing it I suddenly felt Ringo tiptoeing

past my back rather quickly trying to get to his drums

just as he got to his drums

boom boom boom

his timing was absolutely impeccable

So I think when those things happen

you have a little laugh

and a light bulb goes off in your head

and you think

This is the take!

you put a little more into it

You think, oh, fuck!

This has got to be the take

what just happened was so magic!

So we did that and we made a pretty good record!



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