Yes we’re going to a party, party (The Beatles)

It’s said “Birthday” from The Beatles’ White Album began as a jam session in the early hours of Sept. 18, 1968, and was finished (22 takes later) that night. Paul McCartney wrote the song’s main guitar riff as a ’50s-style 12-bar-blues-based rock’n’roll tune, claiming it is derived from both the opening of Little Richard’s “Lucille” and Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

Chris Thomas produced the session at Abbey Road studios because George Martin was on vacation. The first pass of recordings featured McCartney on guitar, George Harrison on bass, John Lennon on tambourine and Ringo Starr on drums. Lennon’s second guitar and McCartney’s piano and handclaps were overdubbed later that evening, as were the John and Paul dual vocals. All four Beatles sang “I would like you to dance”, with Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison responding “birthday.”

I have nothing against the vocals, but just listening to the instrumental track is amazing.

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