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Beatles A Day in the Life Blog posts of '1969' 'March'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 2, 1969

Morgan Studios in London.

The second session was produced again by Paul McCartneyfor Mary Hopkin's single Goodbye.

Sparrow, the single's b-side, was also recorded in these sessions, the first of which had taken place on the previous day.

Goodbye was also written by Paul McCartney.  For the studio version Hopkin sang and performed acoustic guitar, while McCartney played bass guitar, an acoustic guitar introduction and solo, ukulele, thigh-slapping percussion and drums. Backing vocals, horns and strings, arranged by Richard Hewson, were also added.

Sparrow was written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, a songwriting duo signed to Apple Publishing who found fame as Gallagher And Lyle in the 1970s. Hopkin sang and played guitar, McCartney added maracas, a session musician played upright bass, and Hewson arranged a choir part.

Morgan Studios was situated at 169-171 High Road in Willesden Green, London. McCartney recorded part of his debut album there in 1970, and shortly afterwards Ringo Starr recorded his debut, Sentimental Journey, there.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 1, 1969

Morgan Studios in London

Paul McCartney produced a session for Mary Hopkin at Morgan Studios in London.

Goodbye, the follow-up single to Hopkin's debut Those Were The Days and Sparrow.

McCartney wrote "Goodbye". He had recorded a solo demo at his home in February 1969.

On Goodbye Hopkin sang and performed acoustic guitar, while McCartney played bass guitar, an acoustic guitar introduction and solo, thigh-slapping percussion, ukulele and drums. Backing vocals, horns and strings, arranged by Richard Hewson, were also added.

The b-side, Sparrow, was written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, a songwriting duo signed to Apple Publishing who found fame as Gallagher And Lyle in the 1970s. Hopkin sang and played guitar, McCartney added maracas, a session musician played upright bass, and Hewson arranged a choir part.

Although I'm flattered that Paul wrote Goodbye especially for me, it was, I believe, a step in the wrong direction for me. The session was filmed by Apple's Tony Bramwell for a promotional clip. In the footage, Hopkin is seen miming to the song inside the studio, and there are shots of her and McCartney in the control room listening to a playback.