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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 23, 1967

Recording: Your Mother Should Know

Chappell Recording Studios, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: John Timperley

This was the second recording session for the Magical Mystery Tour song Your Mother Should Know, and took place at the independent London studio Chappell.

A reduction mix was firstly created to allow for more overdubs. This mix, numbered take nine, combined both of Paul McCartney's vocal tracks into one, and piano and drums onto another.

Two more tracks of backing vocals were then recorded, and rhythm guitar added to the choruses. The song was then left until 16 September 1967.

This was The Beatles' final recording session prior to the death of their manager Brian Epstein on August 27, 1967. Epstein was actually present during this session, although his involvement was minimal.

He came in to hear the playbacks looking extremely down and in a bad mood. He just stood at the back of the room listening, not saying much.
John Timperley
Source: The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
 
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 22, 1967

Recording: Your Mother Should Know

Chappell Recording Studios, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: John Timperley

The Beatles' first recording session since June 26, 1967 took place at Chappell Recording Studios in Maddox Street, London, as EMI Studios was fully booked.

The Beatles worked on Your Mother Should Know, a Paul McCartney composition written for the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack. They recorded eight takes of the backing track, with McCartney on piano and Ringo Starr on drums.

McCartney then added two vocal overdubs onto the eighth take, and a rough mix was made. An acetate disc was pressed of this mix, and was used during the production of the Magical Mystery Tour film.

 

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Ringo Starr arrives at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London August 20, 1967, to visit his wife Maureen and their newly born, second son.

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Jason Starkey is born

Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey's second son, Jason, was born on 19 August 1967. He was the third Beatles baby after Julian Lennon and Zak Starkey.

Like his elder brother, Jason was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London. His name was chosen by his mother.

In later years Jason worked in the music industry, becoming a road manager and drummer. He once described his famous family as a burden, saying: "Being Ringo Starr's son is the biggest drag of my life. It's a total pain."

In 1987 Jason Starkey was fined £125 after being caught stealing a car stereo, and two years later appeared twice in court on drugs charges. He played in a succession of bands including Buddy Curtis and the Grasshoppers, The People's Friend, Empire Of Sponge, and with his brother Zak, Musty Jack Sponge and the Exploding Nudists.

Despite his earlier problems with drugs and the law, Jason settled down in England with his wife Flora and two sons Louie and Sonny.

 

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