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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 17, 1968

The Beatles taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 16, 1968

The Beatles enjoying a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 15, 1968

In UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 14, 1968

George Harrison (left) and British actress RitaTushingham listen as British film star Michael York (right) strums on a sitar in Bombay, India on January 14, 1968.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 13, 1968

The #1 song in the US on January 13, 1968

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 12, 1968

Recording: The Inner Light, Wonderwall Music

EMI Recording Studio, Bombay, India
Producer: George Harrison
Engineers: JP Sen, SN Gupta

George Harrison had flown to India on January 7, 1968 to record the soundtrack for the film Wonderwall. The sessions took place from 9-13 January in Bombay (Mumbai). Work was mostly complete by January 12th.

Keen to maximise the use of his studio time, Harrison recorded a number of additional ragas, which he thought might be suitable for future Beatles recordings. One of these, recorded on this day, became The Inner Light.

The instrumental track was taped in five takes, and was completed back in London on February 6th and 8th 1968. The Bombay musicians included Ashish Khan (sarod), ahapurush Misra (tabla and pakavaj), Sharad Jadev and Hanuman Jadev (shanhais), Shambu-Das, Indril Bhattacharya and Shankar Ghosh (sitar), Chandra Shakher (sur-bahar), Shiv Kumar Sharmar (santorr), SR Kenkare and Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute), Vinayak Vohra (taar shehnai) and Rijram Desad (dholak, harmonium and tabla-tarang).

The Bombay sessions took place at EMI Recording Studios, based at the Universal Insurance Building, Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Rd, Fort, Bombay 400001.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 11, 1968

The #1 song in the US on January 11, 1968

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 10, 1968

Recording: Wonderwall Music by George Harrison

EMI Recording Studio, Bombay, India
Producer: George Harrison
Engineers: JP Sen, SN Gupta

George Harrison had flown to India on 7 January 1968 to record the soundtrack for the film Wonderwall. The second session took place on this day.

The sessions began on 9 January in Bombay (Mumbai), and the soundtrack was mostly complete by 12 January.

On this day Harrison invited camera crews in to film proceedings. Reuters filmed around 45 seconds of colour footage, and BBC News shot slightly less. In the silent footage the musicians are believed to have been working on the track Fantasy Sequins.

The musicians included Ashish Khan (sarod), ahapurush Misra (tabla and pakavaj), Sharad Jadev and Hanuman Jadev (shanhais), Shambu-Das, Indril Bhattacharya and Shankar Ghosh (sitar), Chandra Shakher (sur-bahar), Shiv Kumar Sharmar (santorr), SR Kenkare and Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute), Vinayak Vohra (taar shehnai) and Rijram Desad (dholak, harmonium and tabla-tarang).

The Bombay sessions took place at EMI Recording Studios, based at the Universal Insurance Building, Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Rd, Fort, Bombay 400001.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 9, 1968

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 8, 1968

People in US were listening to Hello Goodbye by The Beatles.