A Guide to 12 Acoustic Guitar-Based Tracks on The Beatles' 'White Album'
"BLACKBIRD" Recorded June 11, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Said to have been inspired by news of race riots in America, Paul McCartney's "Blackbird" -- rivaled, among Beatles songs, only by George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" for sheer acoustic guitar virtuosity -- was recorded in a single session. The recording was especially efficient, with McCartney simultaneously fingerpicking his flowing counterpoint lines and singing while a metronome ticked away in the background. After 32 attempts (11 of them complete), McCartney nailed the perfect take. As a crowning touch, he dubbed onto the recording the sound of chirping blackbirds, courtesy of the Abbey Road taped sound effects collection. George Martin was kept particularly busy during this session: While producing "Blackbird" in Abbey Road's Studio Two, he was also overseeing John Lennon's work on "Revolution 9" in Studio Three.