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Song facts: Honey Pie

On October 1st 1968, the Beatles recorded a new Paul McCartney song Honey Pie for the band's forthcoming White Album. The track was recorded at Trident Studios, London. 

Honey Pie was written solely by McCartney as a homage to the old British music hall style of music. Honey Pie, an actress who hits the big time in the USA leaves behind a lover forlorn and lamenting her return on the boat that took her from him. To get the authentic effect on Paul's voice George Martin fed his vocals through a compressor and superimposed actually noise from a scratchy old phonograph record. 

"We put a sound on my voice to make it sound like a scratchy old record. So it's not a parody, it's a nod to the vaudeville tradition that I was raised on."

Paul McCartney

"Both John and I had a great love for music hall, what the Americans call vaudeville... I very much liked that old crooner style, the strange fruity voice that they used, so Honey Pie was me writing one of them to an imaginary woman, across the ocean, on the silver screen, who was called Honey Pie. It's another of my fantasy songs."

Paul McCartney

John played a brilliant solo on Honey Pie - sounded like Django Reinhardt or something. It was one of them where you just close your eyes and happen to hit all the right notes... sounded like a little jazz solo.

George Harrison

Personnel

Additional

  • Harry Klein – saxophone
  • Dennis Walton – saxophone
  • Ronald Chamberlain – saxophone
  • Jim Chester – saxophone
  • Rex Morris – saxophone
  • Raymond Newman – clarinet
  • David Smith – clarinet
The Beatles working on Honey Pie for the White Album, at Trident Studios, October 1st 1968. 

The Beatles working on Honey Pie for the White Album, at Trident Studios, October 1st 1968. 

Paul McCartney and George Harrison recording Honey Pie with session musicians, October 1st 1968. 

Paul McCartney and George Harrison recording Honey Pie with session musicians, October 1st 1968.