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Song facts: Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard

Working at Abbey Road Studios The Beatles recorded two tracks for inclusion on their forthcoming Abbey Road album, on July 24th 1969. The two songs were written by John Lennon: Sun King and Mean Mr. Mustard, appearing as tracks three and four on side 2 of Abbey Road. 

Personnel - Mean Mr. Mustard

  • John Lennon – lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, maracas
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, fuzz bass guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
"That's me, writing a piece of garbage. I'd read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid five-pound notes, not up his nose but somewhere else. No, it had nothing to do with cocaine." - John Lennon
"In Mean Mr Mustard I said 'his sister Pam' - originally it was 'his sister Shirley' in the lyric. I changed it to Pam to make it sound like it had something to do with it [Polythene Pam]. They are only finished bits of crap that I wrote in India." - John Lennon

Personnel - Sun King

  • John Lennon – lead, harmony, and backing vocals, electric guitars, maracas
  • Paul McCartney – harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, tape loops
  • George Harrison – harmony and backing vocals, electric guitars
  • Ringo Starr – drums, bongos, tambourine
  • George Martin – Lowrey organ
"When we came to sing it, to make them different we started joking, saying 'cuando para mucho'. We just made it up. Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, so we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something. And of course we got 'chicka ferdi' - that's a Liverpool expression; it doesn't mean anything, just like 'ha ha ha'. One we missed: we could have had 'para noia', but we forgot all about it. We used to call ourselves Los Para Noias." - John Lennon

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The Beatles at a photo shoot, 1969. 

    The Beatles at a photo shoot, 1969. 

The Beatles at a photo shoot, 1969. 

The Beatles at a photo shoot, 1969. 

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