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Song facts: Because

The Beatles recorded Because on August 1st 1969, at Abbey Road Studios, London. Unbeknownst to them at the time this would mark the very last time the band began recording a track together. 23 takes in all were recorded, with take 16 chosen as the best. 

Because was written by John Lennon and features three part harmonies from John, Paul and George. Their vocals were overdubbed twice, give a lush-sounding nine voices to the song. It first appeared on side 2 of the Beatles' Abbey Road album on September 26th, 1969. An unused take of the song without the instrumentation was issued on Anthology 3 in 1996.

"Having done the backing track, John, Paul and George sang the harmony. Then we overlaid it twice more, making nine-part harmony altogether, three voices recorded three times. I was literally telling them what notes to sing."

- George Martin

Paul McCartney playing a moog during an Abbey Road session, 1969.

Paul McCartney playing a moog during an Abbey Road session, 1969.

Origins 

According to Lennon, Yoko Ono was playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on the piano and he asked her if she could play the chords backwards. This became the basis for the track.

"Between us, we also created a backing track with John playing a riff on guitar, me duplicating every note on an electronic harpsichord, and Paul playing bass. Each note between the guitar and harpsichord had to be exactly together, and as I'm not the world's greatest player in terms of timing, I would make more mistakes than John did, so we had Ringo playing a regular beat on hi-hat to us through our headphones."

- George Martin

 Personnel

John Lennon playing a moog during an Abbey Road session, 1969.

John Lennon playing a moog during an Abbey Road session, 1969.