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Long time ago when we was fab

Song facts: Birthday

On September 18th 1968, the Beatles recorded Birthday for the White Album.

Paul arrived early in the morning at Abbey Road to work on a guitar piece; then the other Beatles arrived later and started jamming with Paul and the track just grew out of that.

"We thought, Why not make something up? So we got a riff going and arranged it around this riff. So that is 50-50 John and me, made up on the spot and recorded all in the same evening."

Paul McCartney

"Birthday was written in the studio; just made up on the spot. I think Paul wanted to write a song like 'Happy Birthday Baby', the old fifties hit. But it was sort of made up in the studio. It was a piece of garbage."

John Lennon

20 takes of the song were recorded, with take 19 chosen as the best. Pattie Boyd and Yoko Ono sang backing vocals and Beatles' friend and road manager Mal Evans joined in providing hand claps.

Birthday appears as the opening track on side 2 of the Beatles' White Album and is an ode to their early rock and roll roots, with its sparse production values and simple rock structure.

Personnel

John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoting Apple Corps, 1968. 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoting Apple Corps, 1968. 

Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoting the Beatles' newly formed Apple Corps, 1968.

Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoting the Beatles' newly formed Apple Corps, 1968.