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Long time ago when we was fab

Song facts: Flying

On September 8th 1967, the Beatles recorded Flying, an instrumental track for their Magical Mystery Tour album and film. The song has the distinction of being one of the very few pieces of music written by all four Beatles. The last track they were all credited on was 12 Bar Instrumental, recorded in 1965 and released on Anthology 2.

The song was originally titled Aerial Tour Ballet and lasted over nine minutes long. The Beatles eventually cut that down to 2 minutes 17 seconds. Flying appears as track number three on Magical Mystery Tour

Personnel

  • John Lennon – wordless vocals, mellotron, organ, sound effects
  • Paul McCartney – wordless vocals, bass, guitar
  • George Harrison – wordless vocals, guitar
  • Ringo Starr – wordless vocals, drums, maracas, sound effects
John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the set of Magical Mystery Tour, 1967. 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the set of Magical Mystery Tour, 1967. 

John Lennon getting off the Magical Mystery Tour bus in Newquay, 1967. 

John Lennon getting off the Magical Mystery Tour bus in Newquay, 1967.