Song facts: Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine is a Beatles' song written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney. It appears as the opening track on side two of the band's Revolver album. McCartney has said he drew inspiration from the music of John Sebastian and The Lovin' Spoonful when composing the song.

"It was really very much a nod to The Lovin' Spoonful's Daydream, the same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel. That was our favourite record of theirs. Good Day Sunshine was me trying to write something similar to Daydream. John and I wrote it together at Kenwood, but it was basically mine, and he helped me with it." - Paul McCartney

 

Revolver front cover, 1966.

Revolver front cover, 1966.

Paul McCartney 1966. 

Paul McCartney 1966. 

Recording

On June 8th 1966, The Beatles recorded the backing track for Good Day Sunshine during an 8 hour session at Abbey Road, with the working title of A Good Day's Sunshine. Three takes of the rhythm track were recorded; the first of which was chosen as the master for later overdubs.

The following day on June 9th the track was completed, with producer George Martin adding his piano solo and Ringo recording his drum work. The Beatles also added hand claps and additional harmonies on this day.

Paul McCartney 1966. 

Paul McCartney 1966. 

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – bass, lead vocals, piano, hand claps
  • John Lennon – guitar, harmony vocal, hand claps
  • George Harrison – harmony vocal, hand claps
  • Ringo Starr – drums, hand claps
  • George Martin – piano solo