Song facts: Oh! Darling
On April 20th 1969, the Beatles recorded Oh! Darling; a Paul McCartney song for the band's forthcoming Abbey Road album.
The Beatles worked on the song during the Let It Be sessions earlier in 1969, but it was never finished. One take from those sessions can be found on the Anthology 3 album, with Billy Preston on keyboards.
During the recording of Abbey Road McCartney would arrive early in the studio for a week, singing Oh! Darling on his own. He wanted his voice to sound slightly warn out, as if he'd been performing it on stage for a week.
According to engineer Geoff Emerick McCartney recorded his vocals while the backing track played out of speakers as opposed to headphones, because he wanted to feel as though he was singing to a live audience.
"Oh! Darling was a great one of Paul's that he didn't sing too well. I always thought I could have done it better – it was more my style than his. He wrote it, so what the hell, he's going to sing it."