Song facts: When I'm Sixty-Four

On December 6th 1966, the Beatles recorded Paul McCartney's When I'm Sixty-Four for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club; although at this stage the album was still untitled. This was the first song the Beatles recorded for their forthcoming psychedelic masterpiece. 

Two takes of the basic track were recorded, with Paul on bass and Ringo on drums. The second of which was considered the best and used for later overdubs.


When I'm Sixty-Four is one of McCartney's earliest compositions, written when he was only 16. Producer George Martin has speculated that McCartney chose to use this particular song for Sgt. Pepper because his father Jim turned 64 earlier that year. 

"Paul wrote it in the Cavern days. We just stuck a few more words on it like 'grandchildren on your knee' and 'Vera, Chuck and Dave' ... this was just one that was quite a hit with us."

John Lennon


  • Paul McCartney – lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, piano
  • John Lennon – backing vocals, lead guitar
  • George Harrison – backing vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, chimes
  • Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie, Frank Reidy – two clarinets, bass clarinet
 Paul McCartney recording Sgt. Pepper, 1967. 

Paul McCartney recording Sgt. Pepper, 1967. 

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