The Beatles -- ‘Babys In Black’

Baby’s In Black (2.08)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

This was pretty much completed in fourteen takes, but they spent another thirteen trying to perfect the opening guitar. It was the first time that they had used a volume swell on tape, and you were supposed to play a note with the peddle up and then bring it in for a gradual swelling sound… “but I could never co-ordinate it,” said George. “So what we did was, I played the part, and John would kneel down in front of me and turn my guitar’s volume control.” You can hear this effect at the beginning and end of the song.

There was some speculation that the “baby in black” was actually Astrid Kirchherr, mourning the death of Stuart Sutcliffe, but no one really knows.

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