The Beatles -- ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (2.37)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, hammond organ; Paul McCartney: Lead guitar, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmonica; Ringo Starr: Harmonica, drums, tambourine; Lowry organ: George Martin; Harmonium: George Martin; Harmonica: Mal Evans, Neil Aspinall; Tape effects: George Martin

This was inspired by an old circus poster that John got from an antiques shop, advertising ‘Pablo Fanque’s Circus Royal’ in Rochdale, Lancs in February 1843. It was going to feature “Mr J. Henderson (the celebrated somersault thrower) who would introduce his extraordinary trampoline acts and somersaults over men and horses, through hoops, over garters, and lastly through a hogshead of real fire.” A quick read through the lyrics will show that John lifted this practically word-for-word.

George Martin’s chief memory of the song was him getting knackered on the harmonium: the idea was to pump it with your feet to get the air blowing through the pipes. “I remember only too well pumping with my feet at that bloody harmonium for hour after hour, trying to get it right, and being …

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