Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hello Goodbye

"Hello Goodbye" was a McCartney composition recorded at Abbey Road Studios on October 2, 1967 and was included on the Magical Mystery Tour LP. The most interesting Beatles fact is that Lennon thoroughly disliked the song and was aggravated that it was issued as a single, being the A side to his "I Am the Walrus," the B side. The single was released in the U.S. on November 27, 1967, and in the UK on December 9, 1967.

The instruments used to play "Hello Goodbye" were probably the ones used in the song's promotional video, in which the group appears onstage, dressed in their Sgt. Pepper's outfits. The Beatles lip sync the song for the promo and do not actually play the instruments.

McCartney played Rickenbacker bass and sang lead and backing vocals; Lennon played organ, acoustic guitar (probably a Martin D-28), and sang backing vocals; Harrison played lead with an Epiphone (sunburst) Casino; and Starr played drums and maracas. Two session musicians played violas.

The song was used by McCartney as the opening number of his extended U.S. tour in 2002.

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