▲衝撃！！ the long & winding road はスペクター作であった Spector made various changes to the songs, but his most dramatic embellishments occurred on 1 April 1970, the last ever Beatles recording session, when he added orchestral overdubs to "The Long and Winding Road", "Across the Universe" and "I Me Mine" at Abbey Road Studios. The only member of the Beatles present was Starr, who played drums with the session musicians to create Spector's characteristic "Wall of Sound". Already known for his eccentric behaviour in the studio, Spector was in a peculiar mood that day, as balance engineer Peter Bown recalled: "He wanted tape echo on everything, he had to take a different pill every half hour and had his bodyguard with him constantly. He was on the point of throwing a wobbly, saying 'I want to hear this, I want to hear that. I must have this, I must have that.'" Bown and the orchestra eventually became so annoyed by Spector's behaviour that the orchestra refused to play any further, and at one point, Bown left for home, forcing Spector to telephone him and persuade him into coming back after Starr had told Spector to calm down.] Finally, Spector succeeded in overdubbing "The Long and Winding Road", using 8 violins, four violas, four cellos, three trumpets, three trom bones, two guitars, and a choir of 14 women. The orchestra was scored and conducted by Richard Hewson, who would later work with McCartney on his album, Thrillington. This lush orchestral treatment was in direct contrast to the Beatles' stated intentions for a "real" recording when they began work on Get Back
Sir George Martin wants the credit notes changed on one of the Beatles biggest hits - to reflect his contributions. The producer and composer is unhappy that 41 years after its release on the band's "Help!" album, his name is still not included - even though he wrote all the string arrangements for the hit single. "We didn't know what to do with it. It was such a soppy tune, so I went away and wrote a score for a string quartet to go with it," he says. "Two days later I was rehearsing it and Paul McCartney walked in. He'd never seen a score before, and he said, 'It hasn't got my name on it.' So I handed him a pencil and he signed it. "He wrote John Lennon's name too - although he had nothing to do with it - and added Esquire to mine." According to biographers, the track - which sits in the Guinness Book Of Records as the most covered song in history - came to McCartney in a dream one night.
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"Fixing A Hole" - Mal Evans cowrote the song with Paul, but took a one-time payment rather than a songwriting credit. Not plagiarism, because Evans was a willing party to the arrangement, but it sure is weird.