Recording Personnel

The ‘White Album’ Sessions Recording Personnel

George Harrison

Lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, four- and six-string bass guitar; Hammond organ; drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, hand-shake bell, handclaps and vocal percussion) and sound effects.

John Lennon

Lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, 4 and 6-string bass guitar; pianos (electric and acoustic), Hammond organ, harmonium, mellotron; drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, maraccas, thumping on the back of an acoustic guitar, handclaps and vocal percussion); harmonica, saxophone and whistling; tapes, tape loops and sound effects (electronic and home-made).

Paul McCartney

Lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, 4 and 6-string bass guitar; pianos (electric and acoustic), Hammond organ, drums, timpani and assorted percussion (tambourine, handclaps and vocal percussion; drums on “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Dear Prudence”); recorder, flugelhorn and sound effects.

Ringo Starr

Drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, bongos, cymbals, maracas, vocal percussion); lead vocals, electric piano and sleigh bell (on “Don’t Pass Me By”) , lead vocals (on “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Good Night”) and backing vocals (“The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”).

Guest Musicians & Friends

Eric Clapton – lead guitar on “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”
Mal Evans – backing vocals and handclaps on “Dear Prudence”,”The Continuing Story of
Bungalow Bill” and “Birthday”, saxophone and sound effects on “Helter Skelter”
Jack Fallon – violin on “Don’t Pass Me By”
Pattie Harrison – backing vocals on “Birthday”
Nicky Hopkins – piano
Jackie Lomax – backing vocals and handclaps on “Dear Prudence”
George Martin – horn, piano, orchestration
Jimmy Scott – congas on “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da”
Pete Shotton – tambourine
Maureen Starkey – backing vocals on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”
The Mike Sammes Singers – backing vocals on “Good Night”
Yoko Ono – backing vocals and handclaps on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” and
tapes and sound effects on “Revolution 9”, backing vocals on “Birthday”

Session Musicians

Frederick Alexander – cello (on “Martha My Dear”)
Ted Barker – tuba, trombone (on “Martha My Dear”)
Leo Birnbaum and Henry Myerscough – viola (on “Martha My Dear”)
Eric Bowie – cello (on “Glass Onion”)
Leon Calvert – trumpet and flugelhorn (on “Martha My Dear”)
Ronald Chamberlain – saxophone
Jim Chester – saxophone
Freddy Clayton – trumpet
Henry Datyner – cello (on “Glass Onion”)
Jack Fallon – violin
Eldon Fox – trumpet (on “Glass Onion”)
Ron Hughes – trumpet (on “Glass Onion” and “Martha My Dear”)
Reginald Kilbey – cello
Harry Klein – clarinet (on “Honey Pie”), saxophone (on “Savoy Truffle”)
Don Lan – trombone
Norman Lederman – cello (on “Glass Onion”)
Les Maddox – violin (on “Martha My Dear”)
Dennis McConnell – violin
Bernard Miller – violin (on “Martha My Dear”)
Andy Morris – saxophone, trombone
Henry Myerscough – viola (on “Martha My Dear”)
Raymond Newman – clarinet
Bill Povey – trombone
John Power – trombone
Billy Preston – organ
Alf Reece – tuba (on “Martha My Dear”)
Stanley Reynolds and Ronnie Hughes – trumpet (on “Martha My Dear”)
David Smith – clarinet
Lou Soufier – violin (on “Martha My Dear”)
Ronald Thomas – cello (on “Glass Onion”)
Tony Tunstall – french horn (on “Martha My Dear”)
John Underwood, Keith Cummings – trumpet (on “Glass Onion”),
Dennis Walton – saxophone
Derek Watkins – trumpet

Production Team

Geoff Emerick – engineer, vocal on “Revolution #1” (“Take 2”)
George Martin – record producer and mixer; string, brass, clarinet, orchestral arrangements and
conducting; piano on “Rocky Raccoon”
Ken Scott – principal engineer and mixer
Chris Thomas – producer; mellotron on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”, harpsichord on “Piggies” and piano on “Long, Long, Long”