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I'll Follow the Sun

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"I'll Follow the Sun"
Song by The Beatles
Album Beatles for Sale
Released 4 December 1964
Recorded 8 October 1964,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 1:46
Label EMI, Parlophone, Capitol
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing
I remember writing that in our front living room at Forthlin Road on my own so that's pretty much all mine. On the record we got Ringo to tap his knees. We were thinking in terms of singles and the next one had to always be different. We didn't want to fall into the Supremes trap where they all sounded rather similar, so to that end, we were always keen on having varied instrumentation. Ringo couldn't keep changing his drum kit, but he could change his snare, tap a cardboard box or slap his knees. There were certain songs I had from way back that I didn't really finish up ... 'I'll Follow The Sun' was one of those.

—Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now, p.38-39

That's Paul's again. Can't you tell? I mean, 'Tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun.' That's another early McCartney. You know, written almost before Beatles, I think. He had a lot of stuff...

—John Lennon, The Playboy Interviews, p.147, 1980

At first, they couldn't think of anything for Ringo to do — he played drums on a run-through, but it sounded all wrong, too aggressive and distracting; Paul wanted something more subtle. After a good deal of discussion, Paul came up with the idea of having Ringo just slap his legs in time, and that worked well. Enthralled, I watched Norman carefully position a mic between Ringo's knees; then, back in the control room, he cranked up the EQ to add some extra depth to the sound.

—Geoff Emerick, EMI Recording Engineer, Here, There and Everywhere, p.95-96, 2006


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