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"Old Brown Shoe"
Single by The Beatles
A-side(s) "Ballad of John and Yoko"
Released 1969-05-30 (UK)
1969-06-04 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road: 16, 18 April 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:16
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Harrison
Producer(s) George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Get Back" / "Don't Let Me Down"
"Ballad of John and Yoko"
"Something" / "Come Together"
Alternate cover
UK 7" re-release cover

"Old Brown Shoe" is a song written by George Harrison that was first released by The Beatles as a B-side to "The Ballad of John and Yoko". It is also available on the Beatles' compilation albums The Beatles 1967-1970, Hey Jude and Past Masters, Volume Two. An elaborate demo version is included on the Anthology 3 album. Image File history File links BalldofJohnandYoko_singlecover. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ballad of John and Yoko is a song released by The Beatles as a single in May 1969. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... (Redirected from 16 April) April 16 is the 106th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (107th in leap years). ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Music sample Get Back ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Ballad of John and Yoko is a song released by The Beatles as a single in May 1969. ... Something is a song written by George Harrison, originally released on the Beatles last chronological album, Abbey Road by Apple Records. ... Music sample Come Together ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Image File history File links Balladofjohnandyokocover. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... The Ballad of John and Yoko is a Beatles song written by John Lennon. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Hey Jude (originally titled The Beatles Again: Hey Jude) was a 1970 compilation of singles and b-sides from various points in The Beatles career, as well as the A Hard Days Night album track I Should Have Known Better. The common thread running through all the albums... The Capitol label of the Past Masters, Volume Two LP. Note the small Parlophone logo on the left Past Masters, Volume Two is a compilation album by The Beatles released in 1988. ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ...

The Beatles' recording of this song features lead vocals from Harrison, and backing vocals from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ...

The song was recorded during the sessions for the Abbey Road album. Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ...

Harrison commented about this song: "I started the chord sequences on the piano, which I don't really play, and then began writing ideas for the words from various opposites... Again, it's the duality of things – yes no, up down, left right, right wrong, etc."[1]

Gary Brooker performed the song at "The Concert For George".


  1. ^ Abbey Road. Beatles Ultimate Experience: Songwriting & Recording Database. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.

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External links

  • Song-by-Song Listing for "Old Brown Shoe"
  • Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Old Brown Shoe"
  • Listing for "Old Brown Shoe" in The Complete Guide to the Beatles' Instruments

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