A to Z: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, Or As John Called It, ‘Paul’s Granny Music [Expletive]’

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by Alisha Jackson

When you picture The Beatles recording “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, you probably imagine them in the studio bopping their heads back and forth in Ringo fashion while smiling at one another.

Or something to that degree, anyway.

Well, sadly, your vision of the recording session is about to get a little darker.

We all know that there was tension within the band, especially between lead songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but it’s hard to imagine John trashing Paul’s happy-go-lucky “white album” track the way that he did.

According to studio engineer Geoff Emerick, the band initially enjoyed recording the song because of its up-tempo feel. “Even Lennon got into it — at first anyway — because it gave him a chance to clown around with his silly voices.” (Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles)

However, after re-recording the song day in…

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