On January 28th, 1969 as The Beatles were 17 days into the recording of their final album, John Lennon rolled into an impromptu cover of the band’s close friend; Bob Dylan.
While Dylan and The Beatles have crossed paths countless times throughout their years in the music industry, official recordings of the musicians covering each other’s material remain elusive.
George Harrison, the guitarist who had grown close to Dylan at the time of recording Let It Be, had a recent jam session with the singer-songwriter fresh in his mind when Lennon began to sing ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ live from the band’s own Apple Studio.
The sessions, which were fraught with tension and ill-feeling as The Beatles were on the brink of a breakup, battled against each other’s flailing enthusiasm for the band as Lennon, Harrison, Starr and McCartney continued to grow further apart.
On the 17th day of recording, after abandoning the Twickenham Film Studios location at the request of Harrison, the band ran through a cover version of Duane Eddy’s song ‘Shazam’ before a creative and expansive tinkering with their song ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ which lasted 17 different takes.
After that, to lighten the mood, the band performed a brief blues take on Dylan’s track which is combined with some laughter from lead vocalist Lennon before it fizzles out with a simple comment: “God damn you little microphone.”
Enjoy it, below.