When did The Beatles first record at Abbey Road? Inside their FIRST sessions

THE BEATLES are known for their work made inside Abbey Road - but when did they first enter the iconic studio?

PUBLISHED: 13:09, Fri, Sep 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:13, Fri, Sep 4, 2020

The Beatles were one of the biggest bands in the world, and they became known for their work at Abbey Road. The music studio has always been iconic, but when The Beatles arrived it was even more important. Now, their work there is legendary - but when did they first record at Abbey Road?


Technically, this is a date which has been disputed by various people.

The band did their first recording session on June 6, 1962, with their previous drummer Pete Best.

After signing with EMI the band started recording during which time concerns were raised about Pete’s drumming.

The band’s producer replaced Pete with a session drummer for Love Me Do as he was concerned about Best’s timing.

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Abbey Road - inside The Beatles' first official recording sessionAbbey Road - inside The Beatles' first official recording session (Image: Getty)

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George Martin said of this decision in The Beatles: Anthology: “I decided that the drums, which are really the backbone of a good rock group, didn't give the boys enough support.

“They needed a good solid beat, and I said to Brian, 'Look, it doesn't matter what you do with the boys, but on record, nobody need know. I'm gonna use a hot drummer.'

“Brian [Epstein] said, 'Okay, fine.' I felt guilty because I felt maybe I was the catalyst that had changed his [Best's] life…”

When John, Sir Paul and George Harrison realised the engineers wanted them to replace Pete with a session drummer for their upcoming recording session in September, they decided to permanently remove him from the group.

Tourists crossing the road at Abbey Road StudiosTourists crossing the road at Abbey Road Studios (Image: Getty)

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