In 1969, just months before their final split, the Beatles were hard at work writing and recording one of their most recognizable albums of all time: Abbey Road. But Paul McCartney couldn’t turn off his creativity. He had an excess of songs stored in his head so he sneaked into the legendary studio before the rest of the Fab Four arrived to drop some more music. Eventually he wrote himself a certified hit – but didn’t keep it.
McCartney recalled in The Beatles Anthology that he wrote Come and Get It in 1969 and recorded a “pretty decent demo”.
He continued: “Because I lived locally I could walk in half an hour before a Beatles session at Abbey Road – knowing it would be empty and everything would be set up – and I would use Ringo’s equipment. to put a drum trace, put piano, quickly put bass, do the voice and double it.”
Working without his writing partner, John Lennon, McCartney recorded the entire demo himself, alone, on July 24, 1969, at Abbey Road Studios.
It looks like he just wanted to write and record a new song for fun, but once the track was done, he knew he had to give it to a special band.
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McCartney said that the song’s demo “had a good feeling” and that he wanted to retain that when recording professionally.
The rockers however were keen to bring their own touch and style to the track and tried to change things up. But, since McCartney was producing the song, he had to decline.
Looking back, he said, “They actually wanted to put their own variations on, but I said, ‘No, that’s really the right way. “”
Eventually, the Hey Jude singer recalled, they “listened to it.”
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“I was producing, after all,” McCartney said. “And they were good. The song was a hit in 1970.”
Badfinger’s Come and Get It went straight to number one on the New Zealand charts and quickly earned a fourth place in the UK and Canada.
The track also made its Hollywood debut a few months later.
Come and Get it was part of the soundtrack to the 1969 film The Magic Christian, which starred Peter Sellers and the Beatles’ own drummer, Ringo Starr.
Years later, McCartney’s original demo was released for Beatles Anthology 3.
It has since become one of the most famous lost Beatles songs of all time.
Author Ian MacDonald described the song as “by far the best unreleased Beatles recording” in his book, Revolution in the Head.
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