John Lennon alone on studio, during the Julia recording session for the Beatles’ White Album. Julia was written by John Lennon for his mother, who died in a road accident in 1958. It is the only solo Lennon recording in The Beatles. The song was written in India. Like Dear Prudence and Happiness Is A Warm Gun, it contained the fingerpicking guitar style taught to Lennon by Donovan. “Some afternoons we would gather at one of our pads and play the acoustic guitars we had all brought with us. John was keen to learn the finger-style guitar I played and he was a good student. Paul already had a smattering of finger style. George preferred his Chet Atkins style. John wrote Julia and Dear Prudence based on the picking I taught him.” - Donovan. John before going to the studio had recorded a demo of Julia at George Harrison's Esher bungalow in May 1968. Although very similar to the studio version, it appears to contain vocal contributions from other members of the group, and ends in ad-libbed whistling.
Julia was the last song to be started for the White Album. Lennon recorded three takes of the song on 13 October 1968, double tracking his vocals and acoustic guitar to the last of these.
The mostly instrumental take two was later released on Anthology 3, along with some dialogue between Lennon and Paul McCartney, who was observing the recording from the studio control room. #johnlennon#julia#thebeatles#whitealbum#whitedouble#acoustic#eshertapes#india#donovan#fingerpicking#georgeharrison#ringostarr#paulmccartney#anthology3#thebeatlesanthology#1968