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Come Together (Lennon/McCartney)

Originally a campaign theme for Timothy Leary's 1969 bid for governor of California, Come Together was later recorded at Abbey Road for the Abbey Road LP. Lennon was later sued for plagiarism for using the phrase 'old flat top'; which was lifted from the Chuck Berry song You Can't Catch Me. Come Together was issued with Something as the first single from Abbey Road.

Recording dates

  • July 21, 1969 (8 takes; basic track)
  • July 22, 1969 (lead vocal, electronic piano, rhythm guitar, maraca overdubs)
  • July 23, 1969 (vocal overdubs)
  • July 25, 1969 (vocal harmony overdubs)
  • July 29, 1969 (guitar overdub)
  • July 30, 1969 (guitar overdub)
  • August 7, 1969 (stereo mixing)

Release history

Chart performance

  • #1, November 29, 1969 (1 week), Billboard (US)

Notable covers

  • Aerosmith (from Greatest Hits)
  • Ike & Tina Turner (from Greatest Hits)
  • Michael Jackson (from HIStory Book 1)
  • The Neville Brothers (from Woodstock 94)

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