Realising that Abbey Road would likely be The Beatles' final album, McCartney and producer George Martin came up with the idea of the medley on the second side; this was to be a climactic finale to the band's career. The Beatles began recording the beginning of the medley, You Never Give Me Your Money, on May 6th 1969, at Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London (later at Abbey Road).
36 takes were recorded on this day, with McCartney on lead vocals and piano, Lennon playing an Epiphone Casino guitar, Harrison on a Fender Telecaster guitar fed through a Leslie speaker and Ringo playing drums
McCartney revisited the song on July 1st, overdubbing his lead vocals onto take 30, with further sound effects and vocals added on July 15th. But It wasn't completed until August, when The Beatles finally figured out how to work the end of the track into Sun King. On August 5th McCartney added tape loops, including: bubbles, chirping crickets, and bells. These were later mixed by George Martin into stereo for the final master released on the album.
- Paul McCartney – lead and backing vocals, piano, bass, wind chimes, tape loops
- John Lennon – guitar, backing vocal
- George Harrison – guitar, backing vocal
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine