. Pepper, it was recorded by the Beatles on 17 February 1967 with overdubs on 20 February (organ sound effects), 28 March (harmonica, organ, guitar), 29 March (more organ effects) and 31 March. [9] Lennon wanted the track to have a "carnival atmosphere", and told producer George Martin that he wanted "to smell the sawdust on the floor".

In the middle eight bars, multiple recordings of fairground organs and calliope music were spliced together to attempt to satisfy this request. In a 1968 interview, Martin recalled that he achieved this "by playing the Hammond organ myself and speeding it up". [10] In addition to the Hammond organ, an attempt was made to find a 19th century steam organ for hire in London, in order to enhance the carnival atmosphere effect - to no avail.

[11] After a great deal of unsuccessful experimentation, Martin instructed recording engineer Geoff Emerick to chop the tape into pieces with scissors, throw them up in the air, and re-assemble them at random. [12] Although Lennon once said of the song that he "wasn't proud of that" and "I was just going through the motions", [13] in 1980 he described it as "pure, like a painting, a pure watercolour". [7] Personnel [ edit ]

  • Les Fradkin has an instrumental cover in his 2007 release Pepper Front to Back.

  • In 2009, Cheap Trick released Sgt. Pepper Live, which includes the song.
  • Easy Star All-Stars covered the song on the album Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band.

  • George Harrison — harmonica, shaker
  • Paul McCartney — bass guitar, harmony vocal, backwards lead guitar
  • Geoff Emerick — tape loops The Pablo Fanque Circus Royal poster from 1843 on which the song is based
  • Ringo Starr — drums, tambourine, harmonica Covers and influence [ edit ] "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" is credited to Lennon–McCartney, but Lennon said he had written it entirely himself. In 1977, when shown a list of songs Lennon claimed writing on (including "Mr.

    Kite"), McCartney disputed only " In My Life". [6] Decades later, he claimed to have also co-written "Mr.

    [3] In a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he recalled spending an afternoon with Lennon writing the song based on the poster, and said that "the song just wrote itself". Kite is believed to be William Kite, who worked for Pablo Fanque from 1843 to 1845. Henderson" was John Henderson, a wire-walker, equestrian, trampoline artist, and clown.

    While the poster made no mention of "Hendersons" plural, as Lennon sings, John Henderson did perform with his wife Agnes, the daughter of circus owner Henry Hengler. The Hendersons performed throughout Europe and Russia during the 1840s and 1850s. [8] A hogshead is a large wooden cask.

  • In the film Across the Universe, Eddie Izzard appears in a cameo as Mr. Kite, a circus ringmaster and does a cover of the song in a spoken form, adlibbing in between verses.
  • The Residents performed a cover of the song at a 40th Anniversary celebration of Sgt.

    Pepper with the London Sinfonietta.

  • The Bee Gees, with Maurice Gibb on lead vocals, and George Burns performed the song in the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Kite character as the mayor of the band's home town and the song is played by the band as a playful announcement of their return to the town for Mr.

  • Mal Evans — bass harmonica
  • Eric McFadden covered this song on his Devil Moon CD (2005).
  • Neil Aspinall — harmonica
  • The Beat Bugs covered this song on Season 1's soundtrack, which is available on iTunes.
  • Billy Connolly recorded a mostly spoken-word recording of the song for the George Martin compilation In My Life.

  • Električni Orgazam recorded a version on their 1983 cover album Les Chansones Populaires.
  • Al Di Meola covered the song on his 2013 CD All Your Life.
  • John Lennon — double-tracked lead vocals and harmony vocals, Hammond organ, tape loops and harmonica The inspiration to write the song was a 19th-century circus poster for Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal appearance at Rochdale.

    Lennon purchased the poster in an antique shop on 31 January 1967, while the Beatles were filming the promotional films for " Strawberry Fields Forever" and " Penny Lane" in Sevenoaks, Kent. [5] Lennon claimed years later to still have the poster in his home. [6] "Everything from the song is from that poster," he explained, "except the horse wasn't called Henry.

    " [7] (The poster identifies the horse as "Zanthus". ) Before the start of the first take, Lennon sings the words "For the benefit of Mr. Kite!" in a joke accent, then Emerick announces, "For the Benefit of Mr. " Lennon immediately responds, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", reinforcing his title preference from a phrase lifted intact from the original Pablo Fanque poster.

    The exchange is recorded in The Beatles Recording Sessions [5] and audible on track 8 of disc 2 of Anthology 2. The original recording can also be heard during the loading screen for the song if it is downloaded in the video game The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Frank Sidebottom covered this song on the Sgt.

    Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 21st anniversary charity album Sgt.

  • George Martin — piano, harmonium, Lowrey organ, Wurlitzer organ, Hammond organ, glockenspiel, tape loops [10].