LOOK OUT! Paul McCartney vocal track on The Beatles’ Helter Skelter

Today in 1968, working at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded “Helter Skelter.” Paul McCartney had read a magazine interview with Pete Townshend where the Who guitarist described their latest single, “I Can See For Miles,” as the loudest, dirtiest, most agressive song possible; when McCartney heard it, he thought Townshend had exaggerated considerably, and decided he’d take on the challenge of writing such a song. “Helter Skelter” was the result. The Beatles did so many takes in the studio – at one point recording a 20-plus-minute version during the session – that Ringo exclaimed, “I’ve got blisters on me fingers!”, which can still be heard in the version that was ultimately put on The White Album.