To begin with, “Good Morning Good Morning” is a Beatles’ song from their 1967 album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. There is also a version from their first recording session on the “Anthology 2” album.
Recorded: 8th and 16th February, 13th, 28th and 29th March, 1967
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Rock, hard rock
Track Duration: 2:41 (1967 stereo) 2:35 (mono, 2017 stereo)
Record Label: Parlophone
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
John Lennon: double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar, also the backing vocal
Paul McCartney: bass, lead guitar, backing vocal, as well as the bass drum
George Harrison: rhythm guitar, also the backing vocal
Ringo Starr: drums, as well as the tambourine
Barrie Cameron, David Glyde, Alan Holmes: saxophone
John Lee, and 1 other: trombone
(No Name): french horn
Sounds Incorporated: brass
Good Morning Good Morning
Written by John Lennon but credit goes to the Lennon-McCartney partnership, “Good Morning Good Morning” appears after “Lovely Rita” on the Sgt Peppers album from 1967. In short, Lennon took inspiration from a British TV commercial for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Also the lyric, “It’s time for tea and Meet the Wife”, refers to a BBC sitcom, “Meet the Wife” from the early 1960s.
“It’s a throwaway, a piece of garbage, I always thought. The ‘Good morning, good morning’ was from a Kellogg’s cereal commercial. I always had the TV on very low in the background when I Was writing and it came over and then I wrote the song.”
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
The main inspiration for the animal noise throughout, obviously come from the coda of The Beach Boys song, “Caroline, No”.
The Beatles began recording the track on the 8th February, 1967, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 7.00pm–2.15am session. It was the last of 8 takes that was suitable as the rhythm track and the overdubs. The tweaks, including some vocal overdubs came about on the 16th February, and this is the version on the “Anthology 2” album.
They then overdubbed the brass instrumentation on the 13th March with new vocals added on the 28th March. Finally, they added the animal noises the next day to complete the song.
In order to have some logic to the song, emphasis on the hierarchy of the animals needed scrutiny. In other words, the animal that followed must be capable capable of frightening or devouring the animal before it. Engineer Geoff Emerick said, “So those are not just random effects, there was actually a lot of thought put into all that”.