Old Brown Shoe
- George Harrison – vocal, guitar, bass, organ
- Paul McCartney – backing vocal, piano
- John Lennon – backing vocal, guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums
Old Brown Shoe was composed by George Harrison. It came out on the b-side of the single, The Ballad of John and Yoko. Later it was released on three compilations: The Beatles 1967-1970, Hey Jude and Past Masters, Volume Two. George picked out the chord sequences on the piano and added lyrics using opposites -- focusing on the duality of virtually everything. McCartney tried a similar idea in Hello, Goodbye.
During the Get Back/Let It Be sessions in January of 1969, two different versions were recorded: one with Harrison alone with piano accompaniment, and one including all four Beatles and Billy Preston on the keyboards. On the second day, January 29, they made eight more takes. Then, on February 25 (Harrison's 26th birthday), he made a solo demo of Old Brown Shoe in two takes, which can be found on Anthology 3. On April 16 work began again on the song with a solo demo by George followed by four group takes. On April 18 the rhythm guitar track (Lennon) was removed and a Hammond organ part (played by Harrison) was inserted along with another lead guitar track. Extra bass sound was created by having the lead guitar overdub the bass line a second time.