One After 909
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
- Paul McCartney – bass guitar, harmony vocals
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums
- Billy Preston – electric piano
One After 909 was one of John Lennon's first compositions, and one of the last songs recorded by the Beatles. Paul remembers having some input in the writing. He said he and John were trying to write a "bluesy freight-train song" with a slight twist: the train in question is not the 909, but rather, the one after it. John does not remember that McCartney had any role in writing the song, which was written perhaps as early as 1957. It was last recorded as part of the rooftop concert on January 30, 1969 and as such was released on the 1970 album Let It Be. The same recording found its way into the film version. Several years earlier, on March 5, 1963, the Beatles recorded One After 909 in the same session that yielded From Me to You (their third single release) and Thank You Girl (the b-side). This recording of One After 909 was incorporated into Apple Records' Anthology 1 collection in 1995. The first episode of the Beatles Anthology has a 1960-era recording of the song from the Quarrymen days.
A version recorded on 5 March 1963 during the same session as From Me to You and Thank You Girl was eventually released on Anthology 1. The Beatles at the time of the recording weren't happy with the result and shelved it.
A very early version featuring Stu Sutcliffe was released on The Quarrymen At Home: The Liverpool Rehearsals, Spring 1960.