John, Paul and Geor­ge – the wri­ters – were put­ting wha­te­ver they wan­ted on the tracks, and we were spen­ding a long time in the stu­dio. We were still record­ing the basic tracks as we always did, but it would take weeks to do the over­dubs for the strings or wha­te­ver, and then the per­cus­sion would be over­dub­bed later and later. Sgt Pep­per was gre­at for me, becau­se it’s a fine album – but I did learn to play chess while we were record­ing it.

Rin­go Starr
– Anthology