It was fifty years ago today- July 16, 1968- Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick who had been working with The Beatles in the studio since the beginning of Revolver back in 1966 quit due to the bickering that was going on between the members of the group. The song they were working on that day was John Lennon’s “Cry Baby Cry.”
I lost interest in the White Album because they were really arguing amongst themselves and swearing at each other. The expletives were really flying. There was one instance just before I left when they were doing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da for the umpteenth time. Paul was re-recording the vocal again and George Martin made some remark about how he should be lilting onto the half-beat or whatever and Paul, in no refined way, said something to the effect of ‘Well you come down and sing it’. I said to George ‘Look, I’ve had enough. I want to leave. I don’t want to know any more.’ George said ‘Well, leave at the end of the week’ – I think it was a Monday or Tuesday – but I said ‘No, I want to leave now, this very minute, and that was it.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn