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The Electric Light Orchestra

Why Jeff Lynne Said Producing The Beatles’ ‘Free as a Bird’ ‘Was the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done’

Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra produced The Beatles‘ “Free as a Bird.” The tune was based on a John Lennon demo. Lynne said it was difficult to finish the song.

The Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne wearing sunglasses
The Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne | Michael Putland / Contributor

Jeff Lynne called the original vocals from The Beatles’ ‘Free as a Bird’ ‘scratchy and thin’

According to PBS, John created a 1977 demo of “Free as a Bird.” In 1995, 15 years after his untimely death, the three surviving Beatles completed the sign and released it as a single. Lynne served as the producer on the track, having previously produced George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set on You.”