A Beginning

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"A Beginning"
Song by the Beatles
from the album Anthology 3
Released 28 October 1996 (UK)
29 October 1996 (U.S.)
Recorded 22 July 1968
Genre Orchestral
Length 0:50
Label Apple Records
Songwriter(s) George Martin
Producer(s) George Martin
Anthology 3 track listing
"A Beginning"
"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

"A Beginning" is an instrumental piece composed by the Beatles' producer George Martin and intended as an introduction to "Don't Pass Me By", Ringo Starr's first solo composition from the Beatles' 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as the "White Album").[1]

It was instead used as an incidental cue in the Beatles' cartoon film Yellow Submarine and heard right before "Eleanor Rigby." It was included on Anthology 3[1] as a replacement of a planned "new Beatles song," "Now and Then" (along with "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love.")

A Beginning was scored by George Martin and recorded on 22 July 1968, using the same orchestra that appeared on the Beatles' song "Good Night".[2]


  1. ^ a b Lewisohn, Mark (1996). Anthology 3 (booklet). The Beatles. London: Apple Records. p. 4. 34451. 
  2. ^ "The Beatles Bible - A Beginning". Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.