Dick Hubbard (1969) tells the tale:
Making the Charity Record 1967 Rod Goult Dick Hubbard and Shirley Kent "It was a cold and foggy day – January or February 1966 – early in my second FY term. I had just got back from London and my hut mate, Phil Barber, who had been asked to play for the record but was otherwise committed, had suggested me, and offered to loan me his guitar. I was told it would be in a recording studio in Birmingham but I had no idea where it was or, more to the point, what I would be playing. I met up with Rod Goult, who was organising things, and was told that I would be driven to the studio and that we would pick up the singer on the way. I found myself more or less lying in the back of a van on top of all sorts of things and we picked up Shirley Kent en route who joined me in the back. She had composed settings for two poems by Wilfred Gibson and she sang them to me as we drove up the M6. I worked out accompaniments and by the time we reached Tetlow’s Recording Studio we felt confident that we could do the job. We went into a vast studio, big enough for a symphony orchestra, heated, or rather warmed, by a coal fire which was already dying. I had worked out a fast-picking accompaniment to ‘Back’ and wanted to get this down quickly while my hands were warm. We did it in one take and were both satisfied with it. However, Rod felt we ought to do it again a few times. We struggled on with it but the fire was dead and the studio and my hands were getting colder so there were many fumbles. We finally agreed to use our first recording but found that it had got lost. Eventually we settled on a track which has one tiny fumble which no-one actually notices except me. Making the Charity Record 1967 Rod Goult Dick Hubbard and Shirley Kent We also recorded ‘One Day Old’ in one take. One decision with which I still disagree was to double-track Shirley’s voice. Happily, this did not seriously detract from her superb vocal tone although I felt a little of its delicacy was lost.