To all my friends overseas who are up late, I couldn’t resist slipping in this song, the finale of the Beatles’ White Album.
It’s a bit lachrymose but I love it. And there’s a wonderful cover by Karen Carpenter.
Notes from Wikipedia:
“Good Night” is the final song by the Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). It is sung by Ringo Starr, the only Beatle to appear on the song. The music is provided by an orchestra arranged and conducted by George Martin.
John Lennon originally wrote the song as a lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian.
George Martin’s arrangement is excessively lush, and intentionally so. Lennon is said to have wanted the song to sound “real cheesy”, like a Gordon Jenkins-esque Old Hollywood production number. The musicians play the following instruments: twelve violins, three violas, three cellos, one harp, three flutes, one clarinet, one horn, one vibraphone, and one string bass. The Mike Sammes Singers also took part in the recording, providing backing vocals.
Starr became the third member of the group (after Paul McCartney and George Harrison) to record a song credited to the group without the other members performing (Lennon was the fourth with “Julia”). The song ends with Starr whispering the words: “Good night… Good night, everybody… Everybody, everywhere… Good night.”
The later Beatles were immensely enriched by having Martin as their producer.