John wrote “Good Night” as a lullaby for five-year-old Julian in 1968. He asked George Martin to give the song a lush orchestral arrangement in the style of old Hollywood films and admitted, "Yeah, corny."
“I think John felt it might not be good for his image for him to sing it but it was fabulous to hear him do it, he sang it great,” said Paul.
“We heard him sing it in order to teach it to Ringo, and he sang it very tenderly. John rarely showed his tender side, but my key memories of John are when he was tender, and that’s what has remained with me; those moments where he showed himself to be a very generous, loving person.”
“I always cite that song as an example of the John beneath the surface that we only saw occasionally…I don’t think John’s version was ever recorded.”
The song ends with Ringo whispering: "Good night ... Good night, everybody ... Everybody, everywhere ... Good night."
Thanks to Boris for this story and this extraordinary photo of Ringo and John during the June 28, 1968 recording session of “Good Night.”