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It’s an often repeated cliché about George Harrison’s songwriting during his time as a Beatle that “George was relegated to one song per Beatles album”. This is just rewriting history in a lazy way, which masks his considerable songwriting input to the Beatles career. It’s fascinating to listen to George’s songs chronologically to hear how he matured as a songwriter, becoming a provider of some classic Beatles’ tunes.

George’s first song to appear on a Beatles’ album was ‘Don’t Bother Me’ from the band’s second album, With The Beatles. He wrote it while ill in bed during the summer of 1963 when The Beatles were playing some concerts in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England. According to George it was as an exercise to see if he could write a song, and “at least it showed me that all I needed to do was keep on writing, and then maybe eventually I would write something good.”

There were no Harrison compositions on either A Hard Day’s Night or on Beatles for Sale and it wouldn’t be until the release of the soundtrack to the film Help! in August 1965 that the next George songs were to be heard, and, this time there were two, ‘I Need You’ and ‘You Like Me Too Much’. Both songs were recorded in February 1965 with the former song being included in the film while the latter just appears on the Help! album.

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Rubber Soul also came out in 1965 and this also includes two of George’s songs, The first, ‘Think For Yourself’ was unusual in that it was the first of his songs that was not a love song; it was later also featured in the Yellow Submarine movie. His second was ‘If I Needed Someone’, something of a musical coda to his song from the Help! soundtrack.

‘If I Needed Someone’ has been compared by some to the songs that the Byrds had recorded on their debut album, Mr Tambourine Man, which is ironic given that the Byrds had consciously aped The Beatles’ sound from watching them in A Hard Day’s Night. ‘If I Needed Someone’ was covered by The Hollies and made No.20 on the UK singles chart in early 1966.

In August 1966, as if to put to rest the ‘one song per album’ cliché, George had three songs on the band’s ground breaking album, Revolver, and his writing helped to make it so. He also had the kudos of writing the album’s opening track, the brilliant, ‘Taxman.’ This is George’s second non-love song and this time tackles the subject of the high levels of income tax levied by the British Labour government under the leadership of Harold Wilson; the same Mr Wilson that’s referenced in the song’s lyrics. As The Beatles’ earnings put them in the top tax bracket in the UK it meant that they were liable for 95% tax on every pound they earned – “There’s one for you, nineteen for me”)

George’s second track on side 1 of Revolver returns to the more traditional subject matter with, ‘Love You To’, but it is unusual in another way as it uses Indian instruments. In October 1965 George had played a sitar on ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’, for Rubber Soul and on ‘Love You To’ there are Indian classical instrumentation – a tabla, a pair of hand-drums, sitar and a tambura that provided the drone, making this the first Beatles song to fully reflect the influence of Indian classical music.

Recorded in June 1966 ‘I Want To Tell You’ is the third of Harrison’s Revolver compositions and it is another song with a less than traditional structure, showing George’s considerable creativity, both lyrically and musically.

For Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band George did have just one of his songs included, another Indian influenced number, and according to John Lennon one of George’s best songs, ‘Within You, Without You’. George began writing this on a pedal harmonium and the song was simply labelled, ‘Untitled’ when he recorded it at Abbey Road Studios on the evening of on Wednesday 15 March 1967. George was the only Beatle in the studio that day; it’s George and Neil Aspinall playing tamburas with the tabla, dilruba and svarmandal played by Indian musicians from the Asian Music Centre in Finchley Road, North London. Two more dilrubas (similar to a sitar, but played with a bow) were overdubbed on 22 March; violins and cellos were added on 3 April under the direction of George Martin. Later that evening George recorded his lead vocals, a sitar part and acoustic guitar.

On the soundtrack to the Magical Mystery Tour, George contributes the delicate, ‘Blue Jay Way’ named after a street in Hollywood where he stayed in August 1967. It’s about friends who had lost their way in the Los Angeles smog looking for the house where George was waiting. In March 1968 The Beatles released ‘Lady Madonna’ as a single on on the b-side was George’s ‘The Inner Light’ with lyrics that are a rendering of the 47th chapter of the Taoist Tao Te Ching. The instrumental track was recorded in Bombay (Mumbai), India, during the sessions for Harrison’s Wonderwall Music in January 1968; it has lead vocals from George and brief backing vocals from John and Paul

The Beatles 1968 album that we’ve all come to call “The White Album” contains four Harrison songs – one on each side of the double album. On side 1 is the wonderful, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’; according to George, “I wrote ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes… The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence — every little item that’s going down has a purpose.” ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ features a brilliant guitar solo by Eric Clapton; however, this nearly didn’t happen, George asked Eric on a drive to the studio one day, but Clapton was reluctant to play on the song saying, “No-one plays on Beatles records”. George insisted it would be OK and so Eric recorded the solo, playing a Gibson Les Paul that he had just gifted to George, who subsequently named it Lucy after the actress and comedienne Lucille Ball, a famous redhead.

Side 2 of “The White Album” has ‘Piggies’, a song George originally wrote in 1966 and went back to after rediscovering what he had previously written at his parent’s house just prior to recording this album. ‘Long, Long, Long’ is the closing track of side three and it is a beautiful song that many overlook; it is a curious amalgam of waltz, jazz and folk all missed up with a little psychedelia that just works.

‘Savoy Truffle’ is about Eric Clapton’s fondness for sweets and many of its lyrics describe the contents of a box of Mackintosh’s ‘Good News’ chocolates that were popular in the 1960s. Recorded in October 1968 it features six saxophonists – three baritone and three tenors.

The two songs written by George for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack are, ‘Only A Northern Song’ and ‘It’s All Too Much’; the former song was recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper, but was not included on the final album. It refers in part to George’s compositions being owned by Northern Songs Ltd, a company of which he was a minority shareholder. The song itself features some unusual instrumentation – George’s organ part with reverb, a distorted trumpet overdubbed by Paul, and a glockenspiel played by John. An edited and slightly sped-up version of the song’s basic track, without the overdubs, was released on the Anthology 2 compilation.

In early summer 1969, The Beatles released ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ as a 45 and on the b-side was, ‘Old Brown Shoe’ written by George. This song is very redolent of some of George’s solo material in the 1970s and was recorded during the sessions for Abbey Road.

For a few years in the early 1970s, after Frank Sinatra began singing George’s ‘Something’ in concert, the Chairman of the Board would introduce it as being “Written by those great young songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.” It is for many people George’s best Beatles’ era song, and definitely one of the standout numbers on Abbey Road, but it’s an accolade that could as easily be given to another of George’s compositions from The Beatles’ 1969 album – ‘Here Comes The Sun’..

According to George in his autobiography, “’Here Comes the Sun’ was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen, all this signing accounts, and, ‘Sign this’ and ‘sign that.’ Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I’m going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric’s [Clapton] house. I was walking in his garden. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I was walking around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote ‘Here Comes the Sun.’”

There are another two songs from George on The Beatles’ final solo album, Let it Be. ‘For You Blue’ was started in January 1969 and finished a year later and as well as being included on the album it was the b-side of ‘The Long and Winding Road’ in the US. It was originally called, ‘George’s Blues (Because You’re Sweet and Lovely)’ and the lyrics even reference blues great Elmore James. George’s second song on Let It Be is, ‘I Me Mine’; it is the last new song recorded by The Beatles before they formally split. George more than most would have appreciated the irony.

So there you have it, George’s solo songwriting contributions to The Beatles and it’s clear to hear how he grew as a writer and how his contributions, way more than the, “one per album” of lazy historians, also helped make many of The Beatles’ albums so complete.

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  1. Bergur Rasmussen

    April 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Nice little article, but apparently you’ve forgotten “The Inner Light” which featured on the B-side of “Lady Madonna” from February 1968; the last release by The Beatles (an also George’s debut on a Beatles single) prior to the launch of the Apple label … and that’s a shame, because it’s quite nice, melodic and captivating …

    • uDiscover

      April 22, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Bergur, that was a real over-sight from us, and our only excuse is we were concentrating on George’s album tracks. We have rectified our omission and we agree that it is a wonderful song.

      • Bergur Rasmussen

        April 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

        You’re great 🙂

      • Manu

        April 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        And forgotten “Cry for a shadow” (Harrison-Lennon)

      • Steven

        April 24, 2015 at 3:40 am

        lol uDiscover You should know up front… Us Beatle People know our sh*t and are not afraid to let you know when you’re wrong. I’m one of them. lol

    • Richard

      April 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Did you read the article? It is mentioned.

      • SS

        April 24, 2015 at 5:47 am

        “We have rectified our omission and we agree that it is a wonderful song.” -uDiscover

    • Jaakko Palviainen

      April 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      ´The Inner Light´ was mentioned in the article above. Read more carefully!

      • Darren Prescott

        April 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

        Evidently it is YOU who needs to read more carefully Jaakko, as it is clear from the above statement by uDiscover that ‘The Inner Light’ was initially omitted, and later added after the article was published.

        • Grant C Bennett Sr

          December 28, 2016 at 1:42 am

          George Harrison without a doubt was the most sincerest deepest loving and soulful beadle and of course I do give props to John and the rest of the boys but George Harrison is the inner light inner core enough so that was beyond the other guys and when George wrote the song something then everyone George Harrison was special and that’s why he so special to me❤️☮️

          • Frank Farkle

            November 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

            Buddy boy- George is all those things PUBLICLY. Just because the other three don’t write 3 million boring songs scolding everyone who isn’t as “spiritual” as he is doesn’t mean he’s the “most sincerest.” George took a fuckload of drugs while he was with the Hare Krishnas, and he cheated repeatedly on both his wives. He had his share of rage, jealousy, addiction to money, and about zero space for anyone who wasn’t on his supposed level, if you listen to his music – with some exceptions. It’s the typical rock star appointing himself the knower of all things and not hesitating to sell spirituality via his public image.

    • JAIR

      April 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Yes, Inner Light was mentioned: In March 1968 The Beatles released ‘Lady Madonna’ as a single on on the b-side was George’s ‘The Inner Light’ with lyrics that are a rendering of the 47th chapter of the Taoist Tao Te Ching

      • SS

        April 24, 2015 at 5:48 am

        “We have rectified our omission and we agree that it is a wonderful song.” -uDiscover

    • terry

      April 23, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Here is the quote from the article you just read. Whoever at uDiscover accepted your complaint that it was missing also needs to develop the art of double checking

      In March 1968 The Beatles released ‘Lady Madonna’ as a single on on the b-side was George’s ‘The Inner Light’

      • SS

        April 24, 2015 at 5:50 am

        That quote was added later, genius.

      • Joe

        April 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

        Oh my God, how dumb can people be!

    • Eric Schwalbe

      April 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      10th paragraph, 5th line

  2. Claire

    April 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for this lovely run-down. It’s also notable that George had written (literally) hundreds of songs during the time of the Beatles – the few songs out the many here, don’t cover all that he did, just the ones he was ‘allowed’ to have on the albums.
    Some of the songs rejected by Lennon/McCarthy ended up on All Things Must Pass – widely seen as the best album by a solo Beatle. It’s just a shame that they weren’t willing to recognise that in the later years, George’s song-writing and performing abilities had developed to match their own, or were even better on several songs. Still, history was made.

  3. April

    April 22, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Great article. I did see one mistake. In ‘Blue Jay Way’, friends were lost in the ‘fog’,
    not the ‘smog’ of LA.

  4. Ray York

    April 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Are we sure that “I Me Mine’ was the “last new song recorded by the Beatles before they formally split?” After all, that was on Let It Be, which, yes, was the last album to be released, but Abbey Road was the last album recorded.
    Or are you suggesting they formally split before they recorded Abbey Road?
    Just wondering what your take is on that.

    • Pmckey

      April 23, 2015 at 12:56 am

      It gets a little confusing but most of Let it Be was recorded January of 1969 but released after Abbey Road. If my memory serves me right, Abbey Road was recorded in the Summer and Fall of 1969. I me mine was recorded in January of 1970 as the last song to be placed on Let it be which was released Spring of 1970.

    • Orlin

      April 23, 2015 at 2:11 am

      i Me Mine was the last song completed for the album early in 1970, when George, Paul and Ringo got together for a couple of sessions to complete the necessary overdubs. So it is probably one of the last official Beatles sessions booked at Abbey Road before they disbanded. John, who had quit the previous September, naturally, wasn’t present.

    • Simon D

      April 24, 2015 at 2:05 am

      Correct! I noticed the same thing. A common misconception that “Let it be” was the last Beatles recording. It wasn’t. Abbey Road was.

      • Simon D

        April 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

        Ok, having read further, it does indeed get confusing. I’ll take it as written in the article then.

  5. Braun k Combs

    April 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    All this stems from where George was taking in all the knowledge of writing and performance is also where the quiet Beatles comes from. You all must admit he was a genius, one of all times. Thank you George we miss you.

  6. Carlos

    April 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    What about “Cry for a Shadow” ? The very first composition (Harrison/Lennon) to be recorded professionaly, as a backing band of Tony Sheridan in Hamburg in the early 60´s. And there are a lot of them that weren´t taken seriously by the rest of the band. , “You know what to do” (1964); “The art of dying”; ” Isn´t it a pity” (1966); “See yourself”; “Circles”; “Dehra dun”; “Not guilty”; “Sour milk sea” (1968); “Wah wah”; “Let it down”; “Run of the mill”; “All things must pass”; “Hear me Lord”; “Window window” (1969). Clearly he has always had trouble with John & Paul., especially with Sir George Martin. What a shame.

    • uDiscover

      April 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Carlos, you’re right on ‘Cry For A Shadow’ but we were concentrating on the Beatles and George solo compositions.

  7. Baker

    April 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    “I Me Mine” was finished after Abbey Road with George, Paul and Ringo gathering to add overdubs.

  8. Robert

    April 22, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    “You know what to do” also deserves a mention, together with the inner light and cry for a Shadow. It was probably hehe second song he presenter to his mate, and it was rvorden, yhough not released at the time. Same with Not Guilty. In 68

  9. Robert

    April 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    “You know what to do” also deserves a mention, together with the inner light and cry for a Shadow. It was probably hehe second song he presenter to his mate, and it was rvorden, though not released at the time. Same with Not Guilty in 68. Butvthecwere beatle recordings.

  10. Colin

    April 22, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Great article. One thing to add: George actually write “If I Needed Someone” as a tribute to The Byrds:

    “The song was heavily influenced by the music of the Byrds, and like most of the songs on Rubber Soul, utilizes a folk rock structure.[1] In a 2004 radio interview with the BBC in London,[2] Roger McGuinn confirmed that Harrison had sent a tape recording of the song to him in Los Angeles before it was released on record. Harrison did this to show McGuinn that the guitar riff he had used in “If I Needed Someone” was based on McGuinn’s own riff in “The Bells of Rhymney”, with the drumming from “She Don’t Care About Time”.”[3][4] “George was very open about it,” said McGuinn, who was then going by his given name, Jim. “He sent [the record] to us in advance and said, ‘This is for Jim’ — because of that lick.”[5]”


    • uDiscover

      April 23, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Colin, thanks for that, really nice additional info. To us what is so interesting is the irony of the Byrds being influenced by the Beatles and then in reverse. The music goes round and round…

  11. jon voranart

    April 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    It might be true, one song per album, but it’s always been that one ‘Something’ song the relegate the 10 other songs to the back burner. George song in latter years has that kind of stuff.

  12. Claudyo

    April 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

    “I me mine” was completed in 1970, but is present in the film “Let it be” (John dancing a waltz with Yoko) recorded during the Twickenham Studios sessions in early 1969

  13. Peter Schwartz

    April 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Additionally George also sang lead on a bunch of Beatles songs that he did not write. How many Beatles songs in total did he sing lead on?

  14. MikeV

    April 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    George, as far as I know, liked being a Beatle! Even when G.Martin said to G.Harrison, I am sorry I didn’t pay more attention to you,it was OK with George! Thank you for not letting it bother you.

  15. noelman

    April 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    how about long long long ,you forgot to’s really nice love song for God

  16. Bob

    April 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Fans will praise their idols, but the fact remains that George’s songwriting with the Beatles was overall not very good. Songs like “I Like You Too Much” are downright embarrassing. “The Inner Light” is bizarre. Obviously, the big three Harrison compositions, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun” are outstanding, but they don’t elevate the rest. I will say, however, that “It’s All Too Much” is the most underrated Beatles’ track.

  17. Rick

    April 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for this informative article. I was, however, disappointed you wrote so much about the rather minor (forgive the pun) tune, “Only A Northern Song,” and said nothing about the fabulously and furiously psychedelic masterpiece, “It’s All Too Much.” For many of us this is, despite its placement on a soundtrack record, the pinnacle of the band’s psychedelic period. It would have been a masterful addition to either Pepper or MMT. As it stands, it’s one of the very best Harrison-as-a-Beatle compostions, right up there with “Long, Long, Long,” While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”

  18. Paul

    April 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    To me, Harrison’s greatest song–and one of the greatest of all the brilliant songs the Beatles ever recorded–is “Taxman,” although ironically it was McCartney who played the searing lead guitar solo that out-Becks Jeff Beck. But to fully appreciate this track, you have to hear it in mono, cranked up good and loud. (Unfortunately, the stereo version, which is the version that most people own, is a travesty.) Other truly great Harrison tracks are “I Want to Tell You,” “Savoy Truffle,” “Old Brown Shoe” (what a guitar solo!), and “I Me Mine.” And don’t forget his wonderful vocal on “Happy Just to Dance With You,” one of the forgotten gems from “A Hard Day’s Night!”

  19. greggles clarke

    April 24, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Dear oh dear…

    ‘There were no Harrison compositions on either A Hard Day’s Night or on Beatles for Sale’

    This is shockingly bad form chaps, (it’s a very weird mistake to make for a specific article about Georges’ songs on Beatles albums!) as any Beatles/Harrison fan will be yelling ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’ at their computer screens!

    The fact that you have put effort into creating this, however, is commendable, as Harrison contributed some of my true favorite Beatles tracks, so it’s good to see them celebrated.

    • uDiscover

      April 24, 2015 at 9:54 am

      These are songs written by George, he just sang the lead on ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’

  20. Angel

    April 24, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I will but the Beatles when I was a child I still driving I still believe all the hits

  21. Joe

    April 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

    there are a couple of early songs that George did the lead vocal for but didn’t sing, right?

  22. Danny

    April 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    As said before, it is a nice article. My only additional comment is to remind everyone that Lennon himself said that one of the reasons the Beatles had to go solo was because, with George’s contributions to the Beatles albums, it was hard getting more than a couple of songs on an album. The first two Lennon album, including Imagine. So George’s songs were no more excluded than anyone else’s.

  23. cleaner100

    April 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    George was a major talent and it’s always enjoyable to see his work be praised, though one aspect of this article is trying too hard, IMHO. I don’t get the purpose behind dispelling the “relegated to one song per album myth” as you describe it. Is this statement really a disservice? If anything, it’s an acknowledgement that George had a lot of talent but was was overshadowed by the big two. In actuality, George averaged approximately 1.5 songs per album. Even if he had just one per album, that would still be significant and not damning. After all, this is the Beatles.

  24. Max Marruffo

    April 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Harrison es mi beatle favorito!

  25. David

    April 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love the conversation about George, the “one side per album” myth depends on which albums you listen too, American or British. My favorite is “It’s all too much” but I also love some of George’s (and Ringo’s) covers better than Paul or John’s. George’s “Roll over Beethoven, Devil in her heart,Everybody’s trying to be my baby” and Ringo’s “Boys, rock! Most bands have maybe one decent songwriter or singer. The Beatles had three.

    And the number one downloaded Beatles song- Here comes the sun…

  26. aurelio ortega

    April 25, 2015 at 6:29 am

    You forgot the instrumental Flying, which appears in the magical mistery tour album and which is a composition of Lennon McCartney Harrison Starr, the only composition by the four of Liverpool and also another song sung by Harrison, three cool cats although it’s not his, recorded in 1958 as one of the first recordings of the cuartet.

  27. Mark Bauerochse

    April 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

    This insight to some of the best songs written in the last decade was sent to me by my friend Peter (Kouta) Craig

  28. mike waite

    April 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    i’ve posted before that my 1st George song here in Canada ’64 was on the BEATLEMANIA album… of course: Don’ Bother Me. thanks maleconmike

  29. Ricky-Ticky

    November 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    There’s a major misconception that Eric Clapton’s work was used on While my guitar gently Weeps, according to Geoff Emerick’s book & The Sessions shows in the GB that he technically advised on, they weren’t, they were recorded over. Obviously more of a political problem than sweet George envisioned & that Eric had perceived. I would think the use of Billy Preston as an outsider was at the end with the added factor of him being black, probably thought of as a kind of outré kudos in those days, that I too lived through! God bless George & the rest of the Beatles plus George Martin, without whom not many blind doors of musical possibilities would have been opened & then smashed apart.

    • David Sherman

      August 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      If it’s not Clapton ruining that song with a completely insensitive and inappropriate solo, then who is it? Doesn’t sound like any of the Beatles playing …

  30. Jim Jones

    November 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Does anyone else think that ‘Something’ really outdid anything that John Lennon did – and Lennon knew it?

  31. McKendrick

    February 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Ricky-Ticky – the first part of your post is utter gobbledygook, and highly likely utter nonesense.
    Also your trashy comment about Billy Preston is way misinformed. They had been friends since Little Richard’s appearance in Hamburg. That his presence at Apple (on those days) was utilised says more about their realisation that a stabalising medium was sorely required at the time – and worked not only to purpose but to the ultimate benefit of the recordings.
    Jim Jones – no, but ‘Only A Northern Song’ did. That would be why L & Mc wouldn’t have wanted it on Seargent Pepper. It would have been the strongest song on the album. Try it. It works.

  32. A&M

    February 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

  33. French Paul

    March 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    “You like me too much”, “Taxman”, “Here comes the Sun”… Never realized George wrote some of the finest Beatles tunes. In terms of writing (and on personal criteria), I’d say he was the best since he has the biggest amount of songs I like in his repertoire (in spite of having far less writing credits than John or Paul) – but I somehow still consider Paul my favorite for some reason (cause let’s face it, everyone has their favorite Beatle :p ).

  34. French Paul

    March 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Oh, and those stories between George and Eric Clapton – great stuff. I knew Clapton had been involved with a lot of bands in the 1960s and 1970s and that he played on albums by The Who and Led Zep’ (IIRC) – along with his contributions to legendary bands like Cream and Blind Faith (a great album here, probably my favorite Clapton-related release) – but I had no idea he was involved in material from the Beatles.

  35. Daz

    February 16, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Great job. Thanks. An amazing playlist! !! This amounts to 22 songs, which is pretty close to ten per cent of official released Beatles tracks. If you detract all the covers they released then George easily provides one in ten Beatles originals. Thank the almighty muse for all the lads. The Beatles. Still the best ever!!!!

  36. hein

    June 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    For me there are 3 Beatle songs the stand out way above all the rest. The three are It’s all too much (specifically in the Steve Hillage cover), Taxman and Tomorrow Never Knows (specifically in the 801 cover). So Georgen is the real Beatle for me.

  37. David Sherman

    August 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Not quite right about the tax situation that inspired Taxman. The 98% band applied only to unearned income (interest, income from shares, etc.). The top rate on earned income (wages, and in the Beatles’ case, Royalties and performance fees) was 83%. On top of that, it wasn’t ‘on every pound’, but only on the money earned (or, indeed, unearned) above the threshold for the top bracket. Income up to that level was taxed at the lower rate paid by those on ‘ordinary’ incomes.

    • Joachim Huby

      August 11, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Was going to make this comment about the tax situation myself so I was glad to see you already did David Sherman. It really ought to be changed in the article as it is a harmful inaccuracy. There are a lot of untruths spread about tax which ultimately only benefit the richest in our society and harm the rest of us who benefit from tax funded public services. I strongly disagree with the sentiments in “Taxman” but it is nonetheless one of my favourite Beatles tracks. Great song.

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