Monday’s Music Moves Me: By George! (Part 1)

I woke up this morning thinking about George Harrison and the contributions he made to The Beatles, as a musician, singer, and songwriter. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the bulk of The Fab Four’s songs, and in fact really didn’t take him seriously as a songwriter until The Beatles (aka the white album). So I set about finding his songs on the band’s original collection of albums (the ones made between 1963 and 1970) and was surprised to find that there were almost 20. So, I broke that playlist in half (no need to thank me) and will give the first half today and the next on our next freebie Monday.

  1. “Don’t Bother Me” Appeared on the second British album, With The Beatles, and the second US album, Meet The Beatles. It was also featured in the movie A Hard Day’s Night.
  2. “I Need You” Appeared on the US and UK Help! soundtrack albums.
  3. “Think For Yourself” From the US and UK album Rubber Soul.
  4. “If I Needed Someone” Also from Rubber Soul. George’s contributions started to become a little more prevalent with this album.
  5. “Taxman” The way I heard the story, the only way Paul would keep this on Revolver (US and UK) was if he played the guitar solo. George obviously agreed.
  6. “I Want To Tell You” Also from Revolver. A third George song, “The Inner Light,” was on Revolver; that’ll be on the next playlist.
  7. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” The white album had four sides (2 records, two sides each), and George had a song on each side. Things were not well among the members of the band, so George invited Eric Clapton to play on this song. The Les Paul that Clapton plays on this song had been gifted to George from Eric; George told Eric that he didn’t have to bring a guitar with him, that he had a good one. Eric adjusted his tone to make his solo sound a little more “Beatle-y.”
  8. “Piggies” George’s sense of humor and social consciousness are evident here in a rather funny song.
  9. “Long, Long, Long” This followed “Helter Skelter” on record 2, side 1. It was a welcome relief from the loudness and violence of that track.
  10. “Savoy Truffle” Per Wikipedia: “”Savoy Truffle” is a song by the English rock group the Beatles from their 1968 album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). The song was written by George Harrison and inspired by his friend Eric Clapton’s fondness for chocolate. The lyrics list the various flavours offered in Mackintosh’s Good News chocolates and serve as a warning to Clapton about the detrimental effect that his gorging would have on his teeth.”

Part 2 in 2 weeks. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 6, 2019.

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16 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: By George! (Part 1)

  1. Interesting set, listening to how George ‘s music evolved. I was familiar with most of the later songs and I surprised myself-my favorite was the Piggies song!


  2. Hey Stranger! Good to be back. I missed ya!
    I’m glad you are featuring George Harrison and am looking forward to Part 2.

    As you said, he was always so underrated. My favorite is “My Guitar Gently Weeps”. That’s a song that stops me every time I hear it and I have to stop what I’m doing and just let the song wash over me. Incredible song. I also really like “Don’t Bother Me” and “I Need You.” “Savoy Truffle” is probably my second favorite of the ten you posted here in your playlist. I appreciate the intro to several George songs that I’m not familiar with.

    Hope all is well in your world. Glad to be hanging with you guys again.
    have a good weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark


  3. I think George was a bit underrated. Such a fine musician. Great songs here. Looking forward to your part 2.


    1. He was very underrated. “All Things Must Pass” was a masterpiece, and I think Paul and John were stunned when they heard it. He was definitely a “quality over quantity” guy, never recording a lot, but what he produced was amazing. Even his not-so-good albums (“Gone Troppo”) were better than most.


  4. He is my favourite Beatle not only for his great music, introducing Ravi Shankar to the rest of the Beatles and his financing of some great movies but loving gardening. I seem to be the kiss of death when it comes to plants but I love gardens and he, apparently, had a great garden on his English estate that he would disappear and work on.


  5. George was always my favourite, no showing off, no being sanctimonious and “special” just pure talent.
    While my guitar gently weeps best song ever!
    Second favourite is Back long ago when we was Fab.

    He died too young .


  6. “I Need You” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” are two of my most favorite. I’m sure you’ve seen the Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne and Prince tribute to him with this song. George’s son looks just like him and we are seeing Dhani later this year when he opens for Lynne’s ELO. It will be interesting to hear if he does any of his father’s songs.

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    1. And “Time Bandits”! And “Shanghai Surprise,” which almost killed him (I guess dealing with Madonna and Sean Penn was a trying task).


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