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.
- “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.
- “I Need You” Appeared on the US and UK Help! soundtrack albums.
- “Think For Yourself” From the US and UK album Rubber Soul.
- “If I Needed Someone” Also from Rubber Soul. George’s contributions started to become a little more prevalent with this album.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.”
- “Piggies” George’s sense of humor and social consciousness are evident here in a rather funny song.
- “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.
- “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.