Song of the Day: The Beatles, “Old Brown Shoe”

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the death of Beatles lead guitarist (and a personal hero) George Harrison. "Old Brown Shoe" was the B side to "The Ballad of John & Yoko." Issued in 1969, it’s considered one of George’s best songs from his Beatle days. Just listen to that bass…

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Beatles, “Old Brown Shoe”

  1. I love this song and it George is my favourite Beatle because he seemed the most shy, most wanting to look beyond (Ravi Shankar), loved gardening (I don’t but appreciate gardens and love walking through them), played in the Travelling Willburys and produced movies!

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    1. George was a Renaissance man: knowledgable about many different types of music, could play just about any type of guitar, the banjo, the ukulele, and the sitar, very generous to the people of Bangladesh, an impresario who created his own production company just so he could see “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” a quiet and contemplative man with a wicked sense off humor, a deeply spiritual man. He left us too soon…

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  2. I vaguely remember this one. Have you watched the Get Back series on Disney+? We’ve watched the first episode. It is quite good. George just left the band. Obviously he comes back but I didn’t know he was the first to actually leave.

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  3. George was really coming along with his songwriting during this period– hard to believe he’s been gone 20 years…

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      1. In watching the Martin Scorsese doc on him I was struck about how his friends talked about him- how much they loved him.

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          1. I think that John and Paul were having problems seeing George as an equal- which in 1969-he was becoming as far as his songwriting–they were used to the competition from one another- but here comes George… I have always thought the biggest obstacle to a Beatles reunion- when it was possible or if tragic events hadn’t happened would have been George- not John and Paul. No way would George do it without having a 1/3rd share of the songwriting….

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