Bob Dylan: Something (George Harrison)

  Something in the way she moves Attracts me like no other lover Something in the way she woos me – I’ve always liked the way George Harrison plays guitar—restrained and good. ~Bob Dylan (to Ron Rosenbaum, Nov 1977) He was a giant, a great, great soul, with all the humanity, all the wit and humor, all the wisdom, the spirituality, the …

The Beatles 40 best songs: at 17 Get Back

“Get Back is Paul. That’s a better version of Lady Madonna. You know, a potboiler rewrite.” – John Lennon (1980) The song was credited to The Beatles and Billy Preston. It was The Beatles’ only single that credited another artist. We have included 10 different versions in this post! “Get Back” is a song recorded by the Beatles, originally released as a …

The Beatles 40 best songs: at 18 Ticket To Ride

The Beatles were such a prolific album act that it’s sometimes hard to abstract their later singles; here, they ride their roots as a bar band in Liverpool and Hamburg to a new kind of glory. ~Dave Marsh (The Heart of Rock & Soul) The opening circular riff, played on 12-string guitar by George Harrison, was a signpost for the …

The Beatles 40 best songs: at 19 Helter Skelter

“I was in Scotland and I read in Melody Maker that Pete Townshend had said: ‘We’ve just made the raunchiest, loudest, most ridiculous rock ‘n’ roll record you’ve ever heard.’ I never actually found out what track it was that The Who had made, but that got me going,  just hearing him talk about it. So I said to the …

August 15: The Beatles played at Shea Stadium in 1965

“Now, ladies and gentlemen, honoured by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are The Beatles!” – Ed Sullivan The Shea Stadium concert on 15 August was record breaking and one of the most famous concert events of its era.  Over 55,000 people saw the concert.  “Beatlemania” was at one of its highest marks at the Shea …

August 6 in music history

August 6: The Beatles released “Help!” in 1965 (read more) .. a big step forward, exploring doubt, loneliness, alienation, adult sexual longing, acoustic guitars, electric piano, bongos, castanets, and the finest George songs known to man. … Help! was utterly ruined in its U.S. version, which cut half the songs and added worthless orchestral soundtrack filler, so it’s always been …

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