Spotlight: George Harrison
(1969) The “Quiet Beatle” always wanted more of his songs on Beatle albums. It took some time before he had the song writing experience needed. In an interview, John Lennon said Harrison “just hadn’t had the practice as a writer that we’d had.”
Harrison’s “Something” on the Abbey Road LP was praised by Lennon and McCartney as one of the best songs the group had to offer. It was the first Beatles song written by George to appear as a single “A” side and the only chart topper he wrote while still a member of the band.
The song’s starting line, “Something in the way she moves” comes from a different James Taylor song of that title.
“Something” is one of the most covered Beatles songs. Artists who have recorded a version include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, James Brown, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Ike & Tina Turner, the Miracles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Isaac Hayes, Julio Iglesias, Mina and Phish!
As was the customary practice, the band helped create a music videos to promote their singles, but by this time each Beatle had gone their own personal direction. Neil Aspinall directed the filming which was completed before the band broke up.
Of the more than 150 cover versions, Harrison’s favorite was by James Brown, which was kept in his personal jukebox. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Something” #6 of the Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs in 2010.
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