2040 Hard To Handle – Otis Redding (1968)

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Otis Redding. 

This song was written by Otis Redding, Al Bell, and Allen Jones. It was recorded by Otis Redding in 1967. It was released as a posthumous single in 1968 with Amen on the B-side. The single reached number fifteen on the UK Singles chart. The song was also included on the 1968 album The Immortal Otis Redding. Both George Harrison and Paul McCartney liked the song. Hard To Handle influenced the middle eight of The Beatles’ song I’ve Got A Feeling.

Now Hear This: I’ve Got A Feeling – The Beatles (1970)

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2039 Blue Yodel – Jimmie Rodgers (1928)

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Blue Yodel.

Also known as ‘T’ For Texas and Blue Yodel No.1, this song was written by Jimmie Rodgers in 1927. It was first recorded by him the same year and was released as a single in 1928. The B-side was Away Out On The Mountain. It was the first in a series of thirteen ‘blue yodels’ written by Jimmie Rodgers between 1927 and 1933. George Harrison’s father, Harold Harrison, was a fan of Jimmie Rodgers and owned several of his singles . George Harrison’s song Rocking Chair In Hawaii is influenced by Jimmie Rodgers in general and Blue Yodel in particular.

Now Hear This: Rocking Chair In Hawaii – George Harrison (2002)

2017 Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow) – Plastic Ono Band (1969)

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Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow).

This song was written by Yoko Ono in 1968. It was first recorded by her in 1968 and released on the EP Aspen No. 7 in 1969. The song was re-recorded by Plastic Ono Band in 1969. That version was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The recording features John Lennon and Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass and Ringo Starr on drums. It was released as the B-side to Cold Turkey in 1969. The single reached number twelve on the UK Singles chart and number thirty on the Billboard chart. The song was part of Plastic Ono Band’s repertoire. Live versions have been released on Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (1969) and Some Time In New York City (1972). The version released on Some Time In New York City features John Lennon and George Harrison on guitar.

Now Hear This: Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow) (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow) (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1972)

2016 Cold Turkey – Plastic Ono Band (1969)

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Cold Turkey.

Cold Turkey was written by John Lennon. It was recorded by Plastic Ono Band in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The recording features Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass, and Ringo Starr on drums. Cold Turkey was released as a single on the Apple Records label in 1969. The B-side was Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow). The single reached number twelve on the UK Singles chart and number thirty on the Billboard chart. The song was part of John Lennon’s repertoire. Live versions have been released on Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (1969), Some Time In New York City (1972), and Live In New York City (1986). The version released on Some Time In New York City features George Harrison on guitar.

Now Hear This: Cold Turkey (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
Cold Turkey (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1972)
Cold Turkey (live) – John Lennon (1986)

1999 Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles (1969)

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Here Comes The Sun.

Here Comes The Sun was written by George Harrison. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. The recording does not feature John Lennon. It was first released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. In Japan the song was released as the B-side to Oh! Darling in 1970. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with The Inner Light.

The song was part of George Harrison’s repertoire. He performed the song at the Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971. The band included Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Billy Preston among others. That version was released on the 1971 album The Concert For Bangla Desh. George Harrison performed the song live with Paul Simon when he appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1976. George Harrison also performed the song live at The Prince’s Trust Concert in 1987. The band included Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins, and Dave Edmunds among others. That version was released on the album The Prince’s Trust Concert 1987. He also performed the song live during his appearance on Rockline in 1988. A live version recorded in Japan in 1991 features Eric Clapton on guitar. It was released on the album Live In Japan in 1992. Joe Brown performed the song live at the Concert For George in 2002. That version was released on the 2003 album Concert For George. George Harrison wrote an unofficial sequel to the song called Here Comes The Moon. It was released on his 1979 album George Harrison. Here Comes The Sun is mentioned in Ringo Starr’s 2003 song Never Without You.

Now Hear This: Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison And Friends (1971)
Here Comes The Moon – George Harrison (1978)
Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison (1987)
Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison (1992)
Here Comes The Sun – Joe Brown (2002)
Never Without You – Ringo Starr (2003)
Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light (Transition) – The Beatles (2006)

1993 Something – The Beatles (1969)

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Something.

Something was written by George Harrison in 1968. The song was first played during The Beatles sessions in 1968. It was later played during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. A demo version recorded in 1969 was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 3. Something was recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios with overdubs recorded at Olympic Sound Studios in London. The recording was produced by George Martin and features Billy Preston on Hammond organ. It was first released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. Something was later released as a single with Come Together on the B-side. The single reached number one on the Billboard chart and number four on the UK Singles chart. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Blue Jay Way.
The song was part of George Harrison’s repertoire. He performed it live at the Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971. The band included Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell among others. That version was released on the 1971 album The Concert For Bangla Desh. A live version recorded in Japan in 1991 was released on the album Live In Japan in 1992. That version features Eric Clapton on guitar. George Harrison also performed the song live during his appearance on Rockline in 1988. The song is also part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. He performed it live at Concert For George in 2002. The band included Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. That version was released on the 2003 album Concert For George. Other live versions have been released on Back In The U.S. (2002) Back In The World (2003), and Good Evening New York City (2009). The song was performed live by Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh at A Grammy Salute To The Beatles in 2014.

Now Hear This: Something – George Harrison And Friends (1971)
Something – George Harrison (1992)
Something (demo) – The Beatles (1996)
Something – Paul McCartney (2002)
Something – Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton (2003)
Something – Paul McCartney (2003)
Something/Blue Jay Way (Transition) – The Beatles (2006)
Something – Paul McCartney (2009)

1990 Old Brown Shoe – The Beatles (1969)

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Old Brown Shoe.

Old Brown Shoe was written by George Harrison.  The song was first played by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. A demo version recorded in 1969 was released on Anthology 3 in 1996. Old Brown Shoe was recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. It was released as the B-side to The Ballad Of John And Yoko. The single reached number one on the UK Singles chart and number eight on the Billboard chart. The song was part of George Harrison’s repertoire. A live version recorded in Japan in 1991 was released in 1992 on the album Live In Japan.  Gary Brooker performed the song live at The Concert For George in 2002. That version was released in 2003 on the album The Concert For George.

Now Hear This: Old Brown Shoe – George Harrison (1992)
Old Brown Shoe (demo) – The Beatles (1996)
Old Brown Shoe – Gary Brooker (2003)