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THE THROWBACK: Today Would Be George Harrison’s 70th; Check Out The “Lost Solo” From ‘Here Comes The
February 25, 2013
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Today, George Harrison, The Beatles' lead guitarist, would have turned 70 years old.

In honour of the great Beatle's legacy, here's a video of Sir George Martin (the band's recording engineer), his son Giles Martin, and Dhani Harrison listening to the original tracks from The Beatles' recording of 'Here Comes the Sun'.

The video shows the trio rediscovering a solo that Harrison recorded for the song, but which never made it into the final mix.

'Here Comes the Sun' is one of the most-recognized Beatles songs Harrison ever wrote (alongside 'Something' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps').

And the story of how he wrote it is pretty great.

According to Harrison's autobiography, the song came to him in the winter of 1969, at a time when working with the Beatles' record label Apple was "getting like school," with the band having "to go and be businessmen: 'Sign this' and 'sign that'."

One day, he decided to play hooky and went over to Eric Clapton's house - as you do when you're George Harrison.

The day off inspired Harrison, and he says he "walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote 'Here Comes the Sun'."

Not a bad day's work. Maybe the record label should have given Harrison a few more days off. Who knows what would have happened.

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To commemorate what would have been Harrison's 70th birthday, a vigil was held today in Liverpool. Fans left flowers on The Beatles statue in Cavern Walks.

"It is only right that we honour George, his character and his creative genius on what would have been his 70th birthday," John James Chambers, founder of the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society, told the Liverpool Echo. "Musically he was very special and what the Beatles did will never happen again."

Of course, Harrison had a rich and varied solo career as well. Here he is singing 'My Sweet Lord' live. And check out the music video for his 1987 cover of Rudy Clark's 'Got My Mind Set On You' right here. The tune was one of Harrison's three number-one singles in the U.S.

By the way, George's son Dhani Harrison is busy with his own music career.

His band thenewno2 has a new album, he scored the movie version of the YA-lit hit Beautiful Creatures, and collaborated with the Wu-Tang Clan.

You can read more about the younger Harrison right here.

For further musical musings, new and old, join the collective for The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2, every Sunday night at 8PM. And if you'd like to catch up or relisten, all of the episodes are archived here.

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