Dark Horse: Celebrating George Harrison

Music magazines frequently publish so-called ‘definitive’ lists of the 100 greatest guitarists, and you can usually predict which names will end up near the top. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck… all deserving of their places, of course. But you won’t often see George Harrison’s name in the top ten, or even the top twenty, which is bizarre considering he was one of the all-time great guitarists and was part of the most iconic band in history. Continue reading “Dark Horse: Celebrating George Harrison”

The Trials of a Millennial Beatles Fan

I’m what you might call a second or third generation Beatles fan (I can never quite work out where the line is drawn). By the time I was born, two decades had passed since their break-up. This had one big advantage: it ensured that I would grow up with the internet, which gave me a place to indulge my obsession and connect with like-minded people from around the world. Visiting Beatles fan sites, participating in forums and chatting with others — some my own age, some older — who loved The Beatles as much as me, watching endless clips on YouTube (where else could you watch Paul McCartney making mashed potatoes?) and, of course, writing this blog… the internet has made it easy for us all to come together (pun absolutely intended) and express our shared interest. Continue reading “The Trials of a Millennial Beatles Fan”

Song Spotlight: If I Fell

This week I’d like to take a look at one of my all-time favourite Beatles ballads: ‘If I Fell’.

Written mainly by John Lennon, with input from Paul McCartney, ‘If I Fell’ is a track from 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night album and film. It’s yet another example of how good John was at writing ballads, even though some people have always considered him to be the ‘hard-edged’ Beatle. Continue reading “Song Spotlight: If I Fell”

Song Spotlight: The Night Before

This week’s Song Spotlight focuses on what has always been my favourite track from 1965’s Help! album: ‘The Night Before’.

‘The Night Before’ is the second song on Help! and was also included in the film. It was written by Paul McCartney, who sings the lead vocal, accompanied by harmonies from John Lennon and George Harrison. John also plays electric piano. Continue reading “Song Spotlight: The Night Before”