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,…

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…

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…