By the fall of 1965, the Beatles and George Martin had come to regard the recording studio as a place to experiment, think outside the box and slowly pull away from their tried-and-true formulas. On October 12 of that year, they did just that, recording a brilliant new John Lennon composition inspired by a clandestine affair he was having at the time. The recording would feature an exciting new tool, George Harrison's sitar.
One of the highlights from last night's 54th Grammy Awards broadcast on CBS was the event's final moment -- a performance of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End" by Paul McCartney and his band.
Sir Paul McCartney had a busy day yesterday. Besides performing a show live from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles -- a show that was live-streamed for free via iTunes last night -- the former Beatle got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In an interview with the Metro, Paul McCartney said he sometimes finds it hard to believe he was in The Beatles. McCartney added that he's happy the novelty of being in the most important band in the history of rock and roll still hadn't faded for him.
"Each Beatles album is great in its own unique way, but there's something about 'Sgt. Pepper's' that makes it stand alone," says guitarist Andy Timmons. "To call it a masterpiece is kind of a given. Of course it's a work of art, but what's amazing is the vivid feelings it evokes. Every time I hear it, I'm transported to being a kid again."
A guitar solo from the George Harrison-penned Beatles song, "Here Comes the Sun," has been discovered at Abbey Road studios after 43 years. The solo, which never made the final cut on one of Harrison's two contributions to The Beatles' 1969 Abbey Road album, was found by Harrison's son Dhani, Beatles' producer George Martin and Martin's son Giles during a recent visit to the Abbey Road studios in London.
A new iPad app will allow Beatles and guitar fans the chance to check out the personal guitar collection of the late George Harrison. The app, The Guitar Collection: George Harrison, will be released through iTunes on February 23, two days before what would have been the former Beatle's 69th birthday.
Paul McCartney has announced his interest in starting a sightseeing business in The Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, England. McCartney said he “wants to give something back to the locals” of Liverpool in the form of a special sightseeing production.