All you guitar-playing Beatles fans who still don't own iPads, take note: The Guitar Collection: George Harrison, a new app devoted to George Harrison's Beatles-era guitars, is available through iTunes today, two days before the guitarist's 69th birthday.
In honor of Harrison's 69th birthday -- which would have been this Saturday, February 25 -- we're asking you to choose his best Fab Four composition. All of his official EMI Beatles compositions are listed below.
At age 69, Paul McCartney is busier than he was when he was 29. His new album, Kisses On The Bottom, came out February 7. He got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 9. He was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year on February 10. And he closed out Sunday night's Grammy Awards with a performance of The Beatles' "The End" that featured a jam with Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl.
"You Can't Do That," one of many jealousy-themed songs in John Lennon's catalog, was released as the B-side of "Can't Buy Me Love" on March 20 while the band was hard at work filming A Hard Day's Night. It is the first of the film songs to be recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two -- on February 25, 1964 -- after the band's successful trip to the United States.
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."