Christmas time is here again! So sang the Beatles on their 1967 Christmas record, one of several now-collectable flexi-discs issued annually to members of the band's official fan clubs in the UK and the US. The records, which often were mini-masterpieces in their own right (1966 and 1967 in particular), featured spoken and musical messages from all four members of the band.
John Lennon wrote this gentle folk-rock ballad in the autumn of 1965 at his home in Kenwood, St. George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey. Just as "Yesterday" mysteriously came to Paul McCartney, "Nowhere Man" simply came to Lennon at dawn after he'd stayed up all night, struggling to come up with a new song for Rubber Soul. He happened upon a phrase, "nowhere man," which, he felt, described his own fears about himself.
The Beatles' 19th single in Britain — "Get Back," backed with "Don't Let Me Down" — was released April 11, 1969, so the song was already well known when the Let It Be album was released more than a year later. However, the single version (available on Past Masters) was recorded January 28, 1969 (as was "Don't Let Me Down"), while the album version was recorded the previous day — and it shows.
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jackie Lomax died Monday, September 16, at age 69. He died on on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England, which he was visiting to attend the wedding of one of his children. Although Beatles fans will most likely remember Lomax for recording a George Harrison-penned track called "Sour Milk Sea" in 1968, Lomax originally rose to prominence as a member of a Merseybeat group called the Undertakers in the early ’60s.
"'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album," George Harrison explained in 1980. "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing, so I went into an empty studio and began to write. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks."
On September 6, 1968 — at the behest of George Harrison — guitarist Eric Clapton entered Abbey Road Studio Two in London to overdub lead guitar onto a brand-new Beatles song called "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
When recording With The Beatles, producer George Martin frequently bounced tracks from one two-track tape recorder to another in order to add additional overdubs. The technique became less necessary when Abbey Road began making four-track recorders available to The Beatles around the time of A Hard Day's Night.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new video featuring Gypsy jazz guitarist Robin Nolan. In the video, Nolan performs a new track called "Ravi" with thenewno2 frontman (and the son of the late George Harrison) Dhani Harrison.
Today, July 7, is Ringo Starr's birthday. Here's a look at five songs from Ringo's solo career that feature great guitar work by big-name guitarists. From 1970's Sentimental Journey through 2012's Ringo 2012, Ringo's albums have featured guest appearances by several top-shelf guitarists, including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and more.