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Hear a Snippet of The Beatles' Unreleased 1963 Demo of "What Goes On"

A rare, unreleased demo of The Beatles' "What Goes On"—recorded in 1963 and featuring John Lennon on vocals—has surfaced on on eBay through Parlogram.Though the song would not be released by The Fab Four until 1965's Rubber Soul, the song actually predates The Beatles. Lennon originally wrote the song all the way back in the late Fifties, for his pre-Beatles group the Quarrymen.Lennon kept the... …

Eric Clapton's Collaborations with The Beatles, Part 2: Seventies, Eighties and Beyond

Sometime in early 1968, when the Beatles' George Harrison invited Cream's Eric Clapton to play guitar on a tune—a psychedelic instrumental rocker that would wind up on Harrison's Wonderwall Music album—a great classic-rock tradition was born.For the next five decades—or at least through 2013—Clapton and his guitar would wind up in recording studios with the Beatles. And, of course, by "the... …

A Guide to The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Guitars and Gear

The studio experimentation that had begun with Revolver advanced to the next level on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.In many ways, 1966 had been a watershed for the Beatles. They had broken from the two-albums-per-year formula that had brought their record company, EMI, so much money, but which had occasionally depleted the group’s well of creativity.Revolver was the only full-length... …

George Harrison's Best Slide Solos? Check Out John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?" and "Gimme Some Truth"

In mid-1971, more than a year after the Beatles officially split, John Lennon started recording what would become his second proper solo album, Imagine.The album, which was released later that year, was a critical and commercial success, not to mention a perennial fan favorite.It also marks one of the only times Lennon recorded with his former Beatles bandmate, guitarist George Harrison, after... …

Chuck Berry and John Lennon Rock 'The Mike Douglas Show' in 1972

In February 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over The Mike Douglas Show for a full week.It was a week filled with unusual guests, including Ralph Nader, Jerry Rubin and Surgeon General Dr. Jesse Steinfeld. Douglas called it "probably the most memorable week I did in all my 20-something years on air."The musical highlight of the week, however, was an appearance by one of Lennon's biggest... …

Watch the Beatles Dissect "Tomorrow Never Knows" in the Nineties

In the mid-Nineties, while Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were working on the Beatles' massive Anthology project, they got together with George Martin, their old producer, at Abbey Road Studios to discuss and dissect a few classic Beatles tracks.In the incredible clip below, you can watch as they go through the various parts of John Lennon's Revolver masterpiece, "Tomorrow... …

Exactly What's Going On in "And Your Bird Can Sing"?

Here's a handy video we recently stumbled upon. It's a three-screen clip that shows the magic of "And Your Bird Can Sing," a 1966 track that always ranks as one the Beatles' best "guitar songs." ... …

Hear The Beatles' Isolated "Revolution" Guitar Track

Even though most of the Beatles' music is no longer readily available on YouTube, you can still find the odd nugget or two. Like this one, for instance: the isolated guitar track from "Revolution," the John Lennon-penned B-side of "Hey Jude," which was released as a single August 26, 1968.At the time this track was recorded, distortion was well established as an electronic effect for guitarists... …

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