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Take a Dip in "Sour Milk Sea," a 1968 Track Featuring Three Beatles and Eric Clapton

The most famous thing Jackie Lomax, a former member of a Liverpool band called the Undertakers, was ever involved in is the recording of "Sour Milk Sea." The song, which was released in 1968, is legendary because it is very nearly a Beatles recording.Like a lot of Beatles songs, "Sour Milk Sea" was recorded—in the Sixties—at Abbey Road Studios in London. Also like a lot of Beatles songs, it was... …

George Harrison and Paul Simon Play "Here Comes the Sun"

On April 24, 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels appeared on SNL, which was still in its infancy, and offered the Beatles the whopping (and completely ludicrous) sum of $3,000 to regroup and perform three songs.“‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah—that’s $1,000 right there," Michaels said. "You know the words. It’ll be easy. Like I said, this is made out to ‘The Beatles.’ You [can]... …

Exploring John Lennon's Acoustic Guitar Technique with the Beatles

In the decades since his passing on December 8, 1980, John Lennon’s legend has continued to grow, both for his contributions to the Beatles and his accomplishments as a solo artist.Even so, he is rarely singled out for his acoustic guitar playing. This is perhaps due to the spotlight-grabbing abundance of “stand- alone” acoustic Beatles cuts written by Paul McCartney, such as “Blackbird,” ... …

Watch Foo Fighters, Joe Perry and Liam Gallagher Play the Beatles' "Come Together"

This past weekend, the Foo Fighters—who we profiled in the December issue of Guitar World—headlined the Cal Jam '17 festival, a giant gathering in San Bernardino, California, that the band curated.The festival—which also featured Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, the Kills, Liam Gallagher, Babes in Toyland and Bob Mould to name a few—was the sight of some remarkable moments, not the... …

John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards Play the Beatles' "Yer Blues"

On September 13, 1969, John Lennon performed at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Canada, with a hastily assembled backing band.The band, which performed under the "Plastic Ono Band" moniker, included Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass and future Yes member Alan White on drums. Oh, right; Yoko Ono was there too ...The band rehearsed twice—once during the flight from London to Toronto... …

Watch The Beatles Record "Hey Bulldog" in 1968

Even though the Beatles hired a film crew to document the 1969 recording sessions for what would become their final album, 1970's Let It Be, it's uncommon to see studio footage of the band at work before that time.Which is why the official "Hey Bulldog" music video is so unique.The February 1968 footage seen in the clip was originally utilized in the "Lady Madonna" promotional video, until... …

Guide to the Recording Equipment, Songs and Instruments Featured on The Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

While the Beatles spent the first months of 1969 getting back to their roots with the Let It Be sessions, EMI's Abbey Road Studios was moving headlong into the future.On November 23, 1968, Studio Two's control room had been outfitted with EMI's new TG12345 mixer, the first transistorized recording console in Abbey Road. The studio's old tube mixers were on their way out, their limited channels... …

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... …

Exploring Eric Clapton's Collaborations with The Beatles, Part 2

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... …

Watch Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen Play "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden

Friday night, September 15, Paul McCartney played the first of his two scheduled concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden—as part of his larger four-venue, eight-show run in New York City.That night, he surprised and delighted the crowd by welcoming Bruce Springsteen and his right-hand man—Steven Van Zandt—for a performance of The Beatles classic, "I Saw Her Standing There."McCartney... …

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