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REMEMBERING GEORGE HARRISON & JOHN LENNON 2011 PT.1

It is that bittersweet time of year again.
Between the deaths of George Harrison and John Lennon- one by disease, the other murdered.
I hadn't realized it was 10 years ago for George, he died on November 29th, 2001, and we here in New York were still reeling from the attacks of Sept.11th.
As is usual for these shows, I will try to play interesting things you may never have heard.
In this episode dedicated to George, I have a bare version, without the chorus, of a #1 Billboard song for him, followed by an answer song to it that came 35 YEARS later...and by another former Beatle!
Then a musical look at the friendship between George and Bob Dylan.
So if you were/are a fan of George Harrison, The Beatles or Bob Dylan, you should find something enjoyable and fascinating here.
Next up, John Lennon.
 
Here's the link to happier times for the quiet Beatle, at WLSO.FM:
 

 
Mike
 

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 8, 2011 at 11:12pm
Niels,
I understand about the time, we all wish we had more.
But aren't you the BIG Beatles fan, besides me, lol?
I will consider your song suggestions, George's is a New Year song and I used to play it every year.
Hope you get the chance to listen,
Mike
Comment by Niels (Mod) on December 8, 2011 at 8:47am

Hey Mike. I wish, I had some more time, so I could listen to your shows. I SHOULD be listening, when it's "about" Beatles. There's something about Beatles and Christmas, that really fits. Probably because of the murder of Lennon, but also because of "War Is Over", which of course is the best christmas-song ever. New year is coming, so you could also play "Bring out the old, bring in the new" or whatver the song by Harrison from '74 is called. If I'll get a change, I'll listen again.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 8, 2011 at 8:09am

Hahahahaha...don't worry I'll help you!

Hey, he picked on me too, with that best show in recent memory crack.

Wonder how long that recent memory goes back, lol?

Just because you are paranoid, that doesn't mean people aren't REALLY against you, lol!

Mike

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 8, 2011 at 8:04am

There is always somebody here picking on me.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 8, 2011 at 7:41am
Scott,
You are picking on RJ, lol!
It was special, and you probably remember George's other reminiscence, When We Was Fab.
Jeff Lynne was clearly influenced by the Beatles, but I don't think he had anything to do with that song.
He did produce Cloud Nine for George some years later.
Yes, I know about and have that My Sweet Lord 2000, considered playing it but chose the other bare one.
Haven't listened to it in a while, but I seem to recall George's son Dhanni was on it right?
I'll get you I Dont Wanna Do It.
I remember I didn't have the patience to listen to Slow Train Comin' when it came out, I was too busy doing other things I shouldn't have, lol!
I still haven't heard it straight through, but what I have is very good, particularly with Mark Knopfler on it.

Probably my most favorite show in recent memory!

I must be slipping...but you gotta admit, I don't pander, lol!
Thanks for listening and writing, I'll be in touch about that song,

Mike

Comment by Scott on December 7, 2011 at 12:50pm

Love the opener Mike!  I remember this coming out as a tribute to Lennon, so unlike RJ, I was informed!  hahahahaha (I Kid, or do I? ), anyway ... it certainly made the track extra special.

 

Would you happen to know if the Harrison collaboration with Jeff Lynne started around this same time?  Just curious, cause I hear some of that "ELO" influence in the track that I never noticed before until now.

 

The 30th Anniversary Edition of All Things Must Pass (Which is the version I own) contains "My Sweet Lord 2000" - IT has a cleaner 12 string acoustic sound and some extra geetar support.  I think its my favorite version of the song.  But I like the track any way its played...

 

Loved the I Dont Wanna Do It collab with Dylan, where can I find that?  Its my favorite on the show, easily!  By the way, Slow Train Comin', from Dylans "Born Again" period, is another great album and special collaboration with the Mark Knopfler and some of the original Dire Straits.  Solid work on that disc!!

 

Probably my most favorite show in recent memory!

Comment by Mike Pell on December 7, 2011 at 12:18am

No show last week, I took the week off.

Nothing wrong with your eyesight, lol!

And I guess the Everly Bros. is just the one I am used to, seems like the definitive version of the song to me.

Mike

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 6, 2011 at 2:14pm

Did you post shows last week?  If so, I must be blind.

 

The reason I like this version better is the roughness of it.  The Everly's is just too polished, although I'm not saying their version is no good.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 6, 2011 at 1:31pm
RJ,
Thanks, this is Beatles Central, lol!
The Greatest Group That Ever Existed!
Yes, George dedicated All Those Years Ago to John after the shooting, when you listen to the words he even says "I always looked up to you".
My Sweet Lord is a great song, but I have heard it too much, so I have to look for other, more interesting versions.
Wasn't that Oh My Lord by Ringo a surprise?
Clearly a tribute to George, and 35 years later!
Wow, The Golden Pell goes All I Have To Do Is Dream by George and Bob, and you like that version better than the Everly Bros.?
I don't know...for me it's still the Everlys, lol!
You know, I think I would have given the Pell to George's Absolutely Sweet Marie from the Dylan 30th Concert- what an All-Star band he has playing with him and it ROCKS!
I think you will find John's half very, very intriguing.
Thanks for the listen and writing, I missed that last week, lol,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 6, 2011 at 11:15am

Mike,

 

As usual, I get all the “Beatles” history I need right here.  Awesome. 

 

For instance, I’ve heard the song “All Those Years Ago”, but I never knew it was a tribute to Lennon or that the other 3 Beatles were on it.  Good info.

 

For many years, I didn’t like the song “My Sweet Lord”.  Now I kind of like it.  I like this stripped down version as well.

 

The trio of songs “Oh My Lord” by Ringo, “I Don’t Wanna Do It” by George (the Bob Dylan song) and “All I Have To Do Is Dream” by George and Bob were all very cool.  The Golden Pell comes from this group of songs, and it goes to the latter.  I actually like that version better than the hit version by the Everly Bros.

 

Good show dude, looking forward to the Lennon portion.

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