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The Beatles song that cut George Harrison’s guitar solo

The Beatles song that cut George Harrison’s guitar solo

The Beatles song that cut George Harrison’s guitar solo
December 31
12:02 2021

Throughout his career in The Beatles, George Harrison only had one defined role: lead guitarist. It’s what he was hired to do when he first joined the band, and for many of his early songs with the band, it was his sole contribution to the creative process. Harrison picked up singing, songwriting, and production as he went along, but his spot as lead guitarist was unchallenged.

Except when someone else stepped in. Starting with Help!, Paul McCartney began to play the guitar more frequently on recordings, including for tracks like ‘Another Girl’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’. Though Harrison almost exclusively still got the solo, McCartney even began to take those as well, starting with ‘Drive My Car’ and ‘Taxman’ and continuing on intermittently throughout the band’s career. Even John Lennon got some lead licks in there, providing the lead guitar for songs like ‘Revolution’, ‘Yer Blues’, and ‘Get Back’.

Still, Harrison’s lack of input was rarely for lack of talent. Often it was simply quicker and more efficient for the song’s writer to play the solo that they had imagined rather than take previous studio time to teach Harrison the part. If Harrison was stumped, or indisposed, he humbly stepped aside. But one solo in particular found Harrison’s lead work fall short of expectations.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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