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When The Beatles named-dropped Elmore James

When The Beatles named-dropped Elmore James

When The Beatles named-dropped Elmore James
January 27
09:29 2023

Blues legend Elmore James has a lasting legacy in popular music thanks to one of his major innovations: the slide guitar. While James didn’t invent the technique, it’s hard to argue against the idea that he perfected it. Everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Brian Jones acknowledged James’ influence, and his impact even found its way to unexpected acts like Frank Zappa and The Beatles.

While none of James’ material ever made it into The Beatles’ repertoire, his music was floating around the diverse listening habits of the four band members. Toward the tail-end of the band’s existence, George Harrison began to experiment with slide guitar, prominently using the technique throughout his solo career. But on one of Harrison’s Beatles-era blues numbers, he wasn’t actually the man holding the slide.

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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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