Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I reckon I'm as knowledgeable as most knowledgeable Beatles fans, but Beatles Anecdotes has got tidbits I never knew.

"On the Fab Four’s 1965 tour of the U.S., Byrd David Crosby introduced George Harrison to both the sitar and the music of sitar legend Ravi Shankar. The rest is history as Harrison became fascinated with both the sitar and Indian music. This introduction culminated in Harrison using the sitar in “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) on Rubber Soul, the first ever time a sitar appeared on a pop record."

"For the groudbreaking 1968 double album that is universally known as “The White Album”, Eric Clapton seems to get all the attention when it comes to the subject of collaborators on the album. However famous Clapton’s lead guitar on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” may be, we must not forgot that the song “Birthday” represents the only time that the wives of the Fab Four helped out in the studio. Yoko Ono, Pattie Boyd and Maureen Starkey all provided both backing vocals and handclaps on “Birthday”. Please note that during the recording of the album that Paul was still a bachelor."

There's loads of this kind of stuff.

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