Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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203 – The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)
Written by George Harrison
Produced by George Martin
Label – Apple

It’s arguable that “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is not only one of the best songs on “The White Album”, but could be considered as George Harrison’s greatest composition as a member of The Beatles. His growing discontent by the failure of Lennon and McCartney to take his writing seriously was developing a rift that had seen him as a virtual outsider during the 1967 “Sgt. Pepper” sessions, and his decision to invite Eric Clapton to play lead guitar almost feels like a “f*%k you” gesture to the rest of the band. Clapton initially refused to participate, saying, “Nobody ever plays on the Beatles’ records.” “So what?” Harrison countered. “It’s my song.”

 

 

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