While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on September 6th of 1968 Eric Clapton records the guitar solo for the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, becoming the first non-Beatle to appear on one of their recordings. George Harrison later said that Clapton’s presence had another effect on the band: “It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behaviour.” He and George Harrison were good friends, but George had to convince him to come to the studio because Clapton was worried the other Beatles wouldn’t want him there. Clapton’s presence eased the mood in the studio at a tense time for The Beatles – they were at each other’s throats during recording of The White Album, but they all relaxed when Clapton showed up. Harrison often had to fight to get his songs on the albums. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were not interested in this song at first, but came around when Harrison brought Clapton to the studio.This was originally recorded as an acoustic ballad with just Harrison on acoustic guitar and Paul McCartney on organ. This version can be found on some bootlegs and on The Beatles Anthology 3. This was the first song Ringo played on after leaving the band in frustration a few weeks earlier. He returned to find flowers on his drums to welcome him back. Clapton used a Les Paul guitar on this track. Later in his career, he switched to a Fender Stratocaster. After working on this song, Eric Clapton became good friends with John Lennon, and played with him on some of his solo work. When George Harrison threatened to leave The Beatles in 1969, Lennon was ready to replace him with Clapton. Even though this was not a hit, it is one of the most enduring Beatles songs. It remains popular on classic rock radio.