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While My Guitar Gently Weeps was released in Australia as a double-A-side single with Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Australian singles chart:
The record entered the Kent charts on 22 February 1969 and was a #1 hit. It was #3 on the Top 100 of 1969.
The songs were on The Beatles (aka the White Album) which entered the Kent album charts in the #1 position on 21 December 1968. The album remained in the top spot for 16 weeks.
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BONUS SONGS BELOW – scroll down for a live version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the Concert for George, and for Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
While My Guitar Gently Weeps was written by George Harrison, the band’s lead guitarist. The song serves as a comment on the disharmony within the Beatles following their return from studying Transcendental Meditation in India in early 1968. This lack of camaraderie was reflected in the band’s initial apathy towards the composition, which Harrison countered by inviting his friend and occasional collaborator, Eric Clapton, to contribute to the recording. Clapton overdubbed a lead guitar part, although he was not formally credited for his contribution.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/While_My_Guitar_Gently_Weeps
Eric Clapton 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.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-beatles/while-my-guitar-gently-weeps
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 60s
For While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Peter Frampton, click HERE
While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the Concert for George
The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 29 November 2002 as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death.
Eric Clapton: lead vocals, lead guitar solos
Paul McCartney: lead vocals, piano
Ringo Starr: drums
Dhani Harrison: acoustic guitar
Marc Mann: lead guitar
The title comes from a reggae band called Jimmy Scott and his Obla Di Obla Da Band. Says McCartney, “A fella who used to hang around the clubs used to say in a Jamaican accent, “Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on,” and he got annoyed when I did a song of it, ’cause he wanted a cut. I said, ‘Come on, Jimmy, it’s just an expression.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-beatles/ob-la-di-ob-la-da
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