“It made them all try a bit harder…”

6 Sep

On 6 September 1968, during a ride from Surrey into London, George Harrison asked his friend Eric Clapton to add a lead guitar solo to the song”While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Clapton was reluctant; he said, “Nobody ever plays on the Beatles’ records”; but Harrison convinced him and Clapton’s solo, using a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was recorded that evening.[3] Harrison later said that in addition to his solo, Clapton’s presence had another effect on the band: “It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behaviour.”[3]

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