The Beatles: George Harrison ‘wasn’t thrilled’ by Frank Sinatra covering his song

The Beatles: Get Back documentary teased by Peter Jackson

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The Beatles released their 11th album, Abbey Road, in September 1969. Just a year before the band split up, the Fab Four had dropped some of their most memorable work to date. Included in the album were some incredible hits including Come Together and Here Comes The Sun. Perhaps the most notable work on the album was George Harrison’s Something.

Something, which was released as a single, quickly became one of the band’s best-known and best-loved tracks.

The song is a lovesick ballad which George later revealed was inspired by his wife at the time, Pattie Boyd.

Something’s fame spread through the music industry quickly, with artists including Shirley Bassey and James Brown covering it on stage.

However, arguably the biggest singer to cover it was legendary Hollywood singer, Frank Sinatra.

Frank claimed the song was the “greatest love song of the past 50 years” and also praised the track’s composition.

He added he “especially admired the way the lyric evokes a girl who isn’t even present.”

Over the years the My Way singer covered the track numerous times in concert, but often mistakenly referred to it as being written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Paul later commented on this, saying: “I think Frank Sinatra used to introduce Something as his favourite Lennon-McCartney song. Thanks Frank.”

The Beatles: Get Back preview released by Peter Jackson

The LA Times reported Frank corrected his error from 1978 onwards, giving George the proper credit when he performed it.

George himself wasn’t too bothered by the fact his track was being covered by one of the greatest voices in history.

Speaking in The Beatles: Anthology, he revealed: “When I wrote it, in my mind I heard Ray Charles singing it, and he did do it some years later.

“At the time I wasn’t particularly thrilled that Frank Sinatra did Something.”

Despite this, George changed his tune years later when he added: “I’m more thrilled now than I was then. I wasn’t really into Frank – he was the generation before me.

“I was more interested when Smokey Robinson did it and when James Brown did it. But I’m very pleased now, whoever’s done it. I realise that the sign of a good song is when it has lots of cover versions.”

George was certainly right, as Something was one of the few Beatles songs Elvis Presley covered.

The King of Rock and Roll even covered the track on his 1973 recorded live concert, Aloha From Hawaii.

To this day, George’s incredible song is still covered by influential artists.

Most recently Billie Eilish covered Something while citing her love for The Beatles.

She said: “It’s such a thing that we feel, it’s such a human feeling. So this is Something by The Beatles.

“Also, everybody knows that The Beatles were the main, probably, pool of music that we listened to growing up. This is one out of basically all of their songs that I loved and adored growing up, but this one really stuck with me.”


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