SOMETHING

Latest update on 11/03/2016

Artist: George Harrison
Author: George Harrison
Label: Apple
Year: 1969

Solo demo on his 26th birthday (25.2.69), along with an early version of All Things Must Pass. Ended up on Anthology 3. First line inspired by Apple protégé James Taylor: Something in the way she moves. Statistically the second most covered Beatles song apart from Yesterday.

Covers:

1969:

Joe Cocker [with George Harrison; recorded earlier than the Beatles' version, but it came out two months after Abbey Road]

1969:

Beatles [n°1 US; George's first Beatles A-side]

1969:

Peggy Lee

1970:

Bobby Womack

1970:

Frank Sinatra [announced it invariably as his favorite Lennon & McCartney song and as the best love song ever written; OK George]

1970:

Perry Como

1970:

Elvis Presley

1970:

Booker T. & The MG's

1970:

Shirley Bassey

1971:

Ray Charles

1974:

Johnny Rodriguez

1975:

Count Basie

1975:

Miracle Workers

1976:

Tony Bennett

1995:

Tony & Tucker

2016:

Norah Jones

George had Ray Charles in mind while writing this. Being a notorious Ray Charles fan himself, Joe Cocker doubled marvelously (in France they called him "le petit Ray Charles"). When Joe cut Something, he'd already passed the ultimate Beatles test with With A Little Help From My Friends. Joe not only covered Something, also She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. He also wanted Golden Slumbers but Paul objected. See also: Something In The Way She Moves.

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