The first number 1 song George Harrison wrote for the Beatles wasn’t as popular in the UK

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TL; DR:

  • One of the Beatles songs that George Harrison wrote used a line that George knew was a cliché.
  • John Lennon has revealed why this song was George’s first song to become an A-side.
  • The song was a huge hit.

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Many Beatles songs have reached number one in the United States. However, few of them were written by George Harrison. George’s first No. 1 single was not as popular in the UK.

George Harrison Said 1 Of The Beatles Songs Had A Line That Has Already Been Used Millions Of Times

The first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single George wrote was “Something”. According to the book George Harrison on George Harrison: interviews and encountersthe singer spoke about the track in an interview in 1969.

“I wrote it when we were doing the last double album,” he said. “And it’s just the first line, ‘Something about the way she moves’ that’s been in millions of songs. It’s not a special thing. But it felt very appropriate.

Afterwards, George gave fans an insight into his songwriting process. “I usually get the opening lines of lyrics and melody both,” he said. “And then I usually finish the melody first, and then I have to write the lyrics.”

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John Lennon has revealed why The Beatles’ ‘Something’ was George Harrison’s first song to be released as an A-side single

According to the book All We Are You Saying: The Last Great Interview with John Lennon and Yoko OnoJohn explained why none of George’s previous songs were released as A-sides. “‘Something’ was the first time he got an A-side because Paul and I were always writing both sides anyway.

“Not because we kept him out; because, quite simply, his equipment was not up to par,” he added. ” It is reality. It wasn’t a conspiracy. He just didn’t have the equipment.

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How The Beatles’ ‘Something’ and is parent album performed on the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom

In the United States, “Something” reached No. 1 for one week, remaining on the chart for a total of 16 weeks. The Beatles released “Something” on the album Abbey Road. The album topped the Billboard 200 for 11 of its 467 weeks on the chart.

The Official Charts Company reports that “Something” was less popular in the UK. The track reached No. 4 in the UK in 1969. It lasted 12 weeks on the chart. A 1989 re-release of the #84 single on the chart for one week. Meanwhile, Abbey Road hit No. 1 for 17 weeks. The album stayed on the charts for a total of 97 weeks.

George didn’t write as many hits as the other band members, but the hits he wrote were classics.

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