While My Guitar Gently Weeps
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). It was written by George Harrison, the band’s lead guitarist. Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as an exercise in randomness inspired by the Chinese I Ching. The song conveys his dismay at the world’s unrealized potential for universal love, which he refers to as “the love there that’s sleeping”.
George Harrison was born in February 1943 in Liverpool. He was the youngest member of the Beatles and therefore decided that his place in the band is rather in the background. In many ways, this role suited his personality. The opinion of “silent Beatles” clung to him. Undoubtedly, of all the band members, he least sought publicity.
Although Harrison rather tried to remain in the shadow of the Beatles’ fame, his extraordinary talent was evident at first glance. As a guitarist, he played with excellent sensitivity and subtlety. He believed that his task was to completely devote himself to the song. Among the guitar celebrities of the 1960s, George Harrison was one of the most creative and original musicians.
The idea of introducing sitar in “Norwegian Wood”, “Love You To” and “Within You, Without You”, as well as Harrison’s creative friendship with the virtuoso of this instrument, Ravi Shankar, helped revolutionize the pop music of the 1960s. What’s more, his fascination with Eastern spirituality has brought remarkable effects, and its influence is still felt in the West today.
The Big Four from Liverpool. A legend of popular music. A British band that included John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, piano, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).
The group was founded in Liverpool, England in 1960.
In the history of the American record industry, they have sold more records than any other band. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them # 1 among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and four of their albums made the top 10 of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Although they were recorded in the 1960s, their influence on broadly understood pop culture can be heard and can be seen to this day.
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. The event was organized by Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and his son, Dhani, and arranged under the musical direction of Eric Clapton. The profits from the event went to the Material World Charitable Foundation, an organization founded by Harrison.
Clapton was born in 1945 in Ripley, Great Britain. At the age of 13, he became interested in music. His favorite artists were Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Already as a student of the school of fine arts, Clapton began to play the guitar imitating his then blues idols: B. B. King, Big Bill Broonzy, and Muddy Waters. In 1963, he began working with the rhythm and blues group The Roosters. The next formation is Casey Jones And The Engineers. In the same year, Clapton started to play with The Yardbirds. After 18 months, he abandoned The Yardbirds and began working with Bluesbreakers.
In 1966, Clapton, along with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, founded a supergroup – the legendary band Cream. During three years of existence, they recorded some great albums, including “Fresh Cream,” “Disraeli Gears,” “Wheels Of Fire,” or “Goodbye” and concert records. After the closure of Cream in 1969, Clapton played Blind Faith for a year and then joined Delaney And Bonnie And Friends, with whom he recorded the album “Delaney And Bonnie And Friends.”
Solo career in the seventies
In 1970, Clapton decided to start a solo career and released the album “Eric Clapton.” Unfortunately, the record did not find recognition in the eyes of fans, and therefore a new formation was created – Derek And The Dominos. With this band, he recorded one of Clapton’s most famous songs – the composition “Layla.”
In August 1974, the album “461 Ocean Boulevard” was released on the market, which included, among others, Clapton’s great hit single promoting the album – “I Shot the Sheriff” – a cover of Bob Marley’s song. The next records are a real success story – “There’s One in Every Crowd” (1975), “E.C. Was Here” (1975), “No Reason to Cry” (1976).
In 1977, Clapton released one of his best albums – “Slowhand.” The songs include “Cocaine,” “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight.” The 1980s belonged to Clapton, each of his albums brought another great hit that conquered the listings. Despite this “commercial course,” the artist was still able to please fans of his earlier, more ambitious incarnation, proposing excellent releases such as “August” (1987) or “Journeyman” (1989).
In 1991, a series of professional successes was interrupted by the tragic death of his son. Under the influence of this sad event, he wrote the song “Tears In Heaven.” Clapton recorded it during the performance for MTV, entitled “Unplugged.”
In 2000, the musician paid tribute to his idol B.B. King. Both great artists decided to play songs that they once recorded on their own. The result of their cooperation was the album “B.B. King And Eric Clapton – Riding With The King.” A year later, the album “Reptile” was released. In 2002, the concert records “One More Car, One More Rider” hit the market, consisting of two C.D.s and a DVD. There were both newer Clapton songs like “My Father’s Eyes,” and “Tears In Heaven” as well as great hits – “Cocaine,” “Layla.”