“Little darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter.”
That’s the first line of the first verse of the song “Here Comes The Sun” written by George Harrison in the Spring of 1969.
George started writing “Here Comes The Sun” in Surrey, England, sitting at the bottom of the garden at the Huntwood Edge home of his friend, Eric Clapton. As George later described it in an interview with British journalist, David Wigg: “It was just a really nice sunny day. And I picked up the guitar, which was the first time I’d played the guitar for a couple of weeks because I’d been so busy. And the first thing that came out was that song. It just came.”
George finished “Here Comes The Sun” in June, 1969, while on holiday in Sardinia.
Recording sessions for “Here Comes The Sun” started on July 7, 1969 at Abbey Road Studios in London. It took George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – for some reason, John Lennon did not participate – six more sessions to finish the track. George played acoustic guitar and harmonium; sang lead and back-up vocals; and clapped his hands on the recording. He also added the final touch of a part played on a Moog Synthesizer during the last session on August 19, 1969.
“Here Comes The Sun” was released on September 26, 1969, as the first track on the second side of The Beatles’ album, Abbey Road.
George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, on this day, February 25, in the year of 1943. He was the fourth child and third son of Louise and Harold Harrison.
George passed away on November 29, 2001.
If you’d like to read my first This Historic Day In Music post about George Harrison, scroll down the Archives list and click on February, 2013. It will be at the top of the page.
you forgot the most important thing about “here comes the sun” – your daughter walked down the aisle to it!
George was my favorite Beatle during the Beatlemania days. I later switched to John. I love this song, especially warming since I listened to it during my visit to Toronto, where the wind chill was -34!
A wonderful song, so uplifting…. George was such a great songwriter in his own right, while overshadowed somewhat by Lennon & McCartney.
Of interest – Kal David also considers George his “favorite” Beatle, and includes an instrumental version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in his performances.