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The song George Harrison wrote about his troubled relationship with Paul McCartney
It’s fair to say that if any relationship suffered the most when The Beatles did eventually break-up in 1970 after some months of in-fighting, it was George Harrison and Paul McCartney’s. The latter had become the de facto leader of the group after the tragic loss of their manager, Brian Epstein, and John Lennon’s head being slowly turned away from the group by Yoko Ono and his increasing heroin use.
It meant when the band were recording the sessions for what would become Let It Be in 1969, the tension between Harrison and McCartney was almost unbearable. By the time The Beatles did call it a day, their feelings spilt out into songs. Paul McCartney famously digging at John Lennon’s sanctimonious virtue-signalling through ‘Too Many People’ on his solo album Ram led to John Lennon writing the viciously cruel ‘How Do You Sleep?’ firing back at McCartney. While they took the headlines, Harrison wouldn’t shy away from the chance to lay a few blows of his own on the standout album All Things Must Pass.Advertisementhttps://22cbaac8fc9d6cddd67ec5a179a77831.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0Advertisement
The song in question was written in 1969 during those infamous Let It Be sessions, and was even penned around the time Harrison temporarily quit the band as the bad blood between the group began to boil over. While the band continued on without the guitarist, hoping he would return as he did, the songs that Harrison was writing at the time were showing huge potential for him to become an imposing figure in music. The fact that Lennon and McCartney didn’t recognise him as such is a large cause of the problems.
Bob Dylan once said of his friend George Harrison, “George got stuck with being the Beatle that had to fight to get songs on records because of Lennon and McCartney. Well, who wouldn’t get stuck? If George had had his own group and was writing his own songs back then, he’d have been probably just as big as anybody.” Harrison puts this theory to the test when he released his groundbreaking album All Things Must Pass and gathered huge critical acclaim.
On the second side of that album began ‘Run of the Mill’, a song aimed squarely at Paul McCartney. Harrison told The Beatles publisher in 1979 that he had grown tired of Paul McCartney around the time he wrote the song and felt he was going around the Apple offices, saying: “‘You’re no good’ – everyone was just incompetent (the Spanish Inquisition sketch). It was that period – the problem of partnerships.” It pushed Harrison to pen this song.
Lyrically, the song is as strong as anything he wrote for The Beatles, Harrison starts singing about choices being made and “when to and not to raise their voices”. In the chorus section, he then ponders on how “no one around you can carry the blame for you.” Then the track moves from being theorised and is pointed directly at McCartney. Considering Harrison had maintained strong friendships with Lennon and Ringo Starr, when he sings “how I lost your friendship,” it can only be about Macca. He even answers the question too, “I see it in your eyes, Though I’m beside you, I can’t carry the blame for you.”
The song goes down as one of Harrison’s most pointed tracks. More often than not, Harrison was concerned with spirituality and the internal struggles but on this track, he chose to put his feelings on the canvas and aim one directly as McCartney. Luckily, the two became close friends again before Harrison’s tragic death in 2001.
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Tupac Shakur’s handwritten letter reveals his favourite singer
It is no surprise that musicians love music, but sometimes rap seems so apart from the crowd that it always shifts a few eyebrows around when a Hip-Hop star reveals a passion for an artist outside of their disparate genre. It’s far from an unusual happening, with Dr Dre sharing his love for Nirvana, Kanye West publically eulogising The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and ICE T declaring his devotion for death metal, but it remains somewhat of an oddity nevertheless.
Tupac ‘2Pac’ Shakur may well be the biggest rapper of all time; at the very least, he cruises into the top five, and it would seem that the icon of the hip hop world had his ear to the ground for all sorts of inspiration. Advertisementhttps://22cbaac8fc9d6cddd67ec5a179a77831.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0Advertisement
In 2016, a letter that the rapper penned to his high school crush when he was only 17 went up for auction, and it revealed two things. Firstly, it showed that beneath his tough exterior, he had a rather more soppy side. Secondly, it confirmed the enigmatic superstar’s love for Prince.
“‘We both love Prince we have both had heartbreak and we both adore candles,” the rapper wrote to his crush, a girl he called Beethoven for her virtuoso piano playing. It’s hardly Byronic love poetry, and lord knows if it secured him a date, but it is certainly of interest as a historical document. So much interest, in fact, that it fetched £24,000 ($33,000) at auction.
It is not the only time his love for the guitar god formerly known as Prince has been disclosed. Jamila Barnes, 2Pac’s cousin, revealed in an interview with BETNetworks, that the late artist would set up home concerts between them when they were young, “he would have us perform different groups, but his favourite that he would have us perform over and over again, would be Prince and The Revolution, and the main song we always did was ‘1999’.”
“We would sing into a spoon,” Barnes charmingly continues, “and he would introduce the ‘band’ in all his Prince glory, fully in character.”
Speaking about the sweet anecdote, his sister revealed that she asked him one day how he always gets to be Prince, to which he acrimoniously replied, “I’m the one out here getting us work! Are you gonna be out here booking us jobs and getting us performances? Until you’re ready to be out here managing this group and taking us on tour I’ma be Prince! And if anybody got a problem with me being Prince, then they need to let me know!”
It is pretty much as charming as an enacted egoist rant can get, and it reveals not only the rapper’s devotion to Prince but his singular dedication to his craft, even if it was simply using a whisk as a microphone at the time.
Over the course of his glistening career, which was cut tragically short, the rapper sampled Prince’s ‘Do Me Baby’ for his cautionary ode to the City of Angels with ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’, as well as another track penned under his Makaveli alias ‘Me and My Girlfriend’ that samples ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’.
The mutual respect between the two late luminaries resulted in a beautiful friendship and between them they produced some of the greatest music of an era. These early accounts of Tupac are sadly coloured in the sombre bittersweet hue of a roaring creative flame, tragically snuffed out before its time.
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