George Harrison wondered if anyone else would have had similar success had he released the Beatles songs
George Harrison wondered if anyone else would have been successful if he released the Beatles songs. He didn’t think much of the band’s catalog, including his own songs. George didn’t understand what the Beatles were doing to get hits.
George Harrison was unimpressed with Beatles songs
The Beatles admitted to being lousy musicians. They didn’t care about being the best. Instead, they worried about their handwriting and how everything sounded.
Paul McCartney said (per George Harrison on George Harrison: interviews and encounters), “George is the one of us interested in the instrument” and “the other three of us are more interested in the sound of the band.” However, George was not training either.
“To be a guitar player, you’re supposed to practice a few hours a day,” he said. “But, I mean, I don’t do that… Well, you know, I mean, the thing is…individually, we’re all…I guess we’re all musicians pathetic, really.”
George’s opinion of the musicality of the Beatles has not changed. At a press conference in 1974 (by George Harrison on George Harrison), George revealed that he didn’t think the Beatles songs were that good.
“I don’t think the Beatles were that good,” he said. “I think they’re fine, you know.”
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George wondered if anyone else would have had similar success had they released the Beatles songs
In 1969 George spoke to the BBC’s David Wigg about the last Beatles album, Abbey Road. He didn’t know what the Beatles did to make hits and wondered if anyone else would have had similar success if they released the Beatles songs.
“One person may not like certain things, someone else does,” George said. “Which makes it hard to make albums because we’re all influenced by different things. And the Beatles were always, kind of, a lot of different music.
“It was never a kind of ‘bag’. [Laughs.] But the thing is, you can set a high standard and it doesn’t have to be a success. You know, it’s one thing. I don’t know, the hits market is… you know, I can’t figure it out.
“I know when the Beatles put out a single it’s a ‘hit’. But I don’t know if…sometimes I feel like if somebody else put out the same thing but got done in its own way, it might not be a success. I don’t know. It’s very difficult. I really decided that I had no idea what was commercial and what was not. is not.
“And that’s the problem, you know, trying to decide what is and what isn’t a single.”
The Beatles were a phenomenon, so no one will ever understand why so many people loved them. However, George guessed that international radio stations may have had something to do with it.
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George thought Americans played music on the radio better than the British
George thought the American music industry was good at releasing albums to the public. Unlike the UK
“I think the American idea is really good where they just put out an album and the stations there, you know, they have a lot of independent stations, unlike Britain, you know,” he said. he declares. “It’s a problem with Britain, you have your good old BBC, period. You know, maybe Radio Luxembourg if the weather is nice.
“You know, that’s the thing I don’t like. It’s the Monopolies Commission… Britain, in a way, you know, cuts its own throat.
Whatever the Beatles songs were, people loved them and have continued to this day.
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