Thursday, 14 May 2015

15th May

After yesterday’s journey down into the depths of the 15th and 17th centuries, today we return a little nearer to the present day.

Today in 1981, George Harrison released in the UK, the single All Those Years Ago (released 4 days earlier on in the US, on 11th May). The track was a personal tribute to his former Beatles band mate John Lennon, following his murder in New York the previous December

The lyrics to All Those Years Ago were tailored by Harrison after the music for the track had been previously recorded for a Ringo Starr album, but was never used. 

The recording fittingly featured Ringo on drums as well as Paul McCartney, who overdubbed backing vocals onto the basic track (along with Linda McCartney and Denny Laine of Wings).

The single reached No.2 on the American Billboard 100 and No.13 in the UK charts.

George sadly passed away in November 2001 aged 58, from lung cancer.

RIP George and John.

A selection of today’s other anniversaries:

Guitarist and songwriter from Australia’s Little River Band, Graham Goble (68)

Former Dutch footballer and current Ajax manager Frank de Boer (45)

<--- Country singer and wife of Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash (aged 73), died on this day in 2003 after complications following heart surgery.

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