‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ Nearly Wasn’t Made For Some Dumb Reasons

gettyimages 3232184 While My Guitar Gently Weeps Nearly Wasnt Made For Some Dumb Reasons

The Beatles in performance at the Washington Coliseum. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

George Harrison, the quiet Beatle, often wasn’t heard by his brothers Paul, John and Ringo, even when he did speak up. This is was the case for the White Album‘s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which nearly wasn’t recorded.

George’s inspiration for it was also happenstance, in a way. By 1966, George was becoming more and more influenced by eastern philosophies and religions. George became enamored with the the Chinese “I Ching,” particularly with the concept that everything happens for a reason and nothing is coincidental.

So George wrote a song about the first thing he saw. Grabbing a book off the shelf, George opened to a random page and laid eyes on the words: “gently weeps.” With those two words as inspiration, George later completed his sad ballad about his guitar at his mother’s house.

Sadly, after taking his new song to the band, the rest of the Beatles ignored the quiet genius.

“They wouldn’t take it seriously,” George lamented, uncertain if they’d even lift their instruments to play the chords.

The next day, Harrison’s hanging out with the one and only Eric Clapton. Harrison, despite the fact that few visitors were welcome at Beatles recording sessions, invited Clapton to the studio.

It was quite the powerplay! By then, Eric Clapton was in his own right a legend. George knew that his bandmates would behave in front of him.

With Mr. Clapton on board, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” suddenly received extra special attention from Paul, John and Ringo, all providing significant contributions to one of the best Beatles songs ever.

Find out more of the story behind this great song from The Holly Hobs!


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