George Harrison and Paul Simon Play &quotHere Comes the Sun&quot and &quotHomeward Bound&quot on &#039SNL&#039

On April 24, 1976, Saturday Evening Reside producer Lorne Michaels appeared on SNL, which was nevertheless in its infancy, and presented the Beatles the whopping (and beautifully ludicrous) sum of $ three,000 to regroup and execute 3 songs.

“‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah—that’s $ 1,000 proper there,” Michaels stated. “You know the words. It’ll be effortless. Like I stated, this is produced out to ‘The Beatles.’ You [can] divide it anyway you want. If you want to give Ringo [Starr] much less, that’s up to you. I’d rather not get involved.”

As legend has it, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were watching SNL at Lennon’s New York City apartment that evening and seriously considered displaying up on the set.

Sadly, Lennon and McCartney—who seldom (as in, by no means) hung out—decided they have been as well tired to blow a handful of million minds, and the greatest missed chance in rock history became just another “What if?”

On May 22, Michaels addressed the Beatles once once more by way of SNL: “I was in a position to convince NBC to sweeten the pot. John, Paul, George [Harrison] and Ringo—we are now prepared to up the original offer you to $ three,200.” That didn’t perform either.

However, a few months later, on November 20, 1976, to be precise, Harrison appeared on the show to play a handful of songs, gather that original $ three,000 check—and jokingly haggle over income with Michaels.

“See, I believed you would recognize that it was $ three,000 for four individuals, and it would just be $ 750 for every single of you,” Michaels told Harrison backstage as a frantic studio audience watched via monitors. “As far as I am concerned, you can have the complete $ three,000.”

“That is pretty chintzy,” Harrison replied.

Anyway, we never know—or care—how significantly Harrison truly took property that night. We do know he performed and/or ran by means of at least four songs with the show’s host, Paul Simon, two of which aired on national Television. Below, you can watch as Harrison and Simon, guitars in hand, trade vocals on the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” (:25) and Simon &amp Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” (three:54)

Although SNL has hosted hundreds of musical guests more than its 40-plus years (which includes, far more than when, McCartney), the Harrison/Simon duets are regarded two of the absolute very best of the bunch, and for great explanation.

There’s something intimate and stunning about the performances spend close focus to Simon’s harmonies on “Right here Comes the Sun,” Harrison’s ethereal lead vocals on “Homeward Bound” and his smooth little pentatonic lick at the quite finish of the clip (we also dig the phantom 7th chord heard for the duration of the final chorus of “Homeward Bound”). And let’s not overlook those groovy sweaters. Take pleasure in!

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Eric Johnson Premieres Cover of Les Paul and Mary Ford&#039s &quotThe World Is Waiting for the Sunrise&quot

Thirty years following his 1986 breakthrough, Tones, guitar legend Eric Johnson is releasing his 1st all-acoustic album. The disc, dubbed EJ, will be available October 7 via Provogue.

Nowadays, we bring you the exclusive premiere of one of the songs from EJ: Johnson’s cover of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s 1951 classic, “The Planet Is Waiting for the Sunrise,” which also takes place to function the fretwork of guitarist Doyle Dykes. You can check it out beneath.

“Ever given that I was young, I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life,” Johnson says. “This sort of music has constantly been a element of me, but I never showcased it on any type of larger  level, like a complete acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be a lot more truthful with myself and everybody, and show much more of my personal side.

“Nearly all of that material was reduce reside. Some of the songs I actually sang and played at the same time—just live in the studio. Recording this way gave it a lot more of an sincere realism and organic emotion. Specifically on the acoustic, you just have to get in there and play.”

On the original compositions “Wonder,” “Fatherly Downs” and “All Items You Are,” Johnson plays his 1980 Martin D-45, a present from his late father. He plays the steel-string on his instrumentals “After Upon a Time in Texas,” “All Issues You Are” and “Song for Irene.” He conjures the stunning, pensive tones of “Serinidad,” yet another original instrumental, on a Ramirez nylon-string model. A spirited steel-string arrangement of Simon &amp Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” rounds out the solo guitar tracks.

Johnson also arranged Simon &amp Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair” for voice and piano and plays piano on the originals “Water Under the Bridge,” “November” and “Wrapped in a Cloud,” an ensemble track with acoustic bass, cello, drums and percussion. He rearranged Jimi Hendrix’s “One particular Rainy Want” for guitar and piano, capping the efficiency with a jazz-inflected piano solo. You can check out the complete tracklist beneath.

In assistance of EJ, Johnson will embark on a series of U.S. tours that will bring him to about 60 cities. Keep tuned for dates and information. 

For far more about Johnson and EJ, visit ericjohnson.com. To preorder EJ, head here.

EJ Tracklist:

1. Mrs. Robinson
2. Water Below the Bridge
three. Wonder
four. Wrapped in a Cloud
5. After Upon a Time in Texas
6. One Rainy Want
7. Serinidad
eight. Fatherly Downs
9. The Planet Is Waiting for the Sunrise
10. November
11. All Factors You Are
12. Scarborough Fair
13. Song for Irene

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