The Beatles' Producer Scrapped George Harrison's Solo on 'This Boy' for a John Lennon Vocal

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Back in 1963, The Beatles released their Parlophone single I Want to Hold Your Hand. The track also came with This Boy on the B-side, but it turns out there was some controversy behind-the-scenes on this one. In fact, John Lennon’s vocals on the song had replaced George Harrison’s guitar solo.

According to Showbiz CheatSheet, The Beatles’ producer George Martin was very much in control of the band’s recording sessions.

Unlike their later work, they whizzed through their early music in a matter of hours.

The Fab Four had 15 full run-throughs of This Boy, but the middle eight featured Harrison’s guitar solo.

Geoff Emerick, who was working a the studio’s second engineer that day, has revealed in Here, There Everywhere what the producer made of it.

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