While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Today’s selection is a cover of a song by The Beatles from the two-record set titled, The Beatles, also known as the White Album. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a composition of the late George Harrison, believed to arise partly from the discord going on in the band in 1968 when the record was recorded after the band attended a Transcendental Meditation course in India.

Reading up on the song today, I learned that Eric Clapton played the guitar solo in the studio recording, though he wasn’t given credit. (There aren’t any credits to speak of, or graphics, on the four-sided album cover.)

The song is one that has been covered by many musicians including Todd Rundgren, Jeff Healey, and a 2002 Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton version. Cruising around YouTube today, looking over some of the suggested videos relating to other songs I am thinking about, I noticed one I’ve enjoyed many times: the “supergroup” cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” played in honour of George Harrison’s posthumous induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. It’s performed by some folks I’ve featured here; the now-late Prince and Tom Petty, plus Steve Winwood, along with Jeff Lynne and George’s son Dhani Harrison. It’s a terrific tribute that is truly set on fire by Prince’s wizardry on the famous guitar solo.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Edit: One of my brothers called me after seeing this post and told me how this is one of his favourite guitar-solo songs. And, on the guitar trick at the end he said, “He’s sending it up to George!”

Here’s the video for the song from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame official YouTube channel

4 thoughts on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  1. Steve, we absolutely love this song! This was, same as you, stumbled over and found on YouTube. We play and enjoy it repeatedly due to its incredible artistry and absolute genius!! We adore that George Harrison‘a son Dhani (who is the image of him!) participates and watch his face as Prince disappears into the audience!! Pure joy! We play this song a lot because as Len says…it is special!!

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  2. Love this!! This is a Beatles classic! A masterpiece!
    However the way this eclectic band gel together is …amazing! The skill of the artists is something to believe!! We know them through their expertise and
    guitar instrumental but are especially wowed by one of them.. .the late Prince… oh my! Something else!! Watch and listen! That guitar solo is something else!!
    RIP. We miss you!!

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