The Songs George Harrison Wrote For Other Musicians
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As the underdog songwriter inside the Beatles, George Harrison proved that he was more than just the lead guitarist, and was also capable to beat the works of the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership. Apart from that, Harrison also wrote songs for several other artists in between his time with his former group, his solo work, and other endeavors. Let’s take a look at the six of them below.
Gary Moore – “That Kind of Woman” (1990)
In 1989, Harrison gave Eric Clapton four songs for his album Journeyman, one of which being “That Kind of Woman.” Gary Moore, an Irish singer, and guitarist released his version of the song on his eighth album, Still Got the Blues, even though it was first recorded by Clapton.
Ringo Starr – “Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond),” (1971)
The song “Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond)” was composed by George Harrison while he and his ex-wife Pattie Boyd were on holiday in Ireland and was influenced by Irish folk music sea sounds. He didn’t release it on his own, instead, he gave it to his good friend and former Beatle Ringo Starr for his album, Ringo.
Jackie Lomax – “Sour Milk Sea” (1968)
“Sour Milk Sea” was supposed to be included inside the Beatles’ White album, but instead released from Jackie Lomax’s Is This What You Want? debut album under The Beatles’ Apple label. Harrison wrote this during the band’s travel to India, where they study transcendental meditation.
Cream – “Badge” (1969)
“Badge” was co-written by Eric Clapton and Harrison and published on Cream’s farewell album, Goodbye. Due to Clapton’s misunderstanding of Harrison’s handwriting, the song’s bridge was misread as “badge” and the name stuck.
Eric Clapton – “Run So Far” (1989)
The song “Run So Far,” which appeared on Eric Clapton’s 11th album Journeyman was written by Harrison. Journeyman was said to be Clapton’s career revival.
Ronnie Spector – “Try Some, Buy Some” (1971)
Ronnie Spector, formerly of the Ronettes, recorded “Try Some, Buy Some” in April 1971 as a single for a would-be comeback album on The Beatles’ Apple Records. Ex-husband Phil Spector co-produced the album, while George Harrison contributed guitar work.