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‘He’d never seemed that interested': Paul McCartney still marvels at George Harrison’s songwriting growth

‘He’d never seemed that interested': Paul McCartney still marvels at George Harrison’s songwriting growth

For Paul McCartney, the decision to fill most of the Beatles’ albums with songs composed alongside John Lennon — rather than those of George Harrison and Ringo Starr — came down to productivity.

Deep Beatles: “Polythene Pam” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Polythene Pam” from Abbey Road (1969)

One of John Lennon’s more underrated compositions, “Polythene Pam” fits perfectly with the preceding Abbey Road fragment “Mean Mr. Mustard.”

‘A mark that no one will ever make again': Fab Faux return with tributes to the Beatles, George Harrison

‘A mark that no one will ever make again': Fab Faux return with tributes to the Beatles, George Harrison

For members of the Fab Faux, the music of the Beatles still holds a talismanic intrigue. Some 15 years into their career as loving interpreters, the magic remains.

‘We plowed on': The Beatles’ Paul McCartney remembers discarded initial work with John Lennon

‘We plowed on': The Beatles’ Paul McCartney remembers discarded initial work with John Lennon

Several early songs from the writing collaboration between Paul McCartney and John Lennon eventually saw the light of day — save for their very first, a song called “Just Fun.”

Something Else! sneak peek: Paul McCartney – New (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Paul McCartney – New (2013)

New might be the ultimate misnomer, so often does Paul McCartney reference his iconic musical past. Yet his long-awaited return to popcraft is not without its fresh intrigues.

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

As “Sun King” quietly fades, a drum kickstarts this darkly humorous track: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” a John Lennon composition dating to 1968. His own harshest critic, Lennon later labeled it a “piece of garbage.”

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Arc” (1991): WTF?! Wednesdays

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Arc” (1991): WTF?! Wednesdays

A mindless artist’s indulgence? Neil Young’s attempt at Metal Machine Music? “Revolution #9,” maybe?

Books: Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter, by Alyn Shipton (2013)

Books: Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter, by Alyn Shipton (2013)

Harry Nilsson is a legend to many musicians and connoisseurs of 1960s and ’70s rock music, but an enigma to the mainstream listening public.

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Next in the Abbey Road medley is one of the Beatles’ most beautiful yet mysterious tracks, “Sun King.” In later years, John Lennon dismissed “Sun King” as “a piece of garbage I had around,” but its lovely harmonies and mystical lyrics transform it into an entrancing listening experience.

‘Everything is perfect': Greg Lake on the timeless chemistry between the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

If Greg Lake didn’t already have an appreciation for the unique syncopations of the Beatles rhythm section, he certainly learned a thing or two while on tour with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band.