Things could have been completely different for the Fab Four…
According to a new interview with John Lennon, the Beatles nearly sacked George Harrison and are reportedly thinking of replacing him with Eric Clapton.
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The tape hears Lennon threaten to replace Harrison with Clapton after the guitarist temporarily left the band during the recording sessions for the band’s final album, Let It Be, in January 1969, reports daily Mail.
The sudden departure of Harrison – who felt his songs were not getting as much attention as Lennon and Paul McCartney – worried McCartney and Ringo Starr. However, Lennon was also pragmatic about the situation, while being sympathetic.
Lennon said that Harrison’s attitude was “a severe wound and we let it go deeper and we didn’t even give him a bandage.”
The ‘Imagine’ hitmaker then suggested that he be replaced by fellow guitarist Clapton in The Beatles. “I think if George doesn’t come back (next week) we’re going to ask Eric Clapton to play,” Lennon said.
Harrison, who had gone to see his mother in Liverpool, returned to the studio with the band six days later.
The revelation comes from over 120 hours of unaudited audio and 50 hours of unseen footage, while a fly-on-the-wall film was shot by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg during the rehearsal and recording of Let It Be.
The recording will appear as part of Peter Jackson’s upcoming new Disney+ documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. The film will focus on the production of “Let It Be” and their final concert as a band, performed entirely on the Saville Row rooftop in London.
Disney+ has confirmed that the documentary will arrive in three separate parts on November 25, 26 and 27. Each episode is approximately two hours long.
“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines,” Jackson said. The Beatles: Get Back.
“The Story of Friends and Persons. It is a story of human weaknesses and a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amidst the social atmosphere of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia—it’s raw, honest, and human. In six hours, you’ll get to know the Beatles with an intimacy you never imagined.”
He continued: “I am very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story exactly the way it should be told. I have been immersed in this project for almost three years, And I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”
Before the release of the documentary a The Beatles: Get Back The book will be published on October 12, featuring transcriptions of the band’s recorded talks and hundreds of exclusive, never-before-published photos from the three-week sessions.