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John Lennon wanted to replace George Harrison with Clapton when he quit

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John Lennon wanted to replace George Harrison with Clapton when he quit

Back in January 1969, guitarist and singer George Harrison quit The Beatles for one week because he felt his songs didn’t got much atention as the ones from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Although Ringo Starr and McCartney were worried about that, Lennon was more practical and suggested that they replaced George with Eric Clapton. That’s what an unearthed recording made during the Let It Be movie showed after being recently recovered by director Peter Jackson for the new documentary “Beatles Get Back”.


John Lennon said about replacing George Harrison with Clapton when he quit the band

As reported by The Daily Mail, Lennon said that Harrison’s attitude was “a festering wound and we allowed it to go deeper and we didn’t even give him any bandages. I think if George doesn’t come back by (next week) we ask Eric Clapton to play.” George Harrison cameback after 6 days he spended at his mother’s home in Liverpool.

In another part, Lennon says: “I’m not going to lie, I would sacrifice you all for her (Yoko Ono).” Then McCartney says to George Harrison: “If it came to a push between Yoko and the Beatles, it would be Yoko for John… And we’re not wanting this to happen. It’s going to be an incredibly comic thing if in 50 years’ time people say the Beatles broke up because Yoko sat on an amp.”

Peter Jackson’ documentary

The awaited Beatles documentary “Get Back” directed by Peter Jackson was transformed into a series due to the massive material that the director had available. The doc will be released in three parts that has 2 hours each, on Disney Plus next November 25, 26 and 27.

The documentary reunites hours of never seen footager of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during the recording of their last album “Let It Be”.

Get Back utilizes more than 60 hours of previously unreleased footage from January 1969 – directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for the film Let It Be (1970). Also uses 150 hours of unprecedented audio as well as the Fab Four’s full show on cover of London’s Savile Row.

All footage from the documentary series – which captures the band in the middle of the breakup – has been restored using the same technique used by Peter Jackson in They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about the First World War. The filmmaker also commented, during an interview with Vanity Fair, on the creation of the production and how no footage is repeated between the original film and Get Back.

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