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This morning I woke up to the sad news that George Martin, the Beatles’ producer, had died. I will blog more about this next week, but later this morning I will be posting the next song in my countdown of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest Beatles songs. 

George Martin, the Beatles’ producer, died on Tuesday at the age of 90

It is difficult to imagine how the Beatles’ music would have evolved without Martin’s creative genius and musical expertise guiding them. RIP George Martin, and thank you for the music. 

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At number 14 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “Abbey Road” by The Beatles.


At number 14 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 greatest albums is "Abbey Road" by The Beatles.

At number 14 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “Abbey Road” by The Beatles.


It shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone that The Beatles dominate the top 15 of this list of greatest albums. They have five (5!) albums in the top 14, with four in the top 10. This is testimony to the massive influence The Beatles have had on popular music, more than any other artist since “Rock ‘n’ Roll” came about in the 1950s. When The Beatles’ music finally became available on iTunes the advertising slogan Apple Computers (not Apple Corps, the Beatles’ record label) used was “The band that changed everything”, and that pretty much sums it up.

“Abbey Road” is one of my favourite Beatles albums. I have already said that the number one album in this list is their seminal album “Sgt. Pepper”. Personally, I prefer “Abbey Road”. My favourite Beatles album is “Revolver” (which is in the top 10), and my second favourite is this album, “Abbey Road”.

By the time this album was recorded, The Beatles knew the end had come. They were barely talking to each other, and each of them was pursuing their own projects. But, by all accounts, the recording sessions for “Abbey Road” were happy and harmonious, in stark contrast to the acrimony that beset the recording of what would become “Let it Be”. Maybe it was because they knew it would be their swan song.

The variety of songs on this album is quite breathtaking. George Harrison contributed two wonderful songs, “Here Comes the Sun” (which I included in this blog), and the song Frank Sinatra described as “the greatest love song ever written”, “Something”.

Even the songs written by John Lennon range from the funky “Come Together” to the heavy metal “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” to the beautiful “Because”. “Because” is the song I’ve decided to include here, not just for the wonderful lyrics, but also the beautiful three-part harmonies Lennon, McCartney and Harrison sing in the song.





Which is your favourite song on “Abbey Road”?

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