During his time with The Beatles, the genius that was George Harrison was many times overshadowed by the ever-looming superstardom of the McCartney-Lennon epic songwriting duo. Harrison had several of his own hits with his former mates, including (but not limited to) “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Here Comes the Sun,” “Within You Without You,” and “Something,” but was extremely limited in his own personal output during those years. After the Fab Four broke up, it was realized just how prolific of a songwriter “The Quiet One” actually was.With the release of his first solo album, 1970’s triple album All Things Must Pass, it was witnessed how much material Harrison has filled up his tank with during his years with The Beatles. Hits such as “My Sweet Lord” and “What Is Life” led the album and its star studded cast. Future hits would include “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” from 1973’s Living in the Material World, and later works such as “This Song,” “Crackerbox Palace,” “All Those Years Ago” (a song written for Ringo Starr, with lyrics changed after the murder of John Lennon), as well as “Handle With Care” from his time with the Traveling Wilburys.And there was so much more, according to a new Billboard interview with George’s widow, Olivia Harrison. According to Olivia, while working on the extended edition of George’s autobiographical work, I Me Mine (originally released in 1980), she discovered various penned lyrics to the former Beatles work in different places. One of those discoveries happened to be a song titled “Hey Ringo,” which was found in Billy Preston‘s piano bench, and featured at a special 74th birthday celebration that Olivia and son Dhani put together at Subliminal Gallery in Los Angeles for Harrison this past February. The celebration acted as a a launch party for I Me Mine (Extended Edition), with stars such as Jim James, Joe Walsh, Jakob Dylan, Erik Idle, and former bandmate and lifelong friend Starr making appearances. Olivia Harrison discussed when Starr saw the lyrics for the first time:“Ringo had never seen it until last Saturday [at the gallery/pop-up store]. He said, “Hey, I’ve never seen that before.” And I said I hadn’t either. I guess it was in the piano bench in an envelope. And there was this song called “Hey Ringo” that they think was from around 1970 or 1971. And it’s really sweet. I’m going to get it framed and give it to him because it’s really sweet. It’s like “Hey Ringo, or something, “That without you my guitar plays far too slow.” That was a big revelation and surprise. Ringo was totally surprised and really happy. What a gift to have all these years later.” And that, it most certainly is.[via Billboard]
Andre Ayew put in a man of the match display to ensure Francesco Guidolin’s reign as Swansea coach got off to a winning start as his side held on for a vital win at Everton.Guidolin’s appointment is seen as a gamble in some quarters but the Italian has been an instant hit at Swansea, who with this result have claimed their first ever league win over Everton.The Swans started the quicker against a sluggish Everton side and took a deserved lead after John Stones sold Tim Howard short with a back pass, causing the American to bring down Andre Ayew in the box.Gylfi Sigurdsson converted the penalty expertly, but Everton levelled eight minutes later when Gareth Barry’s near-post flick deflected off Jack Cork and into his own net. Ayew was in the thick of the action again before the break, latching onto Neil Taylor’s pass and lashing a shot past Howard with the help of a Stones deflection.Ayew was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Everton side with his skills and trickery. Gerard Deulofeu and substitute Seamus Coleman were the bright sparks for Everton as they tried to claw their way back into the game, but Swansea held on for a big win that takes them above Norwich and Bournemouth and a little further away from the relegation zone.For Everton, it’s back to the drawing board as the disquiet at Goodison Park gets a little louder.