on May 14, 2019 | Last updated May 14, 2019
George HarrisonAll Those Years Ago
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
Originally written to feature Ringo Starr on lead vocals, only to be turned down because he felt the vocal was too high for his range, George decided to take the track back and rework it.
Al Kooper provided an eye-witness account of George's reaction to hearing the news that his friend had been shot: "George was in the kitchen, white as a sheet, real shook up. We all had breakfast. He took calls from Paul and Yoko, which actually seemed to help his spirit, and then we went into the studio and started the day's work. Ray and I kept George's wine glass full all day..."
"Years" was eventually recorded in early 1981, shortly after the death of his former band-mate; the the song was eventually tailored to serve as a personal tribute. Featuring Ringo on drums, and Paul, Linda, and Wings band-mate Denny Laine preforming backing vocals, it was the closest thing to a band reunion that the public would get for many years, being one of a small handful songs to feature only three members of the band.