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Liner notes by Wikipedia
“Something” was recorded during the Abbey Road sessions. It took 52 takes in two main periods, the first session involved a demo take on Harrison’s 26th birthday, 25 February 1969, followed by 13 backing track takes on 16 April. The second main session took 39 takes and started on 2 May 1969 when the main parts of the song were laid down in 36 takes, finishing on 15 August 1969 after several days of recording overdubs.
With more than 150 versions, “Something” is the second most covered Beatles song after “Yesterday”. It began accumulating cover versions from other artists almost immediately after its release by the Beatles.
“Something” continues to garner accolades from the musical establishment years after its release, with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) website naming it as the 64th-greatest song ever. According to the BBC, “Something” shows more clearly than any other song in The Beatles canon that there were three great songwriters in the band rather than just two.” The Beatles’ official website itself said that “Something” “underlined the ascendancy of George Harrison as a major song writing force”. In 1999, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) named “Something” as the 17th-most performed song of the 20th century, with five million performances in all.
I’ve been meaning to play with Garage Band since we got the Mac. Today was the day.
It turns out that making music is harder than they make it look on the telly. It took me a lot more than 52 takes!