Writer: George Harrison
Producer: George Martin
Recorded: July and August 1969 at Abbey Road studios in London
Released: October 6th, 1969
|Players:||George Harrison — vocals, guitar, synthesizer
Paul McCartney — bass, vocals
John Lennon — vocals
Ringo Starr — drums, vocals
|Album:||Abbey Road (Apple, 1969)|
One of the two hits George Harrison wrote for the Beatles’ Abbey Road album — the other was “Something” — “Here Comes The Sun” came about one day when Harrison decided to play hooky from his business duties at the Beatles’ Apple Corps. office to visit his good friend Eric Clapton. “Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen — sign this and sign that,” said Harrison. “Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on for ever; by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was gong to sag off Apple, and I went over to Eric Clapton’s house. The relief of not having to and see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote ‘Here Comes The Sun.'”
“Here Comes The Sun” was recorded over seven separate days during the recording of the Abbey Road album.
The initial sessions, on July 7th, 1969, included only Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, as John Lennon was absent due to injuries suffered in a recent auto accident.
The orchestra for “Here Comes The Sun” included four violas, four cellos, a string bass, two clarinets, two alto flutes, two flutes, and two piccolos.
Though never released as a single, “Here Comes The Sun” was one of the Beatles’ most popular songs and one of Harrison’s most successful contributions to the group’s catalog.
The Abbey Road album has sold more than nine million copies.
Though released before Let It Be, Abbey Road was actually the last album the group recorded. John Lennon quit the band in November 1969, while Paul McCartney announced his split the following spring.