George Harrison’s first A-side composition as a Beatle, and one of their greatest ballads, was released in the UK 45 years ago today, when ‘Something’ was paired with ‘Come Together’ as the group’s new release on October 31, 1969.
The double A-side was notable for another reason, in that both sides were on the ‘Abbey Road’ album, which had been released a few weeks earlier. This was the first time that the Beatles released a single from an album that was already available. The 45 only peaked at No. 4 in the UK; ‘Come Together’ went to No. 1 in the States in November 1969, but the two tracks were listed separately on the Billboard Hot 100, with ‘Something’ peaking at No. 3.
This beautiful love song has gone on to be covered countless times, and we’ve put together a special uDiscover playlist of some of the most notable interpretations for you. They include the stirring version by Frank Sinatra, recorded in December 1979 and released on the following year’s ‘Trilogy’ album. The Chairman of the Board described ‘Something’ as “the greatest love song ever written,” but rather spoiled the compliment by referring to it as a Lennon-McCartney composition.
Also in our list is the fine rendition by the Godfather of Soul, which Harrison himself paid a huge compliment. "My personal favourite is the version by James Brown,” he said. “It was one of his B-sides. I have it on my jukebox at home. It's absolutely brilliant.”