The Beatles -- ‘Only A Northern Song’

Only A Northern Song (3.28)

George Harrison: Lead vocal, organ, tape effects; John Lennon: Piano, glockenspiel, alto flute, tenor flute, tabla, tape effects, shaker, wind chimes; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar, trumpet, tape effects; Ringo Starr: Drums;

This was originally ear-marked for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ LP but they left it off because a) it was rubbish, and b) they all recognised that George’s pithy digs were aimed at them – he was trying to draw attention to his lowly ‘employee’ status at Northern Songs.

In early 1965 their accountants decided to float Northern Songs on the stock exchange. But in order to make the company more attractive to public investors, they had to agree to sweeping new reforms in their business arrangements. First of all they had to grant Northern Songs full copyright on all of their songs, guaranteeing it at least six new compositions every year, and – here’s the sticking point – George was persuaded to sign up as a songwriter, despite having just started up his own publishing company …

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