The Beatles -- ‘The End’

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Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, backing vocal, lead guitar, bass guitar, piano; John Lennon: Backing vocal, lead guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar, rhythm guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Viola: Unknown player; Violin: Unknown player; Cello: Unknown player; Trumpet: Unknown player; Trombone: Unknown player; Bass trombone: Unknown player; Double bass: Unknown player; Horn: Unknown player

This is the only song in the entire Beatles’ catalogue to feature a drum solo. The famous guitar duel at the end is performed by Paul, George and John in turn.

In his 1970 ‘Rolling Stone’ interview Jann Wenner asks John if he rates himself as a guitarist, to which he replies “I’m okay. I’m not technically very good, but I can make it fucking howl and move. I was a rhythm guitarist, and it’s an important job. There’s a nice little bit I played on ‘Abbey Road’ where Paul gave us each a piece, a little break where Paul plays, George plays, and then I play. It stops on ‘Carry That Weight’ then suddenly it goes boom-boom-boom on the drums and we all take it in turns to play. I’m the third one on it. I have a definite style of playing, always had. But I was overshadowed. They call …

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