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The Beatles nearly fired George Harrison and drafted Eric Clapton to replace him, according to unearthed recordings from January 1969

  • Excavated footage shows John Lennon threatened to replace George Harrison with Eric Clapton
  • Harrison temporarily left the band because he felt his songs weren’t getting enough attention
  • Lennon’s Harrison discussion is one of over 120 hours of unheard of audio










The title of The Beatles’ latest album, Let It Be, suggested serenity and acceptance. But newly unearthed recordings from January 1969 prove that the Fab Four’s swan song followed more of a long and winding road.

In fact, the incendiary clips tell of John Lennon threatening to replace George Harrison with Eric Clapton when he temporarily left the band.

The sudden departure of Harrison—who felt his songs didn’t get as much attention as Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s—worried McCartney and Ringo Starr. But Lennon, while likeable, was practical.

Harrison’s attitude was “a festering wound,” he said, “and we let it go deeper and we didn’t even bandage him…” He added: “I think if George doesn’t come by (next week) we’ll ask Eric. Clapton to play.’

The title of The Beatles’ latest album, Let It Be, suggested serenity and acceptance. But newly unearthed recordings from January 1969 prove that the Fab Four’s swan song followed more of a long and winding road.

Harrison, who had visited his mother in Liverpool, returned to the sessions six days later.

The discussion covers more than 120 hours of unheard of audio and 50 hours of unseen footage shot while a fly-on-the-wall film was being shot by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg during the rehearsal and shooting of Let It Be.

Now, more than 50 years later, they’ve been used in a three-part TV documentary, The Beatles Get Back, created by Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and set to premiere next month.

Participate is a new album packed with extra tracks, out-takes and a book of snapshots from the sessions, in addition to chat transcripts of the recordings.

In fact, the incendiary clips tell of John Lennon threatening to replace George Harrison with Eric Clapton when he temporarily left the band.

In fact, the incendiary clips tell of John Lennon threatening to replace George Harrison with Eric Clapton when he temporarily left the band.

More friction was infamously caused by the presence of Lennon’s girlfriend Yoko Ono.

She was a distraction to Lennon to the extent that he lost his interest in being a Beatle.

“I’m not going to lie,” he says on tape to the other Beatles. “I would sacrifice all of you for her.” And McCartney tells Harrison, “If it came to pressure between Yoko and the Beatles, it would be Yoko for John… And we don’t want this to happen.

“It’s going to be incredibly comical when people say 50 years from now that the Beatles broke up because Yoko was on an amp.”

The Beatles’ performance from the roof of their Apple Corps office at 3 Savile Row in central London on January 30, 1969 – and also documented in the original Let It Be film – turned out to be their last public appearance together.

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George Harrison and Pattie Boyd

Harrison’s attitude was “a festering wound,” Lennon said, “and we let it go deeper and we didn’t even bandage him…” He added: “I think if George (right) doesn’t come by (next week ) we ask Eric Clapton (left, with Pattie Boyd) to play’

Its images have become iconic, but just a week before they had no idea what they were going to do – be it a TV concert in the remains of a Roman amphitheater in Libya or a concert during a cruise on the QE2.

They seemed to like the cruise idea until Harrison realized they’d be “stuck with a goddamn boatload of people for two weeks.”

Harrison and Clapton were friends, but they both loved and married the same woman: model Pattie Boyd. Harrison wrote Something to proclaim his love for Miss Boyd.

Then, a year later, in 1970, Clapton recorded Layla, a secret declaration of unrequited love for her. And several years later, when Miss Boyd left Harrison for Clapton, he recorded Wonderful Tonight in 1977 – a public confirmation of their relationship.

They married in 1979, but divorced ten years later.

  • The Beatles Get Back will be released on October 12 by Callaway Arts & Entertainment for £40. The new versions of Let It Be will be available October 15, while the three-part documentary series Get Back will be shown on Disney+ from November 25-27.

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