I was listening to The Beatles Live At The BBC on my way home last night. It includes lots of covers of old rock and roll tunes as well as a version of Till There Was You. George Harrison’s guitar playing in this song has always struck me as somewhat out of character for him, and this was even more apparent to me when I heard it among a bunch of rock and roll covers. While I’ve always admired Harrison’s contributions to The Beatles, his early playing strikes me as being a bit stiff and not very creative. He often sounds like a less fluid version of Chuck Berry.
So, where did his playing on Till There Was You come from? I’m familiar with the song from the movie version of The Music Man, but I don’t remember that version having a prominent guitar part. Was there a popular version of it that Harrison lifted the guitar part from? Or did George work out this arrangement on his own?