Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Inspiration is Circular

I read somewhere that Roger McGuinn of the Byrds used a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar to create the group's signature sound after he saw George Harrison playing the instrument in the movie A Hard Day's Night (1964).

"I Should Have Known Better," by the Beatles
from the motion picture A Hard Day's Night (1964)

George Harrison playing his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar
Later, the Byrds recorded "The Bells of Rhymney" (1965), which featured McGuinn's distinctive chord riff.

"The Bells of Rhymney," by the Byrds
from the album Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

Roger McGuinn playing his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar
George Harrison heard this tune, and he really liked McGuinn's riff.  So Harrison created a variation of it for his song, "If I Needed Someone" (1965).

 "If I Needed Someone," by the Beatles
from the album Rubber Soul (1965)

Great songwriting inspiration is circular.  Everybody influences everyone else, and, eventually, you end up inspiring yourself.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  The Byrds performed "The Bells of Rhymney" as the "Pick of the Week" on the television series Shindig!, which ran from 1964-1966.  This video clip is from the September 16, 1965 broadcast.

P.P.S.  Here's a live recording of the Beatles performing "If I Needed Someone," possibly from a 1966 concert.

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