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George Harrison’s second song on Abbey Road was written on an acoustic guitar in the garden of Eric Clapton’s house in Ewhurst, Surrey.

Here Comes The Sun expressed Harrison’s relief at being away from the tensions within The Beatles, the troubles with Apple and the various business and legal issues which at the time were overshadowing the group’s creativity.

Harrison’s understated use of a Moog synthesiser was a key feature of Here Comes The Sun. Robert Moog’s then-recent invention was a rarity in the UK at the time, and The Beatles were keen to experiment with its sounds.

The rhythm track was recorded in 13 takes on 7 July 1969. Harrison played acoustic guitar and sang a guide vocal, McCartney played bass, and Starr was on drums. Harrison spent an hour re-recording his acoustic guitar part at the end of the session.

The next day Harrison recorded his lead vocals, and he and McCartney twice recorded their backing vocals. On 16 July handclaps and a harmonium were overdubbed. Here Comes The Sun was then left until 6 August, when Harrison taped more guitar parts alone in Abbey Road’s studio three.

The orchestra – the names of the players undocumented – was recorded on 15 August. The song was completed four days later, when Harrison taped his Moog part.

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