The Beatles 'Come Together' for 'Now and Then'

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Beatles are the most important band in my life. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have filled my ears with fantastic musicianship and classics since my junior year of high school.

It’s the only band that consistently makes me feel something. I bawl like a baby when I hear “Blackbird” or “Julia” — songs that represent leaving home and my love for my girlfriend, respectively. I want to sing “Here Comes the Sun” to my children, I’ll gladly belt “Helter Skelter” at the top of my lungs and “Strawberry Fields Forever” is just way out there, man.

I have four of the band’s records on vinyl. “Abbey Road” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” were the first two vinyl records I ever owned.

So that’s why when “Now and Then,” marketed as “the final Beatles song” dropped on Friday, Nov. 3, I was curious. First of all, curious about how the track was even made.

But, the story of its creation is simply amazing.

Lennon originally worked on the vocals in the 1970s following The Beatles’ breakup, and before his death. Then Yoko Ono, his late wife, found the cassette tape and gave it to the surviving Beatles (Harrison, McCartney and Starr) in 1994, from which they added to it.

Harrison added an acoustic guitar — which is in the final version — with McCartney playing the piano, bass and sitar (we’ll get to that later) and Starr featuring on the drums.

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