“Here Comes The Sun” is a Beatles’ song which is on their 1969 album, “Abbey Road”. However, it makes an appearance on their “Love” album in 2006 too.
Release Date: 26th September, 1969
Recorded: 7th July – 19th August, 1969
Genre: Folk pop, pop rock
Track Duration: 3:06
Record Label: Apple
Songwriter: George Harrison
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Phil McDonald, Geoff Emerick
George Martin: orchestral arrangement and conducting
Uncredited: four violas, four cellos, double bass, two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes, two clarinets
Here Comes The Sun
Written and sung by George Harrison, “Here Comes The Sun” represents his relief at the arrival of Spring while getting away from the pressures of being part of The Beatles.
“Here Comes The Sun was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘Sign this’ and ‘Sign that’. Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever; by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton’s house.
The relief of not having to go and see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote Here Comes The Sun.”
Harrison plays the acoustic guitar and the song also features Moog synthesizer. Indeed, it was Harrison who introduced the instrument to the Beatles after acquiring an early model from California.
“I first heard about the Moog synthesiser in America. I had to have mine made specially, because Mr Moog had only just invented it. It was enormous, with hundreds of jackplugs and two keyboards.
But it was one thing having one, and another trying to make it work. There wasn’t an instruction manual, and even if there had been it would probably have been a couple of thousand pages long. I don’t think even Mr Moog knew how to get music out of it; it was more of a technical thing. When you listen to the sounds on songs like Here Comes The Sun, it does do some good things, but they’re all very kind of infant sounds.”
The Beatles began recording this track on the 7th July, 1969, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 2.30pm-11.45pm session. However, John Lennon wasn’t present as he was recovering from a car crash. The others recorded 13 takes with the last one suitable for the master rhythm track and overdubbing the next day. Further overdubs occurred on the 16th July such as the harmonium and handclaps.
On the 15th August, they added George Martin’s orchestral arrangement, then on the 19th, Harrison added his Moog synthesizer part and the song was complete.
“Here Comes The Sun” is George Harrison’s second composition on the “Abbey Road” album and sits proudly as the first track on side 2 before the long medley kicks in. The song also features on their 2006 album, “Love” as a transitional piece between it and “The Inner Light“.