As the Beatles’ career progressed, George Harrison’s creative prowess emerged more and more, reaching its zenith as soon as he was released from the band’s constraints. Harrison used the song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the White Album as commentary on the group’s internal conflicts while they were in India for Transcendental Meditation. When he brought up the concept to the band, there was more strife, so he enlisted the assistance of his close friend Eric Clapton for the recording.
George Harrison, a master of mystery, looked to academic and historical texts for topics to include in his songs. The end product is a stunning melancholy song that ends with the chorus and continues in an apparent circular motion. The brutal Clapton guitar solo, which incorporates his blues into Harrison’s work, greatly enhances the plodding progression and steady cadence.
Exact one year after Harrison’s passing, the song was played at the Concert for George memorial for him. Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton both played the song at the occasion. Dhani, the son of George, is also competing, and Ringo Starr provides their drum support.