One of my all-time favorite songs (and definitely one of my all-time favorite guitar solos) is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison… Eric Clapton… Peter Frampton… Steve Lukather… Tom Petty… Prince… Jeff Healey… and a host of others.
Did they all perform on the original recording? Of course not! The song was written by George Harrison, but covered by all of these great artists, and many more. Just about everybody who’s anybody has their own unique version… which is what makes the musical world go ’round and ’round.
What I love about “Guitar Gently Weeps” is everybody who covers it… flat out nails it. I attribute that to the pure magic of the original writing and recording.
So today I am starting a new category titled TOP SIX which will pull together (in my opinion) the “Top Six” most incredible versions of the same song for you to listen to… and I will start with Harrison’s masterpiece.
But before we get in to this, I have to say (again)… many thanks to YouTube for making content like this available. A while back I wrote a post titled “Thank You YouTube” that you may want to read through one more time. We are a blessed musical generation to have this visual musical encyclopedia to research and enjoy.
OK, buckle up — here we go. Sit back and get ready to relive some rock ‘n roll history. You are just a few clicks away from the “Top Six” renditions of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”:
1) Prince nails an epic solo on this one!
2) Eric Clapton & Paul McCartney…How Cool is this!
3) Steve Lukather (Toto)
4) Peter Frampton – Simply incredible.
5) Several artists – Prince begins the solo at 3:30 – it’s KILLER to the end!
6) JEFF HEALEY with a very emotional version…
Do you have a favorite version of this song that was not included above?
If so, post a comment below…