Real George

In 1987, George Harrison cut a bouncy cover of James Ray’s 1962 soul shouter “Got My Mind Set On You”; shortly thereafter, “Weird Al” Yankovic worked Harrison’s version into, well, just six words, because that’s what he does for a living.

Cut to the fall of 2014, when Apple Records got around to reissuing George’s solo albums, and the Fonda Theatre in L.A. held an all-star tribute called “George Fest.” Al was there, and he sang one of George’s greatest songs. With no jokes.

I’m almost sure I’d have lost it somewhere therein.

(Via Laughing Squid.)

5 comments

  1. jsallison »

    31 May 2017 · 8:33 pm

    I suspected Al had chops cause he couldn’t do what he does without knowing his way around his source tunes. This would be proof. Wonder what he could come up with on his own.

  2. CGHill »

    31 May 2017 · 9:27 pm

    About 40 percent of Al’s material is original, though he is happy to borrow existing styles. For example, there’s this pseudo-Doors number:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4sALru9IJk

    To make it work just that much better, he hired actual Doors organist Ray Manzarek.

  3. Roger O Green »

    1 June 2017 · 10:18 am

    Al is an astonishing musical chameleon.

  4. nightfly »

    1 June 2017 · 3:49 pm

    He also has a legitimately talented band backing him, most of whom have been around for decades. A lot of respect for the man and his work.

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