Why Dave Grohl Connected With George Harrison More Than Any Other Beatle

Dave Grohl grew up worshipping The Beatles, but he only truly connects with one member of the Fab Four; George Harrison. Many would guess that one of the best drummers of the 1990s would choose The Beatles’ drummer, Ringo Starr. Or Paul McCartney, who is a family friend.

However, Grohl connects the most with The Beatles’ guitarist. He loves George’s playing so much that he had to replicate it on a Foo Fighters song.

Dave Grohl attending the 2016 Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party. George Harrison posing in 1971.
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Dave Grohl connected with George Harrison more than any other Beatle

Grohl played some of his favorite Beatles songs on a special on the BBC’s Radio 2 Beatles. During the special, Grohl talked about his favorite Beatle, George, and his song “Something.” Grohl connects the most with George out of all the other Beatles because of his sense of melody.

“I would like to play my favorite song by George Harrison, called ‘Something,'” Grohl said on the radio special. “I think that of all The Beatles, of course, each of them is so entirely different. Melodically, their songwriting, lyrically, but George Harrison, there was almost something about him that I almost preferred the most.

“I loved every single one of them for different reasons, but I connected to George Harrison’s sense of melody more than anyone.”

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Grohl connected with George so much that there’s a Foo Fighters song called ‘Oh George’

The drummer turned guitarist loves George so much that there’s even a Foo Fighters song called “Oh, George,” which appears on the band’s first album.

“On the first Foo Fighters record, there is a song entitled ‘Oh, George.’ I basically wanted the guitar solo to sound like something he would do,” Grohl explained. “But the guitar solo in the song ‘Something’ is the first guitar solo I ever learned.

“It’s such a beautiful solo. Melodically, it’s safe to say that it’s one of the most classic guitar solos of all time. Such a beautiful song.”

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The Foo Fighters frontman likes the Quiet Beatle’s ‘Taxman’ too

Besides “Something,” Grohl also listed “Hey Bulldog,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” “All My Loving,” “Eight Days A Week,” “Blackbird,” amongst others, as his favorite Beatles songs. George’s “Taxman” was also high up on the list.

Grohl explained, “The opening track ‘Taxman,’ a George Harrison song, it’s one of my favorite riffs and rhythms of all Beatles songs. I love the chords; I love the melody; I love the snare sound. You have to imagine that in 1966, they were inventing a lot of rock ‘n’ roll recording by figuring out new ways to engineer these sessions.

“I have to say that this song, still to this day, sounds better than most rock ‘n’ roll songs. The riff, the rhythm, the melody, the lyrics.”

Grohl is one of the biggest Beatles fans, but he has a soft spot for George and his songs. No wonder Grohl cried like a baby at George’s tribute concert, Concert for George.

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