Tuesday, June 5, 2012

100 Cover Versions #27: Emmylou Harris covers 'Here, There and Everywhere' by The Beatles

When I was a child songs by The Beatles were always on the radio. As a child their songs always sounded like songs from a long time ago but in reality they were only a few years old in the late 1970s and 1980s. I grew up hearing covers of their songs by other people and only later realised that they were Beatles songs. I'm sure that is the way when teenagers hear songs from today's  music charts and have no idea that the song contains a sample from the 1980s or even later. 

One Beatles song that I have always associated with another singer is the song Here, There and Everywhere which was covered by Emmylou Harris. It was written in 1966 by Paul McCartney and credited to him and John Lennon. Emmylou Harris recorded her version for her 1975 album Elite Hotel. I heard it again today on  a country music compilation album and knew it was the next song to feature on my 100 Cover Versions list. 
The Beatles songs really were poems, little moments of beauty. A timeless quality created from the first time someone heard them on the radio, songs that we as listeners end up carrying with us as memory and association of place and time. Emmylou Harris was and still is a music artist who simply presents the individual song itself as a thing of beauty so it no wonder that she can sing country, pop or a ballad or that amazing combination of all three. 

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