“While my guitar gently weeps’’ is a song by the Beatles, the English rock band in their 1968 double album called, The White Album’. This musical masterpiece was released on 25th November 1968 and completes 51 years today! George Harrison penned the song after their trip to India, where they were dismayed at the world’s unrealized potential of universal love. The song serves as a comment on the disharmony within the Beatles following their return from studying Transcendental Meditation in India in early 1968.It was written as an exercise in randomness inspired by the Chinese I Ching.
Harrison previously recorded it with an inadequate backing of acoustic guitar and harmonium – an adaptation that showed up on the 1996 “Anthology 3” outtakes compilation and, with the added string arrangement by George Martin, on the Love soundtrack collection in 2006. The full recording was made in September 1968, so, all in all the songs folk based arrangement was replaced by heavy rock. This recording was also one of a few coordinated efforts among Harrison and Clapton during the late 1960s and was superseded by the pair co-composing the tune “Badge” for Clapton’s group, Cream.
The song got its music video in 2016 by Apple Corps and Cirque du Soleil. It was recreated for the tenth anniversary re-staging of “the love” production by Cirque du Soleil. While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was ranked #136 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, #7 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, and #10 on their list of The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs. It’s one of those monumental songs that have stayed on top of the charts for 111 weeks!