‘Here Comes The Sun’ performed by James Taylor & Yo Yo Ma

This rendition was released in 2008 on a Christmas album by Yo Yo Ma called Songs of Joy & Peace.  Yo Yo Ma is a Chinese-American cellist and composer who has won 16 American Grammy Awards and is considered one of the most famous cellist of the modern age.  He studied at Juliard School of Music, Columbia University, and Harvard University.  He was appointed to the Presidents’ committee on the Arts and Humanities (2009).

James Taylor is an American singer/songwriter who has won 5 American Grammy Awards.  He is a member of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.  His greatest hits album alone sold more than 12 million copies in the US.

The original version of “Here Comes The Sun” was written by George Harrison of The Beatles and released on the album Abbey Road.

Paul McCartney honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

This is one of the most prestigious music awards of all time. The former Beatle was honored by the presence of President Obama and cover versions of several of his songs by such prominent artists as Elvis Costello, Corinne Bailey Rae, the Jonas Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jack White, and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).  One of the highlights of the night was Dave Grohl’s clean cover of the hit ‘Band on the Run’.  Grohl is best known as the front man for Foo Fighters, the drummer for Nirvana, and the drummer for Them Crooked Vultures.  The song itself is composed in a three-part structure and was a no. 1 song on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Elvis Costello – Penny Lane
Herbie Hancock feat. Corinne Bailey Ray – Blackbird
Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out

Genius Behind The Beatles (Apple Recs)

The Beatles as musical legends go are top contenders.  Perhaps a longstanding key to their success is that each member played a front role and shared the spotlight in addition to their incredible talent.  No one can say too much of unity.
In example, below the this week 70 yrs old Ringo Star (drummer) performs alongside an all star line up (including Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, and Elton John) a hit Beatles song which he sang.  ‘With A Little Help’ is one of few Ringo sang lead on, however, it made its mark.