Here, There And Everywhere - Maybe in Everyone's Top 10?
Paul McCartney wrote Here, There and Everywhere sitting on a sun bed playing chords on his acoustic guitar.
He was sitting beside John Lennon's swimming pool, waiting for John to get out of bed so that they could work through some melodies together for their upcoming 1966 album, Revolver.
He started with the chord of E and one line of lyric and by the time John had awoken and joined him by the pool, he had written Here, There and Everywhere.
He played it for John Lennon out in the sunshine and John said he loved it.
John Lennon later said it was one of his favourite Beatles songs.
Musically, it is a very simple chord progression except Paul McCartney is always the master of surprise and in the middle 8, he sneaks in some tonic minor chords and in doing so, creates a real contrast in sound making it bitter-sweet and yet it all holds together. Paul McCartney has suggested that the lyrics and vocals were meant to be like the Beach Boys in style.
Many people have covered Here, There and Everywhere. Here are some of the best.
Emmy Lou Harris
Emmy Lou Harris provides me with perhaps, one of the best cover versions of Here, There and Everywhere.
She is such an intuitive singer and is as famed as much for her work with other artistes as for her solo work.
Her voice is sweet, her fingerpicked guitar totally in keeping with the melodic simplicity of the song.
Paul McCartney wrote this about a woman but Emmy-Lou will convince you that it's all about her man!
She released it on her second album, Elite Hotel to much praise at the time. In 2013, it has lost none of its power to take your breath away.
This is best heard through really good headphones, this is George Benson's gorgeous, chocolatey, soulful rendition of Here, There and Everywhere with some jazzy additions on piano and a big band background.
He covers one full rendition of the song before taking the song in a completely new direction with a jazz inspired guitar solo in keeping with his tremendous talents on that instrument.
Only he could have made a version like this and it is truly, a unique interpretation.
Per Olov Kingdren - Instrumental
Per Olov is also featured with his cover version of Blackbird in another of my articles.
Here covers Here, There and Everywhere with equal skill and talent.
It is an instrumental version on classical guitar.
Jaw droppingly good.
The Flying Pickets - Acapella
It was truly a delight to find an acapella version of Here, There and Everywhere.
The Flying Pickets had a Christmas #1 in the UK many years ago with their cover version of Yazoo's Only You and it was at the top of the charts for about 6 weeks.
Lead vocalist of the Flying Pickets, Brian Hibbard has a very 'club' style voice, almost like a decent Karaoke singer.
There is nothing amazing about any of their voices except they manage to imbue the song with some great scat and do-wop stylings which give it a rather naïve flavour.
Might not be to everybody's tastes, but its simplicity is rather appealing.
Perhaps one of the best known covers of Here, There and Everywhere is by Celine Dion who was asked to record the song by Beatles producer, George Martin for his own 'cover' album, 'In My Life' which was released in 1998.
Martin's arrangement is simplicity itself and he is said to have tweaked McCartney's arrangement when the Beatles recorded it for Revolver.
Dion's voice, often so powerful is polished and very upbeat; she does not overdo this with her usual intensity and the song is all the better for that.
What she does give us is a rather sweet rendition of it and the arrangement is underplayed to emphasise that lightness of touch.
McCartney Covers The Beatles
This Paul McCartney version is included with respect to Paul for his ability to still bring something of his own youth to this song even in this much, much later recording.
This version is an acoustic one with a minimum of bass and percussion and it is easy to imagine that this is how he played it for the first time; sitting on John Lennon's sun lounger, looking across at the sun shining on the swimming pool, thinking about his girl.
Here, There and Everywhere - A Beautiful Instrumental Cover
And finally, another instumental version from English jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor and the wonderful Stephane Grapelli, the 'grandfather of jazz violin'.
It is so unusual that I just had to include it - how does Stephane Grapelli get his violin to sound like a voice?
Martin Taylor is one of Britain's foremost jazz guitarists and the jazz stylings here really bring the melody to life in a new way.
Grapelli's style is so unique to him that there can be no mistaking the artiste from the moment he begins to play.
It just sounds like a jam session that spawned something amazing.
Here, There and Everywhere Covers - Honourable Mentions
I am sure everybody has sung a Beatles song at some point in their lives - you might be washing the shampoo out of your hair and warbling away under the shower.
You might have even gotten up and done a turn at a Karaoke evening - the worse for beer and reminiscing.
So please forgive me for not including any talent show versions of Here, There and Everywhere; for me, a lot of them are not much better than karaoke.
Not included here but worthy of a mention - Joe Cocker, John Denver and Hank Marvin who was rumoured to have been offered the song for The Shadows by Paul McCartney, only to turn it down.
I hope you enjoyed this brief sojourn down memory lane and enjoyed all of the cover versions included.
Maybe you have a favourite?
Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on April 20, 2013:
Mike, I've been singing it for days now (and I can still only hear Paul singing it) :o)
Mike Robbers from London on April 19, 2013:
I didn't know most of these covers of a great song... I do vote for the original though :)
Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on April 18, 2013:
shiningirisheyes, glad to have been of service :o) I read lots of hubs and enjoy them but I love it if I read a hub with videos which are new to me. I learnt so much last year from reading gardening hubs that it set me up ready for this year all thanks to great videos. My husband is sick of listening to me singing this song, that's all I have done for the last 3 days :o)
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 17, 2013:
This truly was an enormously comforting walk for me down a precious lane of my memories. My big brother was a guitar virtuoso and often played this as well as a variety of other Beatles tunes.
While enjoying the read of the Hub, I really appreciated the wonderful recall of memories. Voting up
Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on April 17, 2013:
MarshFish, many thanks for your comment - I really like The Flying Pickets version, it is very down to earth and 50s style.
Marshall Fish on April 17, 2013:
I'm a big Beatles fan, too. I liked this hub focusing on Here, There, and Everywhere. I only knew The Flying Pickets from their cover of Only You, so I liked hearing their version of the song. Good hub!
Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on April 17, 2013:
Bill, I knew you would like this one being a big Beatles fan - I love all of these versions for one reason or another. Glad to provide your soundtrack today.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 17, 2013:
Well, we all know that I love the Beatles, and yes, this is one of my top five favorites of theirs.....but amazingly I have never heard a cover of this song. Thanks for this hub. I now have some music to listen to as I write today. Keep them coming, Julie. I love your research and the facts you present in each hub.