A discarded piece of music - a guitar solo by George Harrison - recorded when The Beatles' 1969 hit, "Here Comes The Sun" was being rehearsed, has been discovered in Abbey Road studios.
The musical solo guitar piece never made the final cut to the song which featured on the iconic 11th studio album "Abbey Road". The discovery was made by George Harrison's son Dhani, legendary Beatles' producer George Martin and his son Giles during a visit to the studio which gave its name to the album.
The three men were in the studios playing original master tapes from the recordings made back in 1969. Abbey Road was the band's last recorded album, although Let It Be was the last album released before the band split up in 1970. It was described by musical journalists as one of the most tightly constructed albums of all time. Rolling Stone magazine rank it at number 14 in the 500 Greatest Albums Ever Released.
When Dhani, George and Giles were listening to mixing tapes of "Here Comes The Sun", they stumbled across the guitar solo never before heard. Like many Beatles classics the song has been covered by several artists in the years since. Soul songstress Nina Simone, folk artist Richie Havens, reggae icon Peter Tosh and Swedish heavy metal outfit Ghost have all had hit versions of the song, writes New Musical Express magazine.
The solo guitar piece was unearthed when son Dhani opened a channel and suddenly found the musical treasure; much like an archaeologist rummaging through an ancient Egyptian tomb and opening a chest of gold.
George Harrison died of throat cancer in 2001. He was a virtuoso guitarist adept in playing several instruments including the sitar, ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, tambura, sarod, swarmandal, bass guitar and keyboards.