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Here, There and Everywhere by The Beatles, Best Cover Versions
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?