[Groop]OT: Free As A Bird/ Real Love

Larry Steller lawrencesteller@yahoo.com
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 16:27:16 -0800 (PST)

--- "Bruce J. Cole" <salamurai@yahoo.com> wrote:
> "Free as a Bird" was a demo that John Lennon recorded around
> 1977, which Yoko
> Ono provided to the three "surviving" Beatles during the
> Anthology project.
> Paul George and Ringo then added additional vocals and
> instrumentation to the
> framework...

Hey Bruce!!!

Although I haven't verified this independently, I recently heard
more on the subject of how the "new" Beatles songs came about. If
true, it's damned intriguing.

Apparently, before learning of the 2 Lennon demos, Harrison was
working on a Traveling Wilbury's album (not sure if it was Volume
1 or Volume 3), when someone came up with the idea of doing a
song featuring "Aaron Wilbury" aka Elvis Aaron Presley. They were
going to take existing unreleased vocals and add in the other
band members, but the deal fell through. Not sure if they had
trouble securing the rights or what, but George recalled this
when he heard about the Lennon demos and the rest is

It's fun for me as a big Beatles fan to consider "Free  A Bird"
and "Real Love" to be New Beatles Songs, but completely
understand the purist point of view. 

-Larry Steller
New York, New York

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