In a Birmingham apartment, a hidden, never-before-heard psychedelic pop tune featuring George Harrison and Ringo Starr was discovered.
Suresh Joshi, a broadcaster and journalist, wrote and produced Radhe Shaam in 1968 for the documentary film East Meets West.
Harrison and Starr were recording Hey Jude with the Beatles at Trident Studios in London when they offered to contribute guitar and drum parts to the song.
The song incorporates Hindi-language vocals by vocalist Aashish Khan and begins with a pealing riff from Harrison and is anchored by a strong backbeat from Starr, but there is plenty of space for each Beatles to contribute extremely individual musicianship.
Harrison has a long, yearning, and joyful guitar solo, while Starr adds his trademark drum rolls and fills.
Harrison’s interest in Indian culture had been piqued by the Beatles’ trip to Rishikesh earlier in 1968, when they practiced transcendental meditation under Harrison’s leadership.
Harrison revealed to Joshi that tensions were already brewing in the band before their 1969 split: “He said he was the underdog … that he had lost his confidence.”
Radhe Shaam will be released for charitable purposes. “Leave it to humanity – that’s what George wanted to do,” Joshi said.
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