In the summer of 1969 The Beatles found themselves in the studio recording material which would make up their eleventh studio album, Abbey Road, which included the George Harrison-written hit ‘Something’.
Joined with ‘Come Together‘, ‘Something’ was officially released as a single and marked their first track written by Harrison a Beatles A-side. The band’s lead singer would later admit that the song was written bout the Hindu deity Krishna and, when speaking to Rolling Stone in 1976, explained: “All love is part of a universal love,” when discussing his writing style. “When you love a woman, it’s the God in her that you see.”
Harrison’s love song is regarded by many as some of his finest work and, as the years have passed, countless major figures have attempted to put their own spin on it. The likes of Shirley Bassey, Joe Cocker, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John have all added their versions of ‘Something’ but it is the work of the great Frank Sinatra we’re focusing on.
Sinatra, who allegedly called ‘Something’ “the greatest love song of the past 50 years,” began performing the song Beatles track live and his rendition would later appear on the compilation album Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2. Despite having initially performed the song in the late ’60s and into the 1970s, we’re focusing on a momentous performance in 1982.
Sinatra, performing as part of the ‘Concert for the Americas’, filled the 5,000-seater amphitheatre in the Dominican Republic and rolled through his classics at the age of 66. The set, which included the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola, also included his own take on a Beatles classic.
Enjoy it, below.