A letter from Beatles guitarist George Harrison has surfaced with previously unknown details about the Fab Four’s long-rumored brief consideration of recording at Stax in Memphis.
Via Rolling Stone:
Harrison was writing to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in May, 1966. About recording at Stax with producer Jim Stewart (note – not the Beatles longtime producer George Martin, which would have added yet another uncommon detail to the whole affair), Harrison said: “We would all like it a lot, but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles,’ and so it fell through!”
From the Rolling Stone piece: “Word of the proposed Stax sessions has circulated before, but it was always said they pulled out due to security issues. It was also never known they contemplated working with Jim Stewart as opposed to George Martin, the only producer they’d ever worked with until the end of their career three years later. The letter was recently put on sale by Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold, who acquired it from Drew’s widow shortly after he passed away in 2013.”