Lady Madonna - The Beatles 1968Saturday is the only day of the week not mentioned in the Beatles song “Lady Madonna.” According to the book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles, Paul McCartney recalled, “I was writing the words out to learn it for an American TV show and I realized I missed out Saturday; I did every other day of the week, but I missed out Saturday. So I figured it must have been a real night out.”

The lyrics that mention the other six days are:
Friday night arrives without a suitcase.
Sunday morning creeping like a nun.
Monday’s child has learned to tie his bootlace, see how they run…
Tuesday afternoon is never ending.
Wednesday morning papers didn’t come.
Thursday night your stockings needed mending
, see how they run

“Lady Madonna” was released as a single in March 1968. It was written by Paul McCartney with a minor contribution from John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney).

George Harrison and John Lennon having a laugh in Shea Stadium“All Those Years Ago” is a George Harrison song that was a tribute to the then recently assassinated John Lennon. It was released May 11, 1981, five months after Lennon’s death. The recording of the song featured all three remaining former Beattles (Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney). It is one of only a few non-Beatles songs to feature those three in the lineup. Paul, with his wife Linda and their Wings bandmate Denny Laine, contributed backing vocals on the recording.

The writing and recording of the song actually began before Lennon’s death. George originally wrote the song with different lyrics for Ringo to record. Starr recorded it but felt the vocal range was too high for him to sing and he didn’t care for the lyrics. Harrison kept the track, and after John’s death, he rewrote the words to pay tribute to his friend and former bandmate. The song makes reference to a couple of Lennon compositions, “All You Need is Love” and “Imagine”.

The song went to #1 on the American adult contemporary chart. This was Harrison’s first #1 on this chart as a solo artist.

“All Those Years Ago” is available on the new CD compilation Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison.