55 years ago this week--on September 6th, 1968 -- The Beatles welcomed a special guest into the studio during the sessions for The White Album when Eric Clapton provided the guitar solo for his good friend George Harrison's classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Harrison felt the band wasn't showing much love to his song, so he hoped that bringing Clapton in would cause them to show more interest and be on their best behavior. Clapton was hesitant at first, saying, “Nobody ever plays on Beatles records,” but he finally agreed. Slow Hand talked about that recording session at the Abbey Road Studios:
"The most important thing I remember about that session and the other stuff I saw around them was how funky it was. They made records in the most liberated way I'd ever seen. They just did whatever they felt like and there was an incredible freedom to their approach to making records. There was nobody governing anything. There was no kind of censorship. They just did what felt right, you know. That was really liberating to see."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]