Today in Eric Clapton laid down his now historic tracks on the George Harrison penned Beatles song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' - Clapton said initially "nobody ever plays on the Beatles records!" but George insisted.
For the Beatles, he was a guitarist and composer. The composer duo Lennon / McCartney worked even better than the guitar trio Lennon / McCartney / Harrison. Lennon was shot in 1980 by the deranged assassin Mark David Chapman in New York.