Song facts: Savoy Truffle

On October 3rd 1968, the Beatles recorded a new George Harrison song Savoy Truffle, for the band's forthcoming White Album.

John Lennon was absent on this particular recording; something that was commonplace during the recording of the White Album. In addition to Harrison, McCartney and Starr, six saxophonists were brought in for the recoding.

Harrison wrote the song about his friend Eric Clapton, who had a notorious chocolate addiction. Clapton famously played lead guitar on George's While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Savoy Truffle is a funny one written whist hanging out with Eric Clapton in the '60s. At that time he had a lot of cavities in his teeth and needed dental work. He always had a toothache but he ate a lot of chocolates - he couldn't resist them, and once he saw a box he had to eat them all. He was over at my house, and I had a box of Good News chocolates on the table and wrote the song from the names inside the lid. I got stuck with the two bridges for a while and Derek Taylor wrote some of the words in the middle - 'You know that what you eat you are'.

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George Harrison on the Beatles' Mad Day Out, July 28th 1968.

George Harrison on the Beatles' Mad Day Out, July 28th 1968.