"All Those Years Ago" is a song written by George Harrison, released as a single from the album Somewhere in England. The song was a personal tribute to the recently murdered John Lennon. It was released on May 11, 1981 in the United States, where it spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and on May 15, 1981 in the United Kingdom., where it reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart. In addition, the song spent one week at #1 on the American adult contemporary chart, Harrison's first #1 on this chart as a solo artist.
The recording of the song featured all three remaining Beatles (Harrison, Starr, and Paul McCartney), though this was expressly a Harrison single. It is one of only a few non-Beatles songs to feature three members of the group. Harrison and Starr recorded the song at Harrison's Friar Park studios between 19 November 1980 and 25 November 1980, and after Lennon's death the following month, Harrison removed Starr's vocals to record his own with rewritten lyrics, and McCartney, his wife Linda, and their Wings bandmate Denny Laine visited Friar Park to record backing vocals. The lineup was rounded out by Al Kooper on keyboards. The three surviving Beatles would not appear together on the same track for another thirteen years until The Beatles Anthology.
The music video features a slide show-type presentation of stills and short archival video clips. The emphasis is on Lennon and, to a lesser degree, Harrison. The archival Beatles video was seemingly chosen to showcase the two together. The post-Beatles stills of Lennon at older ages are countered with stills of Harrison from the same time frame.
|Canadian Singles chart||1 (2 wks)|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2 (3 wks)|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||2 (5 wks)|
|Swiss Singles Chart||8|
|Swedish Singles Chart||11|
|UK Singles Chart||13|
|Austrian Singles Chart||14|