"Something" was released on October 6, 1969
together with "Come Together" as a double A-side single, making it
the first Harrison composition to become a Beatles A-side. The
song is widely viewed by music historians as having marked
Harrison's ascendancy as a composer to the level of the Beatles'
principal songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It's
described as a love song to Pattie Boyd, Harrison's first wife,
although Harrison offered alternative sources of inspiration in
later interviews. Due to the difficulty he faced in getting more
than two of his compositions onto each Beatles album, Harrison
first offered "Something" to Joe Cocker. As recorded by the
Beatles, the track features a guitar solo that several music
critics identify among Harrison's finest playing. The song also
drew praise from the other Beatles and their producer, George
Martin, with Lennon stating that it was the song on Abbey Road.