George Harrison - Beatles History Home Sells
The West Hollywood home where George Harrison wrote Magical Mystery Tour album track Blue Jay Way has sold almost a year after it was first placed on the market.
The Blue Jay Way bungalow, where Harrison and his then wife Pattie Boyd stayed during a visit to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s,was put up for sale last April (13) for $4.5 million (£2.8 million).
It has now sold for $3.8 million (£2.4 million), according to real estate website Redfin.com.
Back in the 1960s, it was owned by a music business lawyer who rented it out to Harrison during one of the late legend's breaks in California.
Beatles scholar Martin Lewis tells Wenn the song the street Blue Jay Way inspired is very important to Fab Four history.
He explains, "It was the first song composed by a Beatle, in which the lyrics really went beyond the geographic borders of their native Britain. Up until then the songs that John, Paul and George wrote were quintessentially British.
"On 1968's White Album that all changed, and we had songs about the 'black mountain hills of Dakota', girls from Georgia, Moscow and all points east. But, in writing about a narrow hillside street in Los Angeles in 1967, George was the one who opened that door to weaving lyrics about America into Beatles songs."
He adds, "The second notable aspect of the song that George composed on a Hammond organ in the house on Blue Jay Way was the closing mantra. George had been waiting for some friends who'd got lost to show up to visit him, so he wrote a line that repeatedly says, 'Please don't be long.'
"In the halcyon counter-culture days of 1967, that line was frequently misperceived by some fans as an anti-establishment political message to them: 'Please don't Belong'. In short, the longer your hair, the more you didn't want to 'belong.'"