Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week, known in more familiar circles as the BROW. For this week I’m taking a look at the Rubber Soul track “Norwegian Wood” which John Lennon began to compose early in 1965 during the height of his Bob Dylan influence.
Beatles producer George Martin recalls a late January 1965 skiing holiday in Switzerland where he was accompanied by his future wife Judy Lockhart-Smith and John and Cynthia Lennon. During that vacation, John came up with “Norwegian Wood,” then called “This Bird Has Flown” in the hotel room and played it to George several times. As it turned out John would have had ample time to do this since George didn’t get much skiing done after breaking his foot soon after getting there.