While accounts vary in the U.K. media about the health of George Harrison, the ex-Beatle continues to turn up as a treasured guest on various recordings. Next up is an apperance on guitar on “Anna Julia,” the forthcoming single by ex-Traffic member Jim Capaldi. The cut, to be released Aug. 13 in the U.K on the Steamhammer imprint via the German-based rock label SPV, has already enjoyed success in South America. In addition to Harrison, it features Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and backing vocals by ex-Jam/Style Council leader Paul Weller.
Capaldi, in addition to his work with Traffic, has scored two top-30 solo hits in the U.K., reaching No. 5 in 1975 with a version of the oft-covered “Love Hurts.” His most successful U.S. single was “That’s Love,” a No. 28 entry in 1983. Last month, Capaldi appeared at the all-star London tribute to songwriting giants Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller at Hammersmith Apollo.
Harrison, who has been reported as “close to death” in some quarters, is said to be recovering well from a recent brain tumor operation. The guitarist appears on Electric Light Orchestra’s new Epic album “Zoom” and as a guest of former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman on his current set with the Rhythm Kings, “Double Bill” (on Papillon in the U.K., Roadrunner in Europe, and Koch Progressive in the U.S.).