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Beatles Kin Bashes Trump's Use of 'Here Comes the Sun'

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By    |   Friday, 22 July 2016 11:36 AM

The family of George Harrison says the Trump campaign's use of "Here Comes the Sun" during the Republican National Convention was "unauthorized" and "offensive."

They also say they might have approved of the billionaire real-estate tycoon using a darker song Harrison he wrote which talks of "darkness" "hopelessness" and "sadness."

"Here Comes the Sun" — one of Harrison's most optimistic tunes which heralds "the smiles returning to the faces" — was blasted from loudspeakers in Cleveland Thursday night as Ivanka Trump came onstage to introduce her dad.

But members of Harrison's estate, which include his widow Olivia and son Dhani, were not amused and fired off two tweets:

The estate was referring to one of Harrison's eeriest songs from his 1970 solo record in which he warns of "the hopelessness around you in the dead of night" and "falling swingers dropping all around you."

In stark contrast, "Here Comes the Sun," which appeared on the Beatles' 1969 "Abbey Road" album, remains on of the Fab Four's most upbeat numbers. Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001.

Trump has incurred the wrath of several classic rockers whose songs he's used without permission.

Paul Rodgers of the band Free complained about the playing of his song, "All Right Now," at the finish of Trump's acceptance speech on Thursday and hinted at legal action.

Rodgers, who also was a member of the group Bad Company, wrote on Twitter:

And Brian May of Queen complained about the use of the band's beloved anthem "We are the Champions," written by fellow group member Freddie Mercury, which was played as Trump took the stage earlier this week.

Politicians have often iconic rock songs to whip up their supporters — but sometimes it backfires.

Last month, former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was ordered to shell out $25,000 to musician Frankie Sullivan for using the Survivor song "Eye of the Tiger" during a campaign stop.

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