The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #24: “Dark Horse”- George Harrison. The title track from George Harrison’s 1974 album Dark Horse- has always been one of my favorite George songs- even though when he recorded it he had laryngitis during the period it was recorded. This was one of the worst times in George Harrison’s life- he had went on an American Tour- and it didn’t go well due to his voice problems and his relying a lot on Ravi Shankar to carry the load. Ravi was great but people paid to see George. His personal life was also a mess with his marriage to Pattie Boyd coming to and end, he had a drug problem and was also smarting from negative reviews of his 1973 album Living In The Material World. Harrison wrote “Dark Horse” as an answer to his critics and some also feel as a message of defiance to Pattie Boyd. Harrison would later claim that at the time he wasn’t aware that the term “Dark Horse” referred to an unlikely or surprise winner. The single peaked at #15 in the Billboard Hot 100- with a better vocal it could have done better- one of George’s best written solo tunes.