‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis Was Originally Titled ‘Wishing Stone’ Until Oasis Heard a George Harrison Album

Oasis’ “Wonderwall” was inspired by a groupie he encountered while performing with The Verve and George Harrison’s debut record, according to Noel Gallagher. “Wonderwall” by Oasis is one of the most essential classic rock songs of the 1990s. Noel Gallagher of Oasis stated that the song had a different title until Oasis heard a George Harrison album. Furthermore, he disclosed that “Wonderwall” was not the only Oasis song influenced by George. A groupie and George Harrison’s ‘Wonderwall Music’ inspired Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. In a 2009 interview included in the book The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters, Gallagher recounted the evolution of “Wonderwall.” “Its original title was ‘Wishing Stone,'” he said. “We played the Cathouse in Glasgow, where the record says we recorded ‘I Am the Walrus,’ but that’s actually from a Sony conference we played; but that night we played with The Verve, I ended up with this capo.” “I met some girl, and we went back to my hotel room, and she had this stone in her pocket that she insisted I had,” he explained. “You run into these divvy birds all over the place. I thought that was a nice title, and the song evolved from there. “I’m not sure where I was when I wrote the lyrics.” In this usage, “bird” refers to a female in English. Everything changed when George released his debut solo record. “It was called ‘Wishing Stone’ for ages until we were listening to Wonderwall Music by George Harrison and it was like, ‘Brilliant, I’ve got a Beatles connection!'” Gallagher recalled.

Noel Gallagher claimed that Oasis’ ‘Supersonic’ was also inspired by George Harrison’s work. Gallagher thought he was chastised in the press for drawing inspiration from The Beatles. He saw nothing wrong with that, and he was comfortable with other musicians receiving inspiration from him. “Wonderwall” wasn’t even Oasis’ sole success that borrowed ideas from George. Gallagher wanted a riff from Oasis’ “Supersonic” to sound like a George riff. Gallagher also mentioned The Kinks, The Who, and the Sex Pistols as musical influences.

The chart performance of ‘Wonderwall’ in the United States and the United Kingdom. “Wonderwall” by Oasis became the band’s biggest hit in the United States. It peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 20 weeks. The song was included on the iconic album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? That record peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and remained there for 78 weeks. According to the Official Charts Company, Oasis’ “Wonderwall” became a hit in the United Kingdom as well. “Wonderwall” peaked at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and remained on the chart for an incredible 86 weeks. Meanwhile, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? reigned supreme in the United Kingdom for ten weeks. It was in the charts for a total of 607 weeks. “Wonderwall” by Oasis is one of the most essential songs of the 1990s, and it wouldn’t be the same without George’s contribution.

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