While working with the Beatles in London during the summer of 1968, songwriter James Taylor felt a twinge of homesickness for the Carolinas and decided to write a song about it. "Carolina in my Mind" is a ode to the languid North Carolina summer, Taylor's dog, and his family. The song seemed to paint such a resonating picture of the state that the University of North Carolina even made it an unofficial school anthem, as graduating students sing the song before every commencement. Despite the song's faithfulness to the state, there's a couple special cameos on the song from some non-Carolina musicians. Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison perform bass guitar and vocals respectively. Nevertheless, their placid playing makes a compelling argument that these Beatles have spent a summer or two on the Carolina coasts.