We who love music, we love the people who make it, we love the sound of it, and we love what it does to us, how it makes us feel, how it helps us love.
George Harrison, Musician, November 1987 (via thateventuality) —
George Harrison, Musician, November 1987 (via thateventuality) —
From MeetTheBeatlesForReal: Just a Handful of Fans
Published in the 1966 Christmas Extra issue of The Beatles Book
One of the Beatle’s fans talks about their Cavern Days
Pat Hodgetts, a friend of the Beatles from Liverpool, reminisces about the old days when Ringo played for Rory Storm and Pete Best was the Beatles drummer.
Although Pat was friendly with the boys, she also spent afternoons at the Harrison home, having tea with George’s mother, and was a frequent visitor at the McCartney’s, because at the time she was very friendly with Mike – Paul’s brother.
Pat hasn’t seen the Beatles for some years now, and her one wish is to meet them again to find out whether or not they have changed. She recalls, “I never missed a single Beatles session at the Cavern, whether it was in the evening, or a lunchtime. In those days they used to play a lot of Chuck Berry type numbers like “Memphis.” One of Paul’s specialties was “Over the Rainbow,” and I remember John singing “Keep your hands off my baby.”
Although Ringo was with Rory Storm at the time, he often used to sit in for Pete Best when he was ill. One thing I do remember about Ringo, was this horrible old car he had. Just as he was about to drive off after a session, the others used to jump on top of it and dance about on the bonnet!
After the Beatles had finished their session at the Cavern in the evenings, they used to go over to the Blue Angel with several friends or their date for the evening. John’s steady was Cynthia, though she was not a frequent visitor to the Cavern. George usually dated girls from the Cavern and Paul used to take out Rory Storm’s sister Iris, as well as having several other girlfriends.
It’s funny, but a lot of people say to me, “Don’t you think they used to look terribly scruffy in those days, and even quite unattractive.” I admit now that they look smarter, because they can afford better clothes, but I thought they used to look marvelous. The only difference now, is that John’s got fatter and George has got thinner. I like George best. He was always my favourite, and judging by the songs he’s been writing, he’s changed. He was always rather quiet, but shrewd – his songs sound like the work of a genius.
Paul and John always bossed him around on stage. Whenever George sang they danced around him and pulled faces and made jokes the whole time. John hasn’t changed at all. People were always frightened of him, he was, and I suppose still is, very sarcastic and fantastically funny. At lunchtime sessions he used to come on in a T-shirt with a tie around his neck, and a huge cap with big stripes. And whilst he was singing, he used to twitch –on purpose. One day Paul overheard two girl say, “What a shame—and he’s so young too!”
They used to talk about what they’d do if they made it. George said he wanted an enormous bed with a motor to drive around the house, so that he’d never have to get out of bed! Paul wanted a smoking jacket and John wanted a harem!
Their parents and family were very confident in them, and knew that they’d make it one day.
In fact, when “Please Please me” entered the charts, George bet his mother ten shillings that it wouldn’t get to number one. And when it happened George grabbed hold of his mother and swung her around the room in excitement.
Even before they had a hit record, they were idolized by everyone in Liverpool. The girls used to faint at their feet in the Cavern because of the heat, and the boys just looked at them whilst they played the death march – they were ever so funny.
I remember two very sad occasions. One was before they went to Germany for the third time, and there was a big farewell at lunchtime. Usually everyone used to scream and shout, but on that occasion John sang “To Know Her is to Love her” and there was dead silence –and tears.
The other occasion was when they reached number one with “Please Please Me” Bob Wooler made the announcement, and again there was silence instead of excitement. It was only because everyone knew we were going to lose them for good.
Although it probably sounds selfish, we would have preferred it if the boys hadn’t got to number one –although deep down in the hearts we were very pleased for them, because it was what they always wanted and we now knew that George could have his big bed, Paul his smoking jacket and John his harem. But since that memorable number one, the Cavern has never been the same – the enthusiasm is just not there anymore. The whole reason for rushing down to the Cavern at lunchtime or after school and being the first there ended when they left.
Admittedly other groups played there and many made names for themselves later on. But they were just not good enough – nothing could replace the Beatles.
About a week after Pete Best was thrown out and Ringo came in, there was a slight nasty incident at one of the lunchtime sessions. For some reason or other, there was a firm rule at the Cavern which stated that none of the fellows were allowed to wear jeans. Anyway these toughs (who were often down there in jeans) called George over and started hitting him. One punched him in the eye. George turned round and shouted, “Go and get John,” thinking that John would come down and punch them back. Anyway when John did arrive on the scene he just stood there laughing. George had such a terrible black eye that he had to wear a patch for ages. John and Paul kept joking about it and saying we’ll have to find somebody else if he can’t get rid of that black eye.
As far as their popularity went, John and Paul were always the front men and George was the guitarist. John and Paul were very intelligent, and John was just fantastic at everything. I suppose if I really sat down and thought about the old days, I’d be able to remember many more things, but what I have just told you, are the things which I most remember about the Beatles.
Dhani Harrison (via georgielovesjellybabies)
January 13th, 1969 (Twickenham Film Studios, London): In the middle of a personal discussion with John and Ringo about the band, its tenuous future, and their relationships with one another, Paul (in response to John’s admission of insecurity in the face of external pressures from the public and media to perform) is emphatic about his faith in them and their abilities and contends that whatever interpersonal problems they have can be resolved, for what their music is worth. (Note: I am sheepishly and frustratedly uncertain of my transcription. And yes, Yoko and Linda seem to be having a fascinating conversation about Paul and George.)
PAUL: [trying] If all of you were for sale on a shop, I’d want you as, you know, that, but I really don’t want you as that!
PAUL: But I want you as that! I don’t want him as that. You see, I want you to want yours. You’re [inaudible]. Ringo wanted— When I say those things, you know, I can hear myself sort of – but I don’t know what it is you want me to do! In period and in fact, I want you all for whatever you are, because I’m placing it – after all the bests, and all it bloody does, and what’s best, is that what you are is alright. Because if it isn’t, then it’s just stupid of me [inaudible], you know. Because if it’s what you are, and I would want us anywhere! So I’m placing all the money, all the fame, and everything, on what you are. So if this is what you two are, then get on with it.
George is yet on about food AGAIN! Lost interview from 1966 tour.
George gives a kiss on his 22nd birthday — 1965
George talking about his car — sometime in 1964.
Al Jardine on Mike Love’s speech @ Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame (via georgielovesjellybabies)
Katey Sagal, “What was it about George? Why did you love him more than the others?”, Rolling Stone (Dec. 4, 2013)
"I knew George long before the others. We were good chums despite his tender years as it seemed to me then. We were always together." – Paul McCartney
“It used to be PaulnGeorge… as one word. They were the kids from the grammar school. That’s how we referred to them. For ages we didn’t even know George really, he was just ‘Paul’s mate’.” – Len Garry
"In Liverpool, Paul would come round my house and we’d play in the living room. Paul knocked me out with his singing especially, although I remember him being a little embarrassed to really sing out, seeing as we were stuck right in the middle of my parents place with my whole family walking about. He said he felt funny singing about love and stuff around my dad.” — George Harrison
"As the days stand up on end you’ve got me wondering how I lost your friendship." - George Harrison (Run of the Mill)
"Did I ever take you in my arms? Look you in the eye? Tell you that I do? Did I ever open up my heart, let you look inside? If I never did it, I was only waiting for a better moment, that didn’t come.” - Paul McCartney (This One)
"Scan not a friend with a microscopic glass — You know his faults — Then let his foibles pass. Old Victorian Proverb. I’m sure there’s enough about me that pisses him off, but I think we have now grown old enough to realize that we’re both pretty damn cute!" - George Harrison
"Those guys’ inability to express love for one another was classic. The exception is Ringo, who says [in the film], ‘I love George, and George loved me.’ That wouldn’t have been so easy for Paul. (..) Paul had to admit that he didn’t know ‘All Things Must Pass,’ and that was an awful thing to confront. It was huge humble-pie stuff for Paul to be among these people who he may have thought had a better relationship with George than he did. But I believe Paul missed George as much as — if not more than — anybody.” - Eric Clapton.
“George told me once that I smelt like home. I got all paranoid, you know, thinking I smelt of fish and chip shops or dirty bars or something. But he said no, I just always smelt of home." — Paul McCartney