1. "Ted Heath was on this TV programme playing the organ. The director’s going, OK, 20 seconds, 19, 18 - it was a live programme - and I suddenly popped up beside him and said, Hello Ted, I hear you’re having to move abroad for tax reasons! He wasn’t too happy about it."
    — George Harrison, Q magazine (1988)

    (Source: harrisonstories)

     

  2. meetthebeatlesforreal:

    harrisonstories:

    This the second excerpt from The Little Girl Tapes with George Harrison (first part here). In this part: George is still signing things, Leslie asks if he’s still playing guitar and about his new song (It’s All Too Much). She also tells him his mother is “fantastic” for answering fan letters and keeping fans informed. George mentions that while receiving letters is “very nice”, The Beatles are just regular people who happen to be famous, and people shouldn’t be worshiping them. 

    George: They’ve all got this idea that we’re something else.

    Leslie: Good or bad?

    George: I don’t know - whatever it is, they don’t see us as what we are, which is people.

    About the tapes:

    Leslie Samuels and her friend, Donna Stark, are two major Beatles fans from New York who had their own Beatles fan club and were involved in the pen-pal network of Beatles fans. In 1967 they spent the summer in England by getting into a summer program at Oxford, and one day decided to skip classes to try and meet all of The Beatles (which they did!). Along with gifts and items they asked to be autographed for friends, they brought a cassette recorder. The two interviews they did with Paul and George survived and became known as the “Little Girl Tapes”. I’m going to be posting some audio snippets from George’s interview over the next few days.

    Leslie also wrote about her experience in Teen DateBook magazine (you can read the one about George here and the one about Paul here), and in the late 1970’s she visited George again at Friar Park with a girl named Angela (you can read about that here).

    The audio isn’t the clearest and drops out at certain points, so if anyone is having a tricky time listening to it, let me know, and I’ll have a bash at making a transcript. 

    Leslie is a sweetheart!  I was able to meet her this past February at the Fest.   I did a transcript for the whole Lost Girl Tapes (both George and Paul).  So if you need a transcript, please drop me a line.  No need for harrisonstories to spend all that time doing it when I did it several years ago.    I am so glad others are enjoying Leslie’s story as much as I have.

    Thank you, Sara! And thank you so much for your original posts about them. I never would’ve known about them otherwise.

     

  3. This the second excerpt from The Little Girl Tapes with George Harrison (first part here). In this part: George is still signing things, Leslie asks if he’s still playing guitar and about his new song (It’s All Too Much). She also tells him his mother is “fantastic” for answering fan letters and keeping fans informed. George mentions that while receiving letters is “very nice”, The Beatles are just regular people who happen to be famous, and people shouldn’t be worshiping them. 

    George: They’ve all got this idea that we’re something else.

    Leslie: Good or bad?

    George: I don’t know - whatever it is, they don’t see us as what we are, which is people.

    About the tapes:

    Leslie Samuels and her friend, Donna Stark, are two major Beatles fans from New York who had their own Beatles fan club and were involved in the pen-pal network of Beatles fans. In 1967 they spent the summer in England by getting into a summer program at Oxford, and one day decided to skip classes to try and meet all of The Beatles (which they did!). Along with gifts and items they asked to be autographed for friends, they brought a cassette recorder. The two interviews they did with Paul and George survived and became known as the “Little Girl Tapes”. I’m going to be posting some audio snippets from George’s interview over the next few days.

    Leslie also wrote about her experience in Teen DateBook magazine (you can read the one about George here and the one about Paul here), and in the late 1970’s she visited George again at Friar Park with a girl named Angela (you can read about that here).

    The audio isn’t the clearest and drops out at certain points, so if anyone is having a tricky time listening to it, let me know, and I’ll have a bash at making a transcript. 

     
  4. thateventuality:

    Dhani and George Harrison

    Photo: Richard Young/Rex Features

    Sunday, 1 August 1999: “In Henley-on-Thames, George upsets his neighbors when he throws a 21st birthday party for his son, Dhani. The quiet Beatle decides to mark this historic occasion by staging a 15-minute fireworks display on the grounds of his Friar Park home. But unfortunately, local environmental health officials will soon claim that they had received a large number of complaints about the events, saying: ‘The show terrified children and animals for miles around.’ As the fireworks lit up the sky, car alarms went off, debris fell onto gardens and windows rattled. Mrs Peggy Leonard, from nearby Hop Gardens, says: ‘Suddenly, without warning, we were subjected to a most frightening display right overhead. Debris was falling into our gardens and one dreads to think what would have been the outcome had a spark set light to tinder dry grass or trees. What on earth has happened to our nice, peaceful town?’ The health officials write to George informing him of the complaints.” - The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001

     
  5. worshipinginthechurchofgeorge:

    What about the period when you were in love with his wife Patti Boyd, who eventually left him and married you? Does that put a strain on your relationship with George?

    Unbelievable. And it’s still here. It has something to do with the way we wind each other up. I mean, that always a little barbed comment somewhere in any conversation. I mean, that devastated all three of us. It was fun at the time. It really was like on of those marriages where you see wife swapping – Bob & Carol & Tom & Alice. And everyone saying: “Oh, it doesn’t matter, we can write our own story on this.” Because those were the times.

    But it took years, and it’ll never go away, the way it affected our lives. We’re still very much the same in the way we think about and feel about each other. Pattie’s still there in the picture for all of us.

    1991 Rolling Stone interview with Eric Clapton

     

  6. thateventuality:

    This is an amazing, insightful (and delightful) interview (or rather, “Innerview”) with George Harrison from June 1979, conducted by KMET-FM’s Jim Ladd. A truly wonderful listen, available at the above link.

     
  7. The Beatles recording “For You Blue” during the Let It Be sessions. (1969)

    (Source: harrisonstories)

     
     

  8. "Basically, most of John’s songs, like Paul’s, were written in the studio. Ringo and me were there all the time. So as the songs were being written, they were being given ideas and structures, particularly by John. As you say, John had a flair for ‘feel.’ But he was very bad at knowing what he wanted to get across. He could play a song and say, ‘It goes like this.’ Then he’d play it again and ask, ‘How does that go?’ Then he’d play it again - totally differently! Also his rhythm was very fluid. He’d miss a beat, or jump beats. And he’d often do something really interesting in an early version of a song. After awhile, I used to make an effort to learn exactly what he was doing the very first time he showed a song to me, so if the next time he’d say, ‘How did that go?’ we’d still have the option of trying what he’d originally played."
    — George Harrison, Guitar World (1992)

    (Source: harrisonstories)

     
  9. thateventuality:

    The following is an excerpt (pertaining to The Beatles, and George in particular) typed up from a digital copy of Lewis H. Lapham’s article - “There Once Was A Guru From Rishikesh” - published in two parts (4 May and 18 May 1968) in the Saturday Evening Post. This excerpt comes from the 18 May issue; as it’s a lengthy read, it’s under a “read more” cut.

    "To the Beatles the Maharishi attributed the popular success of his spiritual-regeneration movement, and he doted on them with the proud fondness of a singing teacher or football coach. Often he referred to them as ‘the blessed leaders of the world’s youth,’ and in his happiest moments he described George Harrison as ‘a sublime soul for whom God and all the angels give thanks.’

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  10. (Source: captainharrison)