George Harrison was called a “brave man” by Paul McCartney and “always serious” by a friend. In a self-interview, this songwriter mentioned his reputation as the “easy-going” Beatle. Here’s what we know about this member of the Beatles.
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As one member of the Fab Four, Harrison wrote and recorded music with the Beatles. He was known for being “lovely,” with McCartney even calling him a “brave man.”
“He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humor,” McCartney said, via ABC News, after Harrison’s death. “He is really just my baby brother. We were school friends together, you know. And we joined the Beatles together and went through all of that together.”
Beatles fans got a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s relationship in Disney+’s The Beatles: Get Back. That includes Harrison’s attitude toward songwriting.
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The Beatles went on many worldwide tours where they were greeted by millions of screaming fans. However, the band abruptly stopped touring in 1966, ultimately never touring again as the group disbanded in 1970. In regards to touring, George Harrison said The Beatles stopped after they were “getting no pleasure out of it.”
In 1966, The Beatles went on their third and final tour of North America. The tour was already marked by controversy as John Lennon had to apologize for comparing The Beatles’ popularity to Jesus. The band traveled throughout the U.S., but by the end, they had decided this would be the band’s final tour.
On August 26, 1966, The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. This would be the end of their touring days and the final paid concert the band would ever perform. According to Rolling Stone, George Harrison said the band had already decided it would be their final concert before they went on stage.
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A new Paul McCartney documentary exploring the musician’s life following the breakup of The Beatles has been announced.
Man On The Run is set to be directed by filmmaker Morgan Neville and will draw on “unprecedented access to a never-before-seen archive of Paul and Linda’s home videos and photos, as well as new interviews,” to chronicle the time between The Beatles’ breakup snd the rise of Wings in the ‘70s.
According to a press release, Man On The Run will serve as “the definitive document of Paul’s emergence from the dissolution of the world’s biggest band and his triumphant creation of a second decade of musical milestones — a brilliant and prolific stretch.”
“As a lifelong obsessive of all things McCartney, I’ve always felt that the 1970s were the great under-examined part of his story,” said Neville in a statement. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to explore and reappraise this crucial moment in a great artist’s life and work.”
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George Harrison stood in the middle of the fighting that led to The Beatles’ demise. His songs rarely made it on Fab Four albums, and Paul McCartney said Harrison’s songs weren’t any good until the very end of the line. The so-called quiet Beatle got so fed up that he quit the band during the Get Back sessions. But George also helped save the work that eventually became the Let It Be album.Paul and John Lennon wrote most of the songs that put The Beatles on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. That hierarchy persisted even as George developed as a songwriter. He once said he’d have to make a hundred Beatles albums to release the songs he penned during one particularly prolific year. But his tunes still barely made it on Beatles records.
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When it comes to musical greatness, the Beatles deserve at least as much recognition as Bob Dylan, argues Gareth Calway, while Mike Pender is impressed by some lyrical changes to Dylan’s song Make You Feel My LoveDavid Cantwell’s observation, in Annie Zaleski’s feature, that classic Bob Dylan is “layered irony and hurtling verses” while his later mid-tempo ballads “align more closely to the Great American Songbook’s musical and emotional values” is spot-on (‘It speaks straight from the heart’: Bryan Ferry, Adele and Engelbert Humperdinck on Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love, 31 February). But I hope the Guardian will mark, as generously as Ms Zaleski’s fitting tribute to Dylan, that extraordinary day, 60 years ago, on which the Beatles invaded that musical territory with Please Please Me, a landmark debut LP made in 24 hours. They never yielded that heartland while progressively adding to it all the original lyrical (and in their case musical) subtleties of His Bobness.
It’s undeniable that the Beatles’ Revolver is a psychedelic rock landmark, a sonic marvel that marked a sea change in music production and culture. And in 2022 it was revisited for the full deluxe reissue treatment.
In 1966, joined by their new recording engineer Geoff Emerick, The Beatles and producer George Martin set about using the recording studio as their sonic workshop, creating sounds never heard before and introducing classical Indian music into Western pop rock.
But, like most pre-1968 Beatles albums, Revolver was recorded to four-track tape, with the result that the main rhythm instruments – usually guitar, bass and drums – were placed together on one track, making it impossible to separate them for stereo mixes.
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Watched by over 400 million people in 25 countries, 'All You Need Is Love' was The Beatles' gift to Our World.
As well as their run of peerless albums, The Beatles dominated the 1960s with a string of non-LP singles.
'She Loves You', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'We Can Work It Out', 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Penny Lane', 'Hey Jude' and many more were massive hits for The Beatles, as was the classic 'All You Need Is Love'.
'All You Need Is Love' was a Beatles single like no other.
A Flower Power anthem beamed to the world which was maybe the crowning moment of what was later known as Summer of Love.
Do you know who wrote the song, which famous faces lent their voices to the recording and what snippets of other music appear in the track? Read on for everything you ever wanted to know about 'All You Need is Love'
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After The Beatles broke up in 1970, many wondered if John Lennon and Paul McCartney would ever team up again. The pair had a few opportunities, including a possible reunion on Saturday Night Live, but they were rarely seen in public together again. The pair almost went on a dinner date in New York, but Lennon’s reunion with Yoko Ono sidetracked that evening.
Lennon and Ono briefly separated between 1973 and 1975. During this period, Lennon began an affair with their assistant, May Pang. The couple went to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where Lennon had a few incidents of public drunkenness that included him getting thrown out of several venues.
In an interview with Variety, Pang spoke about the difficult time period in Lennon’s life, saying that she didn’t have much interest in interfering with their marriage, but Ono was pushing her toward the affair. Pang also confirmed that Ono was having an affair around the same time.
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Peter Jackson's documentary Get Back is a one of a kind look into the process of the world's most famous band, The Beatles. The film was compiled from over 60 hours of footage that was taken back when The Beatles were recording their album Let It Be in 1968. Until now, these sessions were known for causing the split between the group when Yoko Ono allegedly sat on Paul's amp. However, Peter Jackson's eight-hour cut shows audiences an unfiltered look at the band. It shows their ups and downs, and how they manage to find enjoyment working together through difficult times.
Throughout the film, The Beatles are tasked with making an album they can perform live. To achieve this, the group sifts through a wide array of material before figuring out which songs make the cut and which don't. The following list contains songs that were played by the band in the documentary, but not finished for the Let It Be album they are seen working on.
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Former Beatles member, Ringo Starr remains one of the entertainment icons whose career has stood the test of time. Born Richard Starkey, he took up the name Ringo because of his habit of wearing numerous rings. The legend started his career as a drummer with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes before joining the famous Boyband, The Beatles, as a replacement for their former drummer, Peter Best in 1962.
His membership in the group brought him to the limelight and he won nine Grammys out of 27 nominations. The 82-year-old was also presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the band. Apart from his successful career, Starr has been married twice and has all three kids from his first wife and two stepchildren from his second wife.
Starr met his first wife, Maureen Cox, at The Cavern Club, Liverpool in 1962 and he proposed to her in 1965. 21 days later, the pair tied the knot on February 11 at London’s Caxton Hall Register Office with The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein serving as the Best Man and fellow bandmate, George Harrison was present as a witness.
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John Lennon’s “Instant Karma!” had an intro reminiscent of an earlier song. The Beatles covered the earlier song.
Sean Ono Lennon discussed his reaction to “Instant Karma!” and his father’s music in general.
John Lennon‘s “Instant Karma!” is one of his most popular solo songs. During an interview, he said part of it sounded like an earlier track. Subsequently, John’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, discussed what he feels when he hears “Instant Karma!”The book Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon features an interview from 1974. In the interview, John discusses some records he enjoyed. “Another American record, that nobody I know over here seems to have ever heard of,” he said. “And it’s called ‘Some Other Guy,’ by Richie Barrett. There is a strange bootleg of The Beatles singing it rather crappily from the Cavern somewhere way back in ’61.” One of The Beatles’ performances of the song can be found on the 1994 album Live at the BBC.
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After John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr found global success with their music, they decided to expand into film with A Hard Day’s Night. The film was The Beatles’ first time acting on camera, and they did it with varying degrees of success. While they had fun shooting the film, watching it was a different story. The band’s press officer, Derek Taylor, said all but Harrison left during the band’s viewing of the film.
In 1964, The Beatles decided to further capitalize on Beatlemania by releasing a movie. In it, the band played themselves. McCartney explained that they had fun doing it, but he didn’t think they were particularly good actors.
“The first film we ever made, and we’re having a good time,” said McCartney, per the book George Harrison on George Harrison. “We’re not very good actors, but we’re trying hard. That’s the most important thing, really — having a try, isn’t it?”
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This year January 30th was the 54th anniversary of The Beatles' legendary rooftop concert at Apple Corps HQ in London's Savile Row. The 1969 event was the final live show The Beatles ever played and also brought an end to their then-upcoming documentary and final album, Let It Be. But once the Fab Four started playing loudly, police attended after receiving some noise complaints. And before long, arrests were threatened.
Kenneth Womack, a Beatles scholar, recalled that the band's road manager, Mal Evans, was told the police were going to intervene unless the music stopped.
He explained: "The police demand that [The Beatles] turn down the sound or stop the concert. They tell Mal they intend to arrest The Beatles. At that point, Mal turns off George Harrison’s amplifier."
However, after he turned off Harrison's amp, he was screamed out by the quiet Beatle, prompting him to turn it back on.
Evans, who was The Beatles' road manager, then recalled in his diary how he was then arrested by the police who were trying to shut down the live performance.
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No band has had more pages written about them than the Beatles. There are books that examine every day of the band’s history, large volumes about their recordings and books devoted entirely to their gear. Yet for all that has been written about them, there is still much mystery about the finer details, such as what exact guitars and amps they used to record specific songs.
We set out to answer that last question by closely examining a select group of songs spanning the Beatles’ entire recording history. A big part of the challenge is that a great amount of conflicting info exists, even among the experts. Even the members of the Beatles, producer George Martin and engineers like Geoff Emerick have provided conflicting accounts, and sometimes those people have contradicted themselves.
Photos taken during the recording sessions provide helpful hints, but all too often crucial details are missing, and the best anyone can do is speculate. Internet forums are frankly a hell-hole of highly opinionated alpha characters who insist they have golden ears but are usually pulling utter BS out of their golden rears.
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It's a case of Love Me Do and Silly Love Songs for the ex-Beatle, who wrote My Valentine for his third wife Nancy. Ahead of February 14, Sir Paul told his website that he hides cards around the room “and sometimes things even spill into the next day - it’s completely silly”.
Sir Paul said: “I would say that being a father and being a husband are two completely different things.
“As far as being a dad is concerned, I’ve always just tried to give my kids a bit of guidance if they seem to need it - but that was mainly when they were younger.
“Now that they are older, they’re guiding me! They don’t need so much guidance these days but if there’s ever a problem, I’m very happy to be the guy they come to. So, that’s largely the thing of being a dad.
“You’re just there to help, and I suppose have fun with - we do have a lot of fun. Now they’re older we can have a drink together, for instance!
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In addition to being a rock star, Paul McCartney is a husband and father, and those are two roles that are very important to him. In a new post on his website, the Beatles legend responds to a Twitter question about what the two roles mean to him, noting they are “two completely different things.”
“As far as being a dad is concerned, I’ve always just tried to give my kids a bit of guidance, if they seem to need it – but that was mainly when they were younger,” he explains. “Now that they are older, they’re guiding me! They don’t need so much guidance these days but if there’s ever a problem, I’m very happy to be the guy they come to.”
He adds, “You’re just there to help, and I suppose have fun with – we do have a lot of fun. Now they’re older we can have a drink together, for instance!”
As for being a husband, he says the most important thing is “just trying to be good to my wife Nancy (Shevell) and trying to be considerate and romantic.” And it sounds like Nancy can expect something special later this month.
In 1965, Queen Elizabeth awarded The Beatles MBEs, and John Lennon found the whole situation baffling. By appointing each member of the band a Member of the British Empire (MBE), the queen honored the band’s contributions to British society. It caused some controversy, though, and even the members of the band weren’t sure why they were receiving the honor. Lennon explained that he found the whole thing “daft” and said he hadn’t been a fan of the ceremony.In 1965, the queen awarded the band MBEs, which rewarded their contributions to society. This decision sparked controversy; some believed that giving The Beatles the distinction cheapened it for other recipients. The band was just as surprised as everyone else.
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Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister and eldest sibling, died on January 29th at age 91, according to The Daily Mail. Louise, who spent her final days in assisted living, was known to a generation of Beatles fans for her participation in countless fan convention across the U.S. and England, and even managed her own Beatles tribute band — the Liverpool Legends. Her younger brother, 89-year-old Harry — who like their late-brother Peter — worked for George until his retirement, remains the sole-surviving member of the original Liverpool Harrison clan.
Louise and her husband, Scottish mining engineer Gordon Caldwell, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1950's, eventually settling in Illinois. In 1963 as “Beatlemania” was blossoming across Britain, a still-unknown George and Peter Harrison visited their sister — marking George the first Beatles to visit the States — including Manhattan — months before his bandmates. Louise played an early role trying to get the Beatles played on U.S. radio.
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When Beatles fans in America think of “Beatlemania” and the 1964 British Invasion, most think of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as the signature song of that moment. They have good reason to do so: That track represented the band’s first No. 1 hit on this side of the Atlantic.
However, the Fab Four had notched several No. 1 hits in the UK by February of ’64. “Please Please Me,” the band’s first huge success on the charts, went all the way to No. 2 in early ’63. That April, “From Me to You” became the first chart-topping single on the Beatles’ resume.
In July , The Beatles were the dominant force in British pop and went to EMI studios on Abbey Road to record their next single. Prior to the actual recording session, the band took some publicity photos outside.
After they’d gone in to work on the recording, they experienced the type of scene later found in A Hard Day’s Night. In fact, that day, just as they were about to record “She Loves You,” screaming fans broke into the building, with one girl actually making it into their studio.
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Ringo Starr is one of history’s best-known drummers, performing original songs like “Octopus’s Garden.” In one press conference, a teenager said he started playing the instrument because of this Beatles member. Of course, Starr had a hilarious response to the comment.
Ringo Starr was the last addition to the “Fab Four,” appearing alongside George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon. He performed songs like “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Love Me Do,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
He was even the focus of the music comedy film, Help. The drummer appeared in the Beatles until they officially disbanded in 1970. Even afterward, Ringo Starr continued to play drums for other groups and as a solo artist.
“I’ll say it again: I love being in a band,” Starr said during an NPR interview. “I love playing with other human beings. I’ve never practiced drums unless there was another human being in the room. If you could play, I’d play with you all night. But if I’m just playing by myself, it gets boring pretty quick.”
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David Crosby wasn’t fully onboard with one of George Harrison’s most important relationships. David Crosby said he was close friends with George Harrison. Afterward, David Crosby wrote a song about George Harrison.
David Crosby didn’t get along with many people, but he found a friend in George Harrison. Though Crosby didn’t agree with everything Harrison did — he even wrote a song about this — he valued his relationship with him. Crosby said that of all of The Beatles, Harrison was his favorite.
Crosby and Harrison got along, and the former Byrds artist was slightly concerned about a significant relationship in his life. When Harrison met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and had his spiritual awakening, Crosby was happy for him, but, not being religious himself, he wasn’t wholeheartedly accepting of the relationship.
The Beatles have plenty of hidden gems that were never released to the public. Some of the unreleased recordings include fragments of other songs that were edited out. While writing “The End,” John Lennon and Paul McCartney combined two Beatles songs to create a song that ended the band on a high note.
While “The End” isn’t the final song on Abbey Road, it fittingly was the final song recorded collectively by the four members of The Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to the Lennon-McCartney duo. Initially, the song was meant to end Abbey Road, but the final song was later changed to “Her Majesty.”
Each member had a solo in “The End.” McCartney, Lennon, and George Harrison performed three two-bar guitar solos, while Ringo Starr performed a drum solo, despite normally disliking drum solos. In The Beatles Anthology, Starr recalled being against the idea but was inevitably convinced by the other members.
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It took 53 years, but now, at last, The Beatles’ final public performance can be heard – with all the songs complete and uninterrupted. True, a split-screen sequence of the remarkable event on January 30, 1969, was the climax of Peter Jackson’s epic Get Back trilogy. But the film’s fascinating cutaways to the drama unfolding at ground level meant the music on the roof was not always in the foreground. Finally, a new mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell presents virtually every second from the two reels of tape containing the rooftop session. Listening to this historic audio is a thrilling experience. Although no one knew at the time, this was The Beatles’ last gig. But it’s a perfect live finale – original, humorous and unprecedented: elements that are forever associated with The Beatles.
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In an era when rockstars who had exciting and intimidating names began to emerge, The Beatles kept their real names, except Ringo Starr. Before Starr joined the band, The Beatles temporarily went under different names, with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison creating their own “showbiz names.”Ringo Starr joined The Beatles in 1962, becoming the band’s permanent drummer. Starr, born Richard Starkey, was the only band member who used a stage name. The nickname came from the drummer wearing many rings, and it began to stick. In a 1992 interview with Club Sandwich, McCartney said Ringo had previously established himself with the name at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, where several other stars started out. “Ringo was the only one who stayed with a stage name, Ringo Starr because he’d been to Butlin’s holiday camp,” McCartney explained. “This was the big difference between Ringo and us – it actually made a difference in a man’s life, in those days, whether or not you’d been to Butlin’s. And this was actually a true claim to fame: having done a complete season at Butlin’s, he was the consummate pro.”
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