Scan - Olivia and George Harrison, 2001
"Olivia had the hardest job in the world, because she loved George more than all of us, and she really took care of him and cleared the path in front of him, behind him, and inherited that crazy life, you know." - Tom Petty
"[H]is dark sweet lady was the love of his life, and I know how much he loved her; a braver, finer, lovelier companion no man could ever find, and it breaks my heart to think of these last […] years." - Eric Idle
"Olivia says that, towards the end, when he knew he was dying, her husband would comfort her by saying: ‘Olivia, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine.’ And is she?
‘Fine is OK, but it is not really good enough, is it? But George was right, I am fine and I am OK, although I will miss him until my dying day. But he walked his road and now I have to walk mine.’” (The Telegraph, 2005)
George Harrison - “Never Get Over You” - Brainwashed (2002)
"[T]he homemade taping of a love song that could take its place easily alongside ‘Something’ and ‘Learning How To Love You.’
The song is introduced and characterized by graceful bottleneck counterpoint. Harrison again explores the D to G minor chord change heard previously on ‘Rising Sun.’ This sequence emphasizes the modulation of F-sharp to G and A to B-flat, each a musical half step. Individually and collectively, these changes create a hesitant mood of imperfection, used by Harrison to suggest simultaneously feelings of love and loss through the juxtaposition of a beguiling, positive melody with harmonic tension. The conflicting emotions of life are concealed in what appears at first sight to be a simple love song.
In every respect, ‘Never Get Over You’ underlines the sheer quality of George Harrison as a songwriter, musician, and arranger. Harrison is setting his own standard here, and he is not found wanting, notably in his singing, which has often been considered his key weakness. For a highlight of the track is his warm and soulful vocal, which was an entirely new turn for him, but wholly convincing. The realization that this fine Harrison love song might never have been heard is another of the bittersweet facets of Brainwashed.” - From While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison by Simon Leng
Scan - George and Olivia Harrison
“‘I am still having a relationship with him, but it is just not a physical relationship any more. And the sooner one comes to terms with that, the easier it is, rather than feeling George has gone and he is never coming back.’ Does she communicate with him? ‘I don’t really want to get into all that. That’s a dodgy question to answer because people might think - I don’t know if you have ever had anybody go who you have loved? Well, you do feel in communication with them because you feel so deeply in your heart that if you say a prayer, it goes straight to them.’” - Olivia Harrison, 2005
Scans - George and Olivia, and Dhani
“She’s been a very calming influence on me. We’re blissfully happy.” - George Harrison
“I love you, George. The joys, sorrows, lessons and love we shared are more than enough to fill my heart until we meet again.” - Olivia Harrison, “Harrison” by the editors of Rolling Stone
"Q: Has remarrying and having a child significantly changed your life? George: Yeah, that’s been a wonderful thing for me. Everybody who has a baby thinks their child is wonderful, and it is. I’m enjoying it a lot and, again, that’s probably why John isn’t working. After a long time of waiting, he and Yoko finally had a child and I think he wants to give most of his time to watching the child grow up.
Q: You met your wife, Olivia, at the end of what seems to have been a pretty low period for you personally - 1974. George: Yeah, well after I split up from Pattie, I went on a bit of a bender to make up for all the years I’d been married. If you listen to ‘Simply Shady’, on Dark Horse, it’s all in there - my whole life at that time was a bit like [laughing] Mrs. Dale’s Diary [a now defunct British radio soap opera].
Q: Were you going down fast? George: Well, I wasn’t ready to join Alcoholics Anonymous or anything - I don’t think I was that far gone - but I could put back a bottle of brandy occasionally, plus all the other naughty things that fly around. I just went on a binge, went on the road… all that sort of thing, until it got to the point where i had no voice and almost no body at times. Then I met Olivia and it all worked out fine. There’s a song on the new album, ‘Dark Sweet Lady’: ‘You came and helped me through/When I’d let go/You came from out the blue/Never have known what I’d done without you.’ That sums it up.” (Rolling Stone, 1979)
George Harrison and Keith Williams (photo 1); George and Olivia Harrison (photo 2), Australia, 1982 - screen captures from The Australian Women’s Weekly, 28 April 1982
Excerpts from the article:
"I’ve spent the last 10 years trying to become un-famous. And I think that, just maybe, I have succeeded. Only two people have recognized me during my stay in Australia." - George Harrison
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"This time round he said with a smile, he is here as a ‘real person’. […]
“‘Everywhere I go I find myself thinking how happily I could live here. There’s no tension. A lot of Australians don’t know how lucky they are. It’s a happy country. In Britain one almost feels guilty for feeling happy. Winter is so depressing. Strikes and more strikes. Everyone’s miserable. It’s a constant struggle not to let the attitude of others rub off on you.’”
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"After the split up of The Beatles, he spent years ‘finding himself’. Doing yoga helped him in the rough spots.
His philosophy is simple. ‘It’s about finding out who I am, where I’m coming from, and where am I going.
'I see life as a huge university. You are here to get knowledge to free the soul. The trick is to find out who you are before you kick the bucket.'
[Illegible] he sees ‘kicking the bucket’ not as the end. George believes in reincarnation. ‘I wouldn’t mind coming back as a grain of sand,’ he grinned. ‘At least I’d never have to worry about the press hounding me again.’”
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"Dhani (pronounced something like Danny) is a delight. His name is made up from two notes of the Indian musical scale, dha and ni, and doesn’t mean ‘wealth’, as was reported soon after his birth.
He is a bright, creative child, currently hooked on space toys. He speaks with a quaint upper-class English accent. Mum and Dad aren’t quite sure how he picked it up.
Perhaps it is the influence of his nanny, Rachael. Not that she is the plum-in-mouth, sensible-shoes type of nanny so often depicted in British films. She looks more like a flower child with her cheesecloth dress, flowing hair and scrubbed, glowing skin.
There is none of the relegate-the-child-to-the-nursery-where-mama-and-papa-will-visit routine in the Harrison household.
Olivia spends hours each day playing with Dhani, and George talks to him like an adult, and patiently answers his never-ending stream of questions.
Consequently, at three and a half, the boy prattles away in a manner that would put to shame children twice his age.
George feels they spoil Dhani, but admits he is drawing comparisons with his own childhood: ‘We were lucky to get one present at Christmas time.’
Most of Dhani’s toys are educational. When he outgrows them they are passed on to charities.”
The article - titled “George Harrison Exploring Australia Incognito” - includes an exclusive interview. I’ve typed up the artice from a digital copy. The copy unfortunately cuts off slightly toward the crease, but hopefully, what is discernible nonetheless gives an interesting insight! For those interested, please read on after the “read more” cut.
George Harrison - “Here Comes The Moon” (demo) - George Harrison (1979)
"Sunsets in Hawaii are marvellous with the whales jumping up and down in the ocean: fantastic. Everything was so wonderful and then one evening I turned round and the full moon was coming up as the sun was going down - all this and here comes the moon! Too much.” - George Harrison, I Me Mine
Scans - Olivia and George Harrison in California, 1975, photographed by Henry Grossman
"[Olivia] and George had talked on the phone many times […] [and] once they met [in the autumn of 1974] they became nearly inseparable. It was a relationship, says one friend, they each expected would work, ‘just an intuition, a thing they felt for each other over the phone. It was almost mystical the way they felt it happening.’" - From a 1977 publication
"There was a serene and calming presence that George and Olivia gave off. George had fresh flowers placed in the home and there was incense burning, pictures of holy men, the smell of curried rice dishes - long-grain rice - wafting in from the kitchen. They’re both health food eaters. You know something is going on when they’re around but it isn’t something George shoves down your throat. They are both very thoughtful, and he has a great sense of humor. She is a lovely woman, far from that Hollywood-model type, far too spiritual. The harmony between them is clear and apparent to anyone around them, yet they don’t perform sex in front of you on the floor. They are quite attentive to each other’s needs and well-being and there is genuine caring going between them. It’s quite lovely to see and it has a calming effect on people around them." - "A friend" on George and Olivia during the time they stayed at a rented home (rented by Ringo and Nancy Lee Andrews, who were away at the time) in the Hollywood Hills in 1976; from a 1977 publication
Q: “Was it love at first sight?”
Olivia Harrison: “Pretty much. We felt it in our hearts from before we met. Even on the phone, we seemed to have some understanding, like you do when you meet the right person. And he was a charmer, such a charmer!”
(The Sun, 12 June 2009)
Scan - George Harrison and John Lennon after arriving at Heathrow Airport following their second major U.S. tour, 2 September 1965