The Beatles - “The Hippy Hippy Shake” - Live at the BBC
Recorded: 10 July 1963
Broadcast: 30 July 1963 on Pop Go The Beatles
The Beatles’ cover of the 1959 Chan Romero song.
Eric & George at home, 1976 - photo by Pattie Boyd, courtesy of Pattie Boyd’s official website
"George phoned one day to say he was in the area and wanted to see us. I took this of him and Eric smoking in the little living room." - Pattie Boyd, Wonderful Tonight
Carl Perkins & George Harrison - “Distance Makes No Difference With Love” - Go Cat Go!
"[W]hen I got over to George’s house, I sang it for him, and he said, ‘Wow, man, that’s a beautiful song.’ I had a couple of other things, and I was open for whatever he wanted to do. H kept going back, and he said, ‘Sing That Distance again,’ and I said, ‘Sure,’ and he said, ‘Man, let’s do that one.’ So we buckled down and he played, I played a couple of different guitar parts, he played the piano, he played rhythm, he played slide, he played everything on there. [Except for drumming by Jim Capaldi.]
We had a really good time. George worked awfully hard on this thing, he sang all those harmony parts himself, I think he really poured his heart and soul into it. He meant for it to sound great and I’m so proud of that, I really am.” - Carl Perkins, October 1996, quoted in Goldmine
A new month (almost), another new sidebar scan: this time, it’s George at the Lake Palace, Udaipur, India in 1974, photographed from George’s camera and scanned from Living in the Material World. :)
Courtesy of YouTube (user: SailAwayRaymond7): The Beatles in Sweden, 50 years ago today, 29 July 1964. John Lennon reading a boy of “Good Dog Nigel” from In His Own Write - with a little help from “George Parasol,” “Ringo Stone,” and “Paul McCharmly.”
The Beatles - “Savoy Truffle” - The Beatles
George Harrison, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1971 - photographed by Pattie Boyd
"George was always a reluctant famous person." - Pattie Boyd, British Beatles Fan Club interview
"[In the summer of 1971, George and Pattie traveled by train from London to Kyle of Lochalsh, with Donovan and his wife, Linda - and then on to Skye, where they stayed at Donovan’s house] Details of the secret pilgrimage to the beautiful Hibredean island only emerged in 2007, when Pattie discovered long-lost photographs of her former husband gazing out across the Cuillins and clowning around for the camera on the ferry trip. Wearing a baggy jumper and a wooly, beanie-type hat, and with his hair falling past his shoulders, George is virtually unrecognisable as the innocent young moptop of 1963-1966. Instead he is very much a mixture of hippie hobo and wandering mystic, happy to indulge in a bit of fun. […]
During his few days back on the island, George and Donovan were happy just to wander about. Donovan told me: ‘Linda and I were delighted to show our dear friends the beauty of Skye. We had our little one-year-old daughter Astrella with us, and George was enraptured by her. As I let my feelings drift back to that long-ago summer, I see four young friends walking the grassy slopes of island cliffs, gazing out to sea at the shimmering terns and the clear blue sky. All the world was young, and the possibility of peace was in every gentle heart.’
Donovan’s long-time friend Sam Richards was occasionally part of the company. He says: ‘George was a very sweet guy, very humble. We went down to the Stein Inn and had a couple of pints in there. For the most part Don and he kept themselves to themselves. He signed a couple of autographs, but by and large he was left alone. I’m sure the locals were surprised to find a Beatle in their midst, but no one bothered him much. I think he was just enjoying some peace and quiet away from all the hassles people like him have to go throught. Most of the time they just hung out with each other, playing guitars.
'George had travelled up from London and he and Pattie got the ferry over from the mainland. I remember it was bitterly cold at that time of year and I gave George a big hug to keep him warm. I don't think he even had a change of clothing. I seem to remember him leaving in the same clothes as he arrived. The weather was so wild I remember him saying you could die out there. So he started fantasising with Donovan about how you could build a tunnel from Don's house down to the boathouse. And they were both talking about how it could be done. They were always joshing with each other, a lot of banter. He was a really lovely fellow.'
The last word, naturally, lies with Donovan: ‘I am always surprised how long a band does stay together. They were together the longest time. We are grateful for the time they were together. It’s not easy. I welcomed their solo careers and don’t really miss anything. The music of the band is alive and well. In many ways they were the best friends this planet ever had.’” - From The Beatles in Scotland by Ken McNab
Delaney & Bonnie - photo by Pattie Boyd
"This was George and Eric’s first time to play on stage together. 1969." - Pattie Bpyd, via her official website
George Harrison and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, 1968 - photographed by Pattie Boyd
"While we were in Rishikesh at Maharishi’s ashram studying meditation, there were occasionally intimate talks just for the Beatles. Clearly a lot more meditators were expected, as you can see in the background of this photograph an Indian builder on a rooftop. In the foreground George - wearing a pretty, floral Deborah and Clare shirt - is showing something to the Maharishi." - Pattie Boyd, National Geographic
"Well, George was always a reluctant famous person, and I think when he went to India and understood a little bit about Indian philosophy and spirituality, I think he thought he might be able to find out why he was chosen to be famous. It was always confusing to him, a boy from Liverpool being able to play the guitar, suddenly, well not suddenly, but quite quickly becoming world famous. It was difficult to come to terms with that for him, and he thought there could possibly be an answer, and if it was going to be anywhere it was going to be in the East." - Pattie Boyd, British Beatles Fan Club interview