"I have never really thought about myself as someone who writes songs as a craft. Many songwriters do. I suppose I have seen it that way without bring conscious of it, but not often. Mainly the object has been to get something out of my system, as opposed to ‘being a songwriter’."
— George Harrison, I Me Mine
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Only just saw your comment on the post, sorry for a delayed response: Waiting For The Beatles: An Apple Scruffs Story was published in December 1985.
Apparently (and understandably), George was hurt by the book being written, and by someone who broke his trust and made money off of him… The stories have most likely been embellished, which is why, when I post these excerpts, I add the “disclaimer” of sorts. :)

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Anonymous → In which years do you think George looked his best?

Thanks for your question, anon! :) And what a question, at that - I should probably just say 1943-2001, but… ;) Okay: I have a weak spot for Teddy boy George, for all of the Sixties, all of the Seventies, all of the Eighties, all of the Nineties and - this is back at square one again, isn’t it? Just like with his music and personality… from “Liverpool scruff” over Fab years, to the solo years, the Wilbury years and everything in between, he was georgeous all the time and I never could choose a best. :)
What about you, anon or anybody reading this - what are your favored George years? :)

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"Waiting For The Beatles: An Apple Scruffs Story" by Carol Bedford - Excerpt 13
Just a note: This is probably best taken with a grain of salt; without wanting to offend anyone… as I’m not too certain about the truth and accuracy of all that is in this book.

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Song: Dark Horse (acoustic demo)
Artist: George Harrison
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Happy Nat: 1974 was a challenging year for George with his marriage to Pattie Boyd coming to an end and a lot of despondence over many of the critics’ opinions toward his previous album Living In The Material World. While it was undoubtedly a huge commercial success, it was being criticized for the overabundance of Hindu spirituality in the music. Keeping himself busy through the hard times, George made plans to begin his own record label. It was to be called Dark Horse after a recent song he’d composed. He also planned by year’s end to be the first Beatle to tour North America since the Beatles stopped touring in 1966. He put a band together for that very purpose that included his friend Billy Preston, Robben Ford, Willie Weeks, Jim Keltner, Tom Scott and others. He even planned to record an album, also titled Dark Horse while rehearsing with the band in preparation for the tour. In hindsight, George may have pushed himself a bit too hard. Between the problems in his personal life and arrangements for his new record label, George found himself down to only three weeks to get the album recorded and rehearse the band. The tour was to be named after the planned album as the Dark Horse Tour and was scheduled to kick off on November 2nd, 1974, but at the beginning of October, there was still lots to get done.

Unfortunately, the long rehearsals while simultaneously recording the album took it’s toll on George’s vocal chords and he developed laryngitis during the album sessions and shortly before the tour began. Despite the setback, George completed the album in time for the tour. However, his voice on the record was not at it’s best, particularly on the title track, and it was also problematic throughout the tour.

Even through these difficulties, George’s Dark Horse album fared well on the American Billboard album charts, remaining in the top 10 for 5 weeks and peaking at number 4. The cleverly written lyrics of the title track seem to have a few possibilities as to who they are directed toward: critics of his previous album, Pattie or even John and Paul – all of these are good guesses. For BROW this week I’m offering up a demo of the song recorded earlier than the master and played only by George singing to his own acoustic guitar accompaniment. His voice is in better form here, making this quite an enjoyable listen. I hope you like it too.

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Derek Taylor (thrusting a telephone into George’s hand): ‘They [a reporter] want to know what you look for in a girl.’


George Harrison: ‘Hello, this is John Lennon. I look for spiritual qualities more than physical. Though I like girls who don’t wear bras. Eyes are the windows to the soul, as someone once said. Sorry to have taken up so much of your time.’

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— Late May 1969, Off The Record
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[The Beatles] all dropped in the other day to collect another batch of the presents you sent them. Chaos reigned for the hour that they were here!


George said he had seen ‘a very clever but easy to do judo throw on television’, and he tried to demonstrate it, on me! I refuse to be thrown half-way across a room by anyone, even a Beatle, so I let Ringo have the honour. Poor Ringo! I don’t think George can have had any idea how hard an office floor can be of he would never have attempted it. After that John sat quietly in a corner muttering and eyeing George warily. Seeing him through new eyes maybe??

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— From Anne Collingham’s August 1966 newsletter, The Beatles Book monthly
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"He never flinched. He never felt sorry for himself. He never lost his sense of humour. You have to leave your body, whether you believe in an afterlife or not, and the more prepared you are for that… It’s kind of like training for the Olympics and that’s what he did mentally his whole life and then… he pulled it off, happily and in the most exemplary way you ever could."
— Dhani Harrison on his father, George, Q Icons
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beatlesconfessions:

“It makes me irrationally angry how often people insult George while trying to compliment him at the same time. It’s always something like,”While he clearly wasn’t as good as the other two, the quiet one made a couple of awesome songs on Abbey Road,” or “Sure he had nothing on Clapton and Hendrix, but simple playing is good too!” I don’t think most people appreciate how talented he was. They also tend to ignore his huge contributions to John’s songs, as though it was all Lennon/McCartney.”
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beatlesconfessions:

It makes me irrationally angry how often people insult George while trying to compliment him at the same time. It’s always something like,”While he clearly wasn’t as good as the other two, the quiet one made a couple of awesome songs on Abbey Road,” or “Sure he had nothing on Clapton and Hendrix, but simple playing is good too!” I don’t think most people appreciate how talented he was. They also tend to ignore his huge contributions to John’s songs, as though it was all Lennon/McCartney.”

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Paul McCartney and George Harrison, c. early 1958
"Every time I see something to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was my little mate on the school bus; he’s sorely missed by us all." - Paul McCartney, Hello!, 2011

Paul McCartney and George Harrison, c. early 1958

"Every time I see something to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was my little mate on the school bus; he’s sorely missed by us all." - Paul McCartney, Hello!, 2011
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