Scans - George Harrison and Astrid Kirchherr
“George was always my favourite, his kindness and his wit. He was just a wonderful person and whenever I was in trouble, like with money and things, he was always looking after me and he invited me a couple of times to London and later on to Henley. I just miss him terribly because he was like a little guardian angel for me, I feel like I am in a way lost without him.” - Astrid Kirchherr, A Retrospective
"…Astrid was so loving; she’d take us home and feed us. She helped us a lot, even just to let us have a bath. Astrid was twenty-two at that time, and I was seventeen; she seemed so much older than me, and so grown up…" - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles summed up everything for me during my late 20s. It was the time of Vidal Sassoon haircuts, mini skirts and the new-look make-up. Their music was such a big influence on my life. It said everything about the era. They were irreverent and exuberant, stylish and fun.
I was particularly fortunate because they were often in my shop on the King’s Road in Chelsea. John Lennon, who I must confess was my favourite, bought one of his trademark caps from me. George Harrison and his wife Pattie were regulars and The Beatles’ girlfriends modelled for us all over America."
The Beatles - “For You Blue” - Let It Be
“For You Blue is a simple twelve-bar song following all the normal twelve-bar principles except it’s happy-go-lucky!” - George Harrison, I Me Mine
Scan - George Harrison arriving at the civic reception for The Beatles in Liverpool, 10 July 1964; copyright Mirrorpix.
"It’s great that our own home town should do this for us, but deep down I’ve got a feeling that there are a lot of Liverpool folk who deserve this honour far more than we do, after all what have we done, sung some songs around the place and made money. It doesn’t seem much compared with some things that have been done by many Liverpool men and women who’ve never been honoured." - George Harrison to a Liverpool newspaper prior to The Beatles’ civic reception in their home town of Liverpool, 10 July 1964
"The best moment for me was when we were going into the theatre and I saw six girls who used to come and sit on the front row when we appeared at the Cavern, it was wonderful to see them there." - George Harrison after the civic reception
Screen shots of George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from The Beatles Anthology Special Features “Recollections,” Friar Park, June 1994:
Ringo: “It’s been really beautiful and moving. I like hanging out with you guys.”
Paul: “Little choochie face!”
A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles’ third album (and the only one to feature solely Lennon-McCartney compositions), released 50 years ago today on 10 July 1964. Image courtesy of thebeatles.com.
You can also listen to the full album - whether you own it on vinyl, CD or digitally - online via YouTube (user: zZzTheBeatleszZz) here.