Signatures collected by Stephanie Pinter, was co-president of the Dallas chapter of the National Beatles Fan Club and met The Beatles when they arrived in Dallas in September 1964

As the time passed 2am, Brian Epstein told the girls that they would need to leave soon. He asked Stephanie if she’d gotten the boys’ autographs. She admitted she was so deep in conversation with them that she hadn’t thought of it. Brian handed her his own pen and a pad of notepaper from the Cabana and told her to get their signatures. She went around to all four and collected them all on a single piece of paper. After Stephanie had gotten all four Beatles to sign, she walked over to Brian to thank him for making the meeting possible. He was very gracious and so she asked him to sign the paper as well. Stephanie said that Brian was very reluctant to sign at first because he didn’t want to mar the Beatles’ autographs with his own. Stephanie insisted that he sign, so he found a spot on the lower right-hand side of the sheet and signed along the edge, just to be sure he didn’t obscure any of the Beatles’ autographs.

-Source: meetthebeatlesforreal

George Harrison called me a bastard! He made this album with Ravi Shankar called Chants of India and it had the Ohm sign on the cover. Well, he put that sign on a baseball hat, which I thought was fantastic, so I made the same hat in purple and gave one to Ringo. Now George was a great gardener – he liked to go to these shows where they are selling trees and shrubbery from the middle ages and Ringo shows up wearing my hat. And George says, ‘I didn’t make that hat in purple.’ So Ringo tells him that I made it for him and he goes, ‘That bastard, he stole my design.’ And Ringo says, ‘Well, George, it is 5,000 years old.’ So it wasn’t a real ‘bastard’ – more tongue in cheek.
—  Mark Hudson, The Gibson Interview, 26 July 2010
The Inner Light
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The Inner Light - The Beatles ripped from vinyl

The Inner Light" is a song written by George Harrison that was first released by the Beatles as a B-side to "Lady Madonna". It was the first Harrison composition to be featured on a Beatles single. The lyrics are a rendering of the 47th chapter (sometimes titled "Viewing the Distant" in translations) of the Taoist Tao Te Ching. The song is also available on the Beatles’ compilation albums Por Siempre Beatles; Rarities: Past Masters, Volume Two; and Mono Masters (the companion edition to Past Masters), the latter CD available only on The Beatles in Mono box set.

The song features lead vocals from Harrison and brief backing vocals from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The instrumental track was recorded in Mumbai, India during the sessions for Harrison’s Wonderwall Music (a soundtrack album), during January 1968.

Scan - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar… presumably June 1966 (perhaps 1 June, when George attended a performance by Ravi at the Royal Albert Hall, or when they met at a friend’s house in London one evening?)

"I felt strongly that there was a beautiful soul in him, and recognised one quality which I always have valued enormously and which is considered the principal one in our culture - humility. Considering that he was so famous - part of the most popular group in the world ever! - he was nevertheless quite humble, with a childlike quality which he has retained to this day." - Ravi Shankar on George Harrison, Raga Mala

"Ravi was very friendly and easy to communicate with. By this time The Beatles had met so many people - prime minsters, celebrities, royalty - but I got to a point where I thought, ‘I’d like to meet somebody who could really impress me.’ And that was when I met Ravi. He was the first person who impressed me in a way that was beyond just being a famous celebrity. Ravi was my link into the Vedic world. Ravi plugged me into the whole of reality. I mean, I met Elvis - Elvis impressed me when I was a kid, and impressed me when I met him because of the buzz of meeting Elvis - but you couldn’t later on go round to him and ask, ‘Elvis, what’s happening in the universe?’

Ravi came to my house in Esher, and then he had arranged that we should sit in the afternoon for an hour or two, and he showed me how to get started on the sitar. After that he’d arranged for Alla Rakha to come, and they were going to give a little concert, so John and Ringo came, and they played for us for an hour and a half. It was really nice.

The moment we started, the feelings I got were of his patience, compassion and humility. The fact that he could do one of his five-hour concerts, but at the same time he could sit down and teach somebody from scratch the very basics: how to hold the sitar, how to sit in the correct position, how to wear the pick on your finger, how to begin playing. We did that and he started me going on the scales. And he enjoyed it - he wasn’t grudging at all, and he wasn’t flash about it either.

One thing he said was, ‘Do you read music?’ I said ‘no’, and my heart sank - I thought, ‘I probably don’t even deserve to waste his time.’ But he said, ‘Good - it will only confuse you anyway.’

It was at that meeting that we arranged for me to go to India, at the next convenient break we both had, to start really learning - and also to enjoy India itself, to experience it. On the way back from The Beatles’ tour in the Philippines in July I stopped in Delhi and bought a good sitar from Rikhi Ram, and it happened that I got a break after we finished our last tour of America, so I went back and stayed in Bombay, and had about a six-week trip in India.” - George Harrison, Raga Mala

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