Scan - George Harrison and Jim Keltner in the studio, 1990; scanned from Living in the Material World
Photo courtesy of Alan Rogan
"It just hurts so bad to know that he’s not going to be coming around anymore and calling. I want to hear that beautiful, soft accent. Forget his singing, I mean, I used to just love to just listen to him talk. And all the funny stories about him recently about being the quiet Beatle - he was the most talkative person I know. He didn’t stop talking.
But the thing that was beautiful about George was that he always had something to say. I used to see people get their feelings hurt being around him. It was almost as if couldn’t not tell the truth.
[…] With George there was a closeness, like really, truly a brother. I mean, that’s such a cliché.
[…] To me he was just George. He was just George, my beautiful, beautiful friend […]” - Jim Keltner, Rolling Stone, 17 January 2002
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“The Concert for George was a very palpable demonstration of the affection he inspired among his friends, but naturally little of what he did to inspire such devotion will be told. However, one of Harrison’s oldest musical chums, drummer Jim Keltner, has offered a glimpse: ‘Now, George had this tremendous living room, which was like three stories high, with a balcony overlooking it. My bedroom was on the third floor - “the loft,” they used to call it. It was a beautiful place with a kitchen and den and everything. I used to come down in the morning and stand on this part of the balcony that extends out over the room a little bit. A few times over the years I’d snap my fingers to hear the sound, and I’d say to George, “It would be great to have the drums here,” and he’d just laugh, because he had a major studio built in another part of the house; why would he want to put drums there? But when I arrived for this recording, I walked in and the drums were set up right in that space. I was so knocked out. He did that for me.’” - While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison by Simon Leng