George, oh George. He was one of the nicest and most certainly one of the funniest people I have met in this business. He had his moments, we all do, but to portray him as sour or negative or untalented as some have is so far from anything that I ever saw during my time with him, both with The Beatles and afterwards. The other Beatles were funny, but I have to say that he most certainly was the funniest. He was the one who told George (Martin) that he didn’t like his tie, and it just continued from there.
I think that George grew tired of the fame and adulation faster than the others. He was always kind and polite to people, but did his best to downplay who he was as much as possible. An example of this came one day when he and I stopped off to get a bite to eat during the installation of his studio at his Friar Park estate. A woman came up to him at the table and started with ‘You’re him, aren’t you?’ ‘I’m who?’ George replied. ‘Him!’ she said. ‘Who’s him?’ George countered. ‘You are. You’re him.’
Time plays tricks with regard to how long an actual event goes on, but it seemed to me that this continued for ages and not once did George back down. It became quite obvious that she recognised the face but couldn’t put a name to it, but Mr. H. sure as hell wasn’t going to help her.
I liked how he started to deal with that type of situation later in life. When someone would come up to him and say, ‘Aren’t you George Harrison?’ he would come back with ‘You know, I’ve been told I look like him by other people but I don’t see it. I think I’m much better looking, don’t you?’ Very rarely did anyone pursue it further.
Ken Scott on George Harrison, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust
Screen caps of George Harrison, with George Martin and Ken Scott in the control room, during a Beatles recording session (for “Hey Jude”) at Abbey Road’s Studio Two, 30 July 1968.
During this session, The Beatles were filmed for a documentary, entitled Music!, being made by the National Music Council of Great Britain, as referenced in The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions. (The above images are screen capped from the following videos available on YouTube: x and xx.)
“…It doesn’t go like that, it goes like that, but it goes like that and it goes through everything, and it can be - you know what I mean? Just one bit of music can be pop, jazz, classic, or whatever you’d wanna do to it.” - George Harrison