ex beatles

That afternoon. The Rolling Stones’ manager, ex-Beatles publicist Andrew Oldham, was walking down Jermyn Street when a taxi pulled up beside him, waiting for traffic lights. The window rolled down and a Liverpudlian voice said, “Get in, Andy”. It had been only a few months since he had stopped working as The Beatles’ press agent.

In the cab were John and Paul, returning to their hotel after lunch. Knowing that The Beatles liked The Rolling Stones, Andrew told them that he was looking for songs for them to record. John and Paul immediately suggested that he might like to hear one they had just written, called ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, which they thought might be suitable.

Andrew was on his way to meet the Stones at Ken Colyer’s Studio 51 in Great Newport Street, Soho, and John and Paul said they would join him. At the club they borrowed a couple of guitars from Brian and Keith and launched into the number. There was only one problem: the song didn’t have a middle eight.

After a quick conference John and Paul told them that if they really liked the song, they would finish it off for them. They disappeared into a side room and reappeared a few minutes later. “Forget something?” asked Bill Wyman.

“No,” said Paul. “We’ve just finished the middle eight. How does this sound?”

It became the Rolling Stones’ first Top 20 hit.


George Harrison and Olivia Trinidad Arias waiting for the Dark Horse Tour band to clear customs, 2 November 1974, as included in the Living in the Material World book

Photo: Henry Grossman

“I fell for her immediately. She is a very calming influence. She has been very supportive and we are blissfully happy together. I told her I didn’t want her doing all that typing. We started going with each other, and four years later we married.” - George Harrison [x]

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“Before she became Olivia Harrison in 1978, she was Olivia Trinidad Arias, an Angeleno whose grandparents immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico.
She grew up in Hawthorne, hometown of the Beach Boys, which turned out to be a major point of interest for George when she gave him a tour of her old neighborhood.
She was working at A&M Records, which distributed Dark Horse releases at the time, and started chatting with Harrison when he’d call about business.
They found they had musical and philosophical interests in common and soon began seeing each other regularly. ‘I was from outside of his world,’ she says. 'I was shelter from the storm. I was simple, and he needed some simplicity at that point.’
She says she never really stopped to think about the implications of getting involved with a musician, much less an ex-Beatle. 'You can’t really think about it that way, otherwise you’re just playacting.’
How will she cope when all the projects are completed? Is she simply postponing the feelings of loss with all the activity?
Those are questions she doesn’t worry about, and she knows what George would have said on the subject.
‘One of his favorite things to say was, “Be here now,”’ she says. His song by that title, from his 1973 album 'Living in the Material World,’ remains one of her favorites, and it’s one she plays any time she feels in need of a booster shot of moral support.
'Sometimes he and Dhani would be talking and Dhani would ask, “Well what if this happens?” or “What if that happens?”’ she says. 'George would say, “Be here now. Be here now.”'” - “Here now, she lives for George” by Randy Newman, Los Angeles Times, 9 March 2005 [x]

I’m looking through you, where did you go?
I thought I knew you, what did I know?
You don’t look different, but you have changed
I’m looking through you, you’re not the same

I’m Looking Through You (The Beatles)

dreams on ice 2017 program list


first half

  • shun sato - new york, new york (new sp)
  • rion sumiyoshi - friend like me (new ex)
  • mitsuki sumoto - les miserables (new fs)
  • fukase/tateno - senorita bonita/tequila/que rico el mambo (new sd)
  • miura/ichihashi - miss saigon (new sp)
  • yuna shiraiwa - if my friends could see me now (new ex)
  • kazuki tomono - west side story (new fs)
  • kaori sakamoto - amelie (new fs)
  • marin honda - turandot (new fs)

second half

  • hirai/de la asuncion - ex
  • takahito mura - secret dreams from beauty and the beast (new ex)
  • rika hongo - blackpink (new ex)
  • suto/boudreau-audet - beatles medley (new fs)
  • wakaba higuchi - hallelujah performed by pentatonix (new ex)
  • muramoto/reed - unsteady (new ex)
  • keiji tanaka - the prophet by gary moore (new sp)
  • maria sotskova - kalinka (new ex)
  • nathan chen - parachute (new ex)
  • mai mihara - libertango (new sp)
  • evgenia medvedeva - anna karenina (new ex)
  • shoma uno - winter by vivaldi (new sp)

“Most people’s reality is an illusion, a great big illusion. You automatically have to succumb to the illusion that ‘I am this body’. I am not George. I am not really George. I am this living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be, but at this time I happen to be in 'this’ body. The body has changed; was a baby, was a young man, will soon be an old man, and I’ll be dead. The physical body will pass but this bit in the middle, that’s the only reality. All the rest is the illusion,
so to say that somebody thinks we are, the ex-Beatles are removed from reality in their personal concept. It does not have any truth to it just because somebody thinks it. They are the concepts which become layer upon layer of illusion. Why live in the darkness all your life? Why, if you are unhappy, if you are having a miserable time, why not just look at it. Why are you in the darkness? Look for the light. The light is within. That is the big message.” - Excerpted from “I, Me Mine”


Olivia and Dhani Harrison at the launch of “I Me Mine - The Extended Edition,” Subliminal Projects, LA, 25 February 2017. Photos: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images.

The book has been expanded by nearly 200 pages and is absolutely beautiful; sincere thanks to Olivia and Dhani for making this book possible, and for all of the loving care they put into maintaining George’s legacy.

“To hear Olivia Harrison tell it, it wasn’t unusual for George Harrison to stroll through their house spouting words at random - a process that could cause an outsider to wonder whether the ex-Beatle had suddenly started speaking in tongues.

‘George would throw out words one after another,’ she said in an interview this week. ‘He knew he’d find the word. He was good at that. Sometimes he was quiet and just thought about it, sometimes he just kept writing down words that began with ‘S’ until he got the right one…. It didn’t matter what they were - he knew he would get to something.’” - Article by Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 24 February 2017

Just because it’s on my mind, I’ll just list my favorite drummers. May or may not necessarily like the band they’re from, but I admire their skill.

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Keith Moon (The Who)
Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
Roger Taylor (Queen)
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
Ray Luzier (Korn)
Neil Peart (Rush)
Vinnie Paul (ex-Pantera)
Ginger Baker (ex-Cream)
Ringo Starr (ex-The Beatles)
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
Dave Grohl (ex-Nirvana, ex-Them Crooked Vultures)
Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot, Scar the Martyr)
Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood)
David Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta, ex-Killer Be Killed)
Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age)
Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
Kevin “Drummer” McGuill (Within the Ruins)
Travis Barker (blink-182, ex-+44)
Ron Welty (The Offspring)
Jared Champion (Cage the Elephant)
Josh Dun (twenty one pilots)
Sean Stockham (Middle Class Rut)
John Dolmayan (System of a Down)
Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea)
Zyon Cavalera (Soulfly)
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, ex-The Damned Things)
Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)
Matt Halpern (Periphery)
Luke Holland (The Word Alive)
Adam Levin (X Ambassadors)
Adam Carson (AFI)
Dominic Howard (Muse)
David Antonsson (Kaleo)

The Signs- Music Taste

Aries: Upbeat, inspirational, lively music. Would probably enjoy hard rock bands but also some soft, classical music.

Ex: Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys

Taurus: Cheerful, pop music and classic rock.

Ex: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin

Gemini: A wide range of music. Old and Indie music are popular favorite’s among this sign.

Ex: The 1975, The Shins, The Neighborhood

Cancer: Soft, rhythmic music with deep and romantic meanings. They also love pop music that is happy and upbeat.

Ex: Bastille, Ed Sheeran

Leo: Hard rock, dramatic classical music or show tunes.

Ex: Pink Floyd, The Black Keys

Virgo: Calming, peaceful music. They love anything with beautiful instruments playing in the background.

Ex: Daughter, Ben Howard

Libra: Romantic melodies, folk and country music.

Ex: Jake Bugg, Passenger

Scorpio: Electronic, music with a heavy beat, or even show tunes.

Ex: David Guetta, Clean Bandit, Disclosure

Sagittarius: Moody songs and movie soundtracks are a huge favorite among this sign.

Ex: Radiohead, Elliot Smith

Capricorn: Rock and roll, jazz, traditional music.

Ex: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen

Aquarius: Indie/Alternative rock, jazz music or electronic.

Ex: The Doors, The Strokes

Pisces: Happy, upbeat music, typically by female artists.

Ex: Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles


Today in Harri History, 13 December 1974 George becomes the first ex Beatle to visit The White House at the invite of First Son, Jack Ford.

Photos: David Hume Kennerly

“Somehow they got straight into that conversation. Gerry Ford asked him what all the badges were He explained that one was Krishna, one was {Indian saint} Babaji, and another was the OM sign. Then Ford went to his desk and pulled out a badge that said WIN, which meant, “Whip Inflation Now” So funny! George wore hand made Tibetan boots, probably the first hint of any protest about Tibet. A sly political statement! - Olivia, excerpted from “George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door”, Graeme Thomson

“ Harrison later said he felt “good vibes” emanating from Capitol Hill” -excerpted from “George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door”, Graeme Thomson

“President Ford took us into this little side room where he had all this WIN paraphenalia — posters, watches, sweaters, T-shirts and it looked just like the back room at Dark Horse records, which is loaded with T-shirts and bags and towels.” - Tom Scott, interview with Larry Sloman, Rolling Stone, 30 January 1975

George Harrison, backstage at Madison Square Garden, presumably on the day of the Concert for Bangladesh, 1 August 1971; photographed by Henry Daniels for the magazine EXTRA. Photo courtesy of forgeorge.co.uk.

“In the documentary accompanying the DVD, [David Puttnam] speaks warmly of the ex-Beatle as a Sixties romantic. ‘He never gave up hoping that the dreams of the Sixties could be realised. In hindsight, I think what was so special about George is that he always believed in the power of goodness.’ Olivia seems touchingly grateful for these words. ‘It’s lovely of him to say that. It’s hard for me because George didn’t like to blow his own horn and I don’t want to do it for him. He wouldn’t like that. He was very self-deprecating. But George always wanted to make something better. He learned a lot from that concert personally, what he could achieve.’” - The Independent, 19 October 2005 [x]

Ringo Starr pushes love in new music for birthday

Ringo Starr celebrated his 77th birthday Friday with a call for more love in the world on a song from a new album that will feature Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney.

The former Beatles drummer announced that “Peace and Love,” his 19th studio album, will come out on September 15 and include collaborations with McCartney as well as other major names in rock.

Starr released a first song, “Give More Love,” a pop track whose uplifting chorus has echoes of Beatles classics but with heavier guitar.

Keeping a birthday tradition, Starr encouraged fans around the world to meet up and collectively offer a two-finger peace sign, with the ex-Beatle himself appearing in Los Angeles outside the headquarters of his label Capitol Records.

The peace motif harks back to the hippie era of the 1960s when The Beatles embraced the message of non-violence – a theme especially dear to late bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison.

McCartney is credited on two songs on “Peace and Love,” marking a reunion of all living members of history’s top-selling pop group and the pair’s first recording together since Starr’s 2010 album “Y Not.”

Starr, who recorded “Peace and Love” at his home studio in Los Angeles, first revealed the collaboration in February when he tweeted a picture of himself embracing McCartney and thanked him for coming to play bass.

Starr on “Peace and Love” also enlisted several songwriters who worked with him on his last album, 2015’s “Postcards from Paradise.”

They include Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, soft rock singer Richard Marx and Toto guitarist and prolific session musician Steve Lukather.

Starr plans eight shows in October at a Las Vegas casino followed by a short US tour.


George Harrison, Ken Scott, George Martin and Paul McCartney in the control room at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, during the “Hey Jude” recording session, 30 July 1968. More screen captures from that day have been posted previously.

“Working with George [Harrison] was always a joy.” - Ken Scott, Premier Guitar, 19 March 2010

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“[George Harrison] was so much more than The Beatles.
As a guitarist he eventually got his own unique sound when you could always tell it was him. There are very few guitarists that can say that. You can hear a blues guitarist and it could be any number of guitarists; their styles are very similar. With George, he was just completely different from anyone else.” - Ken Scott, Finding Zoso, 4 December 2012

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Ken Scott: “I learned very early on not to get star-struck. He [George Harrison] was the exception until the last day I saw him.”

Red Bull Music Academy: “Why him more than the other Beatles? It seems like he was the one you had the strongest relationship with.”

KS: “Yeah, I was the strongest with him. He was just an amazing person. There’s been so much written about him being dour and down the entire time and the quiet one. Eric Idle once said of George, that he was always quoted as being the quiet Beatle, but anyone that knew him knew that once he started there was no shutting him up. As far as being dour, he was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Just as an example, they were mixing “Yellow Submarine,” surround sound, at Abbey Road, and George and Ringo were invited to go and hear what they were doing. They’re upstairs listening, and it just so happened down in number one, the very big studio at Abbey Road, Mel Gibson was doing music for one of his movies, I think it was The Patriot at the time. And typically, with any of the Beatles, the top film stars, if it’s a Beatle they’ve got to meet them. It’s, they’re above everyone. So, Mel Gibson heard that Ringo and George were upstairs and he passed word up, could he go up and meet them. Word came back down, ‘Yeah, sure, send him up.’ So, he went upstairs and he meets Ringo first, he shakes hands and all of that, then it’s George’s turn, and George just turns and looks and he said, ‘I thought you said it was Mel Brooks.’“


"Mel Gibson’s jaw just hit the ground and George said, 'Don’t worry, I know who you are.’”


But that’s the way he was, he was an amazing individual. He could give two hoots about the business, really. He always used to get pissed off because it was always: 'George Harrison, ex-Beatle.’ And, he, ‘That was six years of my life, what about the rest of the stuff.’ He hated being that ex-Beatle being after his name all the time.“ - 2013

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“George Harrison has got a lot of, shall we say, bad press from one book [Geoff Emerick’s] and I want to dispute that. George was one of the funniest guys I ever met and I was blessed to spend a lot of time with George just before his passing, and just a quick story from that. One of the - we were putting together the remaster of All Things Must Pass, and Phil Collins, the ex-drummer of Genesis and also the lead singer, has often told this story in interviews, how he played on All Things Must Pass, he played congas on something. And no one remembers him playing on it, no one has any proof that he did it, but he has continually told this story. So whilst we’re doing the - some overdubs on additional tracks for the remaster, we have a percussionist by the name of Ray Cooper come in. And George - we’re finishing everything up and George then suddenly tells me to put up a particular track, and he says to Ray, ‘Okay, I want you to play congas on this, and I want you to play them badly. I don’t want them really badly, just off enough that it would really set someone slightly off.‘ So we recorded it, George said, ‘Okay, now do a quick rough mix of it and keep the congas up fairly loud.’ So I did that and we then made a CD of it, and George gave it to Ray and he said, ‘Next time you see Phil, give him this and tell him we finally found his congas.’ [laughter] So Ray goes, he sees Phil, he gives him this CD and apparently Phil was ecstatic: ‘Finally I’ve got the proof, I’ve got the proof!’ He takes it home, he plays it, he wants to cry. [laughter] Two weeks later, George called up and said, ‘Gotcha.’ [laughter] That was the Mr. Harrison I knew.” - Ken Scott, Beatlefest, 2013

We talked of the imminent Beatles fans’ convention in New York, for which hundreds of people are going from all over the world to a two-day festival of talks and films and selling of Beatle bits and pieces at Commodore Hotel. Do you regret being a Beatle and having to live with it forever, John?

“No, no, no,” he answered and he meant it. “I’m going to be an ex-Beatle for the rest of my life so I might as well enjoy it, and I’m just getting around to being able to stand back and see what happened. A couple of years ago I might have given everybody the impression I hate it all, but that was then. I was talking when I was straight out of therapy and I’d been mentally stripped bare and I just wanted to shoot my mouth off to clear it all away. Now it’s different.

“When I slagged off the Beatle thing in the papers, it was like divorce pangs, and me being me it was blast this and fuck that, and it was just like the old days in the Melody Maker, you know, ‘Lennon Blasts Hollies’ on the back page. You know, I’ve always had a bit of a mouth and I’ve got to live up to it. Daily Mirror: ‘Lennon beats up local DJ at Paul’s 21st birthday party’. Then we had that fight Paul and me had through the Melody Maker, but it was a period I had to go through.

“Now, we’ve all got it out and it’s cool. I can see The Beatles from a new point of view. Can’t remember much of what happened, little bits here and there, but I’ve started taking on interest in what went on while I was in that fish tank. It must have been incredible! I’m into collecting memorabilia as well. Elton [John] came in with these gifts, like stills from the Yellow Submarine drawings and they’re great. He gave me these four dolls. I thought, ‘Christ, what’s this, an ex-Beatle collecting Beatle dolls?’ But why not? It’s history, man, history!’

“I went through a phase of hating all those years and having to smile when I didn’t want to smile, but that was the life I chose and, now I’m out of it, it’s great to look back on it, man. Great! I was thinking only recently – why haven’t I ever considered the good times instead of moaning about what we had to go through? And Paul was here and we spent two or three nights together talking about the old days and it was cool, seeing what each other remembered from Hamburg and Liverpool.

“So y’see, all that happened when I blew my mouth off was that it was an abscess bursting, except that mine as usual burst in public.

“When we did a tour as The Beatles, we hated it and loved it. There were great nights and lousy nights. One of the things about therapy I went through a few years ago is that it cleans you by forcing you to get rid of the negatives in your head. It wasn’t all that pie and cookies being a Beatle, there were highs and lows, but the trouble is people just wanted bigmouth Lennon to shout about the lows. So I made a quick trip to uncover the hidden stones of my mind, and a lot of the bats flew and some of them are going to have to stay. I’ve got perspective now, that’s a fact.”

—  John Lennon, interview w/ Ray Coleman for Melody Maker: Lennon – a night in the life. (September 14th, 1974)