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Carmen Got Expelled!

Created by Jorge R. Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua

Disney Television Animation, 2010

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George Harrison, late 1970′s or early 1980′s, presumably. Photos © Roger Karnbad/ZUMA Wire/Alamy 

Karnbad is an L.A. based photographer, so that at least narrows it down to the Los Angeles area… but as for any backstory to these images, I haven’t found any information yet. In keeping with the L.A. theme, though:

“The news of [George] Harrison’s death came as quite a shock to those here [in Hawthorne] who refer to the so-called quiet Beatle by his first name.

‘I heard reports he was ill and I’d ask Lou [Olivia’s mother, Mary Louise Arias] about it,’ [Charles] Mercurio [nextdoor neighbor of the Arias family] said. ‘She’d say “I just talked to him and he was fine.” So I assumed the reports were phony.’

While the Harrisons’ son Dhani, now 23, was growing up, the family’s visits to the neighborhood were less rare. George and his son made the rounds for Halloween in the late ‘80s and celebrated the Arias’ 50th anniversary in the '90s. That was the only time Mercurio met George.” - Daily Breeze, c. December 2001

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“[Olivia Harrison] 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.” - “Here now, she lives for George” by Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 9 March 2005

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“It was a warm fall evening in 1997, and on the patio of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, mariachi trumpets were blasting. The occasion was a family reunion, and it was in all ways a typical Mexican fiesta - except for the presence of a handful of guests who stood out among the Old World elders and Mexican American kids. Huddled together at a table were George Harrison and some of his friends, including Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner.

But the rock 'n’ roll royalty was not the center of attention that evening. Harrison’s in-laws, Maria Louise and Esiquiel Arias, as matriarch and patriarch, had the spotlight. Harrison was there because of their daughter, Olivia Arias, whom he’d married in 1978, thereby gaining a huge Mexican American extended family in Los Angeles.

[…] Harrison met his future wife at A&M Records in Hollywood, where she worked, while he was in the U.S. promoting an upcoming tour with Shankar. On the surface, they made a strange pair, but their relationship made sense. The working-class Arias family are a sort-of American version of those famously working-class people of Liverpool. Harrison, the son of a bus driver, grew up in an English version of East L.A.

On the night I met George and Olivia at the Wilshire Ebell, the live music was performed by one of the world’s great mariachi bands, Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

Later, Harrison talked to me with great enthusiasm about Jorge Negrete, one of the great crooners from the golden era of mariachi music. He said that he wanted to use an image from an old Negrete album on the cover of one of his own future projects.

[…] By all accounts, Harrison was no mere cultural tourist - his spiritual border-crossing was a lifelong commitment. And he backed it up with actions, like the Concert for Bangladesh, widely credited as the birth of rock philanthropy.

Harrison crossed borders with gusto. And so it was altogether fitting that Harrison, on a mission promoting the music of Shankar, arrived at A&M Studios in Hollywood and met the striking Olivia Arias. From Liverpool to Hawthorne, via India. In his art and life, Harrison blended his disparate worlds seamlessly, and by doing so helped make the world a smaller, more loving place. Descanse en paz, Jorge.” - “Beatle Without Borders” by Ruben Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 9 December 2001

On the subject of mariachi bands: the Spanish version of “Dark Sweet Lady,” commissioned by George in 1998.