olivia appreciation

George Harrison, photographed for Cloud Nine in 1987 by Gered Mankowitz; via Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

George’s nicknames appreciation post, prompted by a previous ask:

  • Hazza (In 1958, when John, Paul and George hung out together very frequently and had nicknames for each other: Lennie, Macca and Hazza, as Mark Lewisohn states in All These Years: here)
  • Hari
  • Georgie [x] (The other three Beatles can be heard calling him that in interviews [for instance, x], Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voormann and Jürgen Vollmer refer to it, and Paul as relatively recently as 2005 [x]. George also signed at least one letter to Astrid that way [x]; and it’s also what Ken Mansfield recalls as George’s telegram code name [the other three are Jock, Porgie and Richie, as he remembers, x!])
  • Carl Harrison (Well, not a nickname per se, but George’s chosen stage name for the May 1960 Johnny Gentle tour of Scotland)
  • Geo, a nickname used by his mother Louise (Recalled by Arthur Kelly, in The Beatles - All These Years: Tune In’s extended version… pronounced “Joe.”)
  • The Beautiful One (What the Hamburg exis nicknamed George in 1960, x)
  • George Gretsch, as fans took to calling him after he’d purchased his beloved second-hand Gretsch Duo Jet in 1961 [x]
  • According to the New York Post’s 20 September 1964 issue, he was “called ‘The Bloody Sphinx’ by John Lennon and 'The Great Stone Face’ by Ringo Starr.” [x]
  • When George, Pattie, John and Cyn went on their May 1964 vacation to Tahiti, etc., code names were created for them, as Brian Epstein recounted in A Cellarful of Noise; George’s was Mr. Hargreaves (as in, his father, Harold Hargreaves Harrison).
  • Jack Lumber (George’s clearly Monty Python fanatic pseudonym for “hotels, security (and guitar picks),” as Eric Idle recalls x; when traveling with Olivia in the 1970’s and 1980’s, it was often as “Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lumber”.)
  • “[My] ‘L’Angelo Mysterioso’ credit [for playing on the co-written ‘Badge’] must have been thought up by Eric [Clapton]. I just saw it on the back of the album when it came! In those days, of course, if you played on anybody else’s album or even one track, EMI used to get funny about it, thinking, ‘Oh, the fabulous Beatles publishing catalogue,’ and try claiming royalties on it. So if we did that we always had to make up names. Ravi Shankar used to put on ’Hari Georgeson’ or ’Jai Raj Harisein.’ John [Lennon] preferred ‘George Harrisong.’” - George, Musician, November 1987
  • “[M]y Indian name for him was ’Jáyaraj.’” - Ravi Shankar, Concert for George, 29 November 2002
  • Arthur Wax, George O’Hara, George O’Hara-Smith, Onothimagen, P. Roducer, Nelson Wilbury, Spike Wilbury…for album credits, and in the case of Ohnothimagen, album promo.
  • When George, Olivia and Dhani stayed one night at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, on 28 October 1982, they had reservations under the name ‘Mr and Mrs Tannerhill’ (according to The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001).
  • “[In Hawaii, George was known to locals] “simply as Keoki.” [x]… it’s also one of Dhani’s tattoos: xx.
  • On 14 December 1984, George appeared on stage as a surprise guest with Deep Purple in Sydney, introduced as ‘Arnold Grove from Liverpool’ (a pseudonym he also used for hotels; as well as Rick Veda).
  • Once more for guitar picks, Sir Edmund Wilbury and Nakihama Wilbury (the latter during the 1991 Japan tour) [x]
  • While undergoing cancer treatment Stateside, George apparently checked in under the alias Jorge Arias, a nickname he also used on other occasions (x).

thank you

thank you
for being my rock
for holding my hands
for telling me it’ll be okay
for late night conversations
for not being afraid to be weird
for binge watching parks and rec
for singing stuff that’s too high
for trying to make me laugh
for extremely long hugs
for cuddling with me
for really corny puns
for listening to me
for making sure i’m okay
for telling me you love me
for your wonderful smile
for your really cute laugh
for your dry sense of humor
for wanting to be around me
for having such a big heart
for encouraging me
for always believing in me
for letting me be stubborn
for texting me when you’re tired
for driving me around
for helping me get out of that dark place
for being my inspiration
for being my hero
for bringing me so much happiness.

thank you
for being you,
the best boyfriend in the world.

i love you.

(o.m.)

—  a poem i wrote for my boyfriend || spilled thoughts #28
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George Harrison and tea appreciation post

Photos: Harry Benson, The Beatles Book, Keystone-France, David Hurn, New York Daily News Archive, Alamy, Bill Zygmant, Don McCullin; screen caps from The Beatles Antholog, Living in the Material World

Q) Do you like tea?
A) “Of course! Doesn’t everybody?” - George Teen Screen Magazine, 1964 [x]

“I don’t think I can make it unless I have a cup of tea.” - George Harrison during the “Paperback Writer” recording session, KRLA Beat, 16 July 1966 [x]

“Well they give you lukewarm water and a crummy looking tea bag. And you know, you’ve got to try to make that into a cup of tea.” - George Harrison in response to a reporter asking how he drinks his tea, Boston, 12 September 1964 [x]

“When we were on the houseboat in Kashmir [in 1966], owned by a little old guy with a white beard called Mr Butt, it was really cold in the night because it was on a lake right up in the Himalayas. Mr Butt would wake us up early in the morning and give us tea and biscuits and I’d sit in bed with my scarf and pullover on, listening to Ravi, who would be in the next room doing his sitar practice - that was such a privileged position to be in.” - George Harrison, Raga Mala [x]

“I remember one time, at an airport, I was starting to worry whether we would get to the gate on time but George just smiled and said he wanted a cup of tea.
‘OK,’ I fretted, ‘but I don’t think we have time.’
'There’s always time for a cup of tea,’ he said.” - Sir Jackie Stewart, Winning Is Not Enough [x]

“[George] came to Hamburg to see a concert [Tom Petty in 1992] and he wanted to take me there but I couldn’t because I had the flu. So he came to my house and made me some tea. We just had a long talk and then he had to go.” - Astrid Kirchherr in an interview with Ken Sharp [x]

“I have one [a guitar] where it has a cupboard in the back with my sandwiches and tea.” - George Harrison joking in a Japanese interview, 1991 [x]

“To wake up at Friar Park to a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake, to play with George, was magic.” - Jim Keltner, Mojo, November 2014 [x]

“[Ronnie Lobo] remembered the time when George Harrison, the lead guitarist of The Beatles, asked for a pot of tea and Shalimar biscuits. Lobo sent his staff all over Khan Market looking for Shalimar biscuits, but they couldn’t find the brand. With much anxiety, Lobo called up Harrison and asked where he had seen the biscuits, and he was informed that the ex-Beatle had seen it on a neon sign atop the ‘mosque on the sea’ (Haji Ali) in Mumbai. Harrison had no option but to have other biscuits with his tea.” - Indian Restaurant Spy, 27 April 2015 [x]

”[George] Harrison maintained the smallest staff of the three [McCartney, Ono and Harrison], centering his business interests around a handful of trusted aides. ‘He’s charming to the people who work for him,’ one revealed. 'He’ll bring you a cup of tea, and talk to you rather than shout at you.’" - You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett [x]

“All senses were satisfied as incense blew in the morning breeze, mingling with the steam from hot cups of tea.” - Olivia Harrison, “A Few Words About George,” Harrison [x]

“Show me that I’m everywhere, and get me home for tea.” - “It’s All Too Much” (Harrison)

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Olivia and Dhani Harrison backstage at The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, on the occasion of George Fest, 28 September 2014; and accepting the inaugural Global Citizen George Harrison Award on George’s behalf, 22 September 2016.  Photo 1 & 2 © Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images, photo 3 © Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images.

Just taking a moment to express sincerest gratitude to these two amazing people for the incredible, loving way they look after George’s legacy… and likewise, massive respect for the wonderful, giving, caring individuals they are. May life bring them only the very best, always.

George Harrison and embraces:

“George [Harrison] was the kind of guy who wasn’t going to leave until he hugged you for five minutes and told you how much he loved you.” - Tom Petty, Rolling Stone, 17 January 2002 [x]