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Carol Kaye - possibly the most impressive resumé ever. 

This lady has worked along with such a big list of musicians, that I’ll list a few names just to give you an impression on how awesome she is .

Associated with : The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, Simon & Garfunkel, The Monkees and many others.

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Some of Cathy Sarver’s photographs of George Harrison, and parts of the note George wrote to Cathy, Carol and Lucy after All Things Must Pass was completed, screen capped from the documentary Beatles Stories: A Fab Four Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip.

“An Apple Scruff was a Beatle fan that came to Apple every day Monday through Friday. Everybody knows the name of their business was Apple, and we hung out on the front steps of their building, waiting for them to arrive. And then once they’d arrived, we were waiting for them to leave.When George finished the song ‘Apple Scruffs’, he asked us to all come in. And of course, we were dumbfounded because we were never asked to come in. We’re all sitting in there and they turn on the song ‘Apple Scruffs’. ‘Apple Scruffs, how I love you.’ It was amazing. We were all in a little huddle around him. He handed us this letter.

[reading in full] ‘Dear Carol, Cathy and Lucy. Now as it’s finished - and off to the factory. I thought I’d tell you that I haven’t a clue whether it’s good or bad as I’ve heard it too much now! During the making of this epic album (most expensive album EMI ever had to pay for) I have felt positive and negative - pleased and displeased, and all the other opposites expected to be found in this material world. However, the one thing that didn’t waver, seems to me, to be ‘you three’ and Mal, always there as my sole supporters, and even during my worst moments I always felt the encouragement from you was sufficient to make me finish the thing. Thanks a lot, I am really overwhelmed by your apparent undying love, and I don’t understand it at all! Love from George (P.S. Don’t hold this evidence against me.) P.P.S. Phil Spector loves you too!

He was a sweet man.” - Cathy Sarver, Beatles Stories: A Fab Four Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip [x]

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George (1970) Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives

‘I had really never met anyone quite like George before; he didn’t seem to be on some huge ego trip like other artists I had met over the years. His aura was calm, and his being exuded a subtle spiritual magnetism. Yet, at the same time, he was someone who was very focused in the here and now.

While we were recording the song, George played his guitar and sang along as a guide to give the other musicians a feel for the different parts of the track, along with the dynamics. After several takes, we all went into the control room to hear what we had done. George listened intently and made his comments to Phil and the rest of us, and we returned to the studio for more takes until he was satisfied. I could immediately tell that he liked simplicity in his backing tracks to allow the song to shine through without competing with the music of the track.,

I was quickly disarmed by George’s simplicity and kindness. Eastern philosophy teaches that we frequently are drawn into circumstances where we will meet our close friends from previous lives so that the relationship can progress. The soul immediately recognizes that person and the relationship picks up from where we left off at the time we were separated by death. Friendship is the highest expression of love, whether it is expressed between husband and wife or guru and disciple, and mutual love for God is one of the highest forms of friendship. It is natural and created without our willing it so and without compulsion. It is perfected over many incarnations until it is transformed into pure divine love in its highest expression.

With George I had that intuitive feeling of recognition initially, and years later when I became steadfast on my spiritual path, I realized I must have known him before and that he was the instrument God had chosen to introduce me to my spiritual path and guru.At the end of the day, when we got the take both George and Phil liked, I walked up to George and thanked him for giving me the opportunity to play on his album. “You did well. Come on back tomorrow around noon and you can play on another track.” - Gary Wright in an excerpt from 'Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison’

I love how your eyes close
Whenever you kiss me
And when I’m away from you
I love how you miss me
I love the way your kiss is always heavenly
But darling most of all
I love how you love me

I love how your heart beats
Whenever I hold you
I love how you think of me
Without being told to
I love the way your touch is always tenderly
But darling most of all
I love how you love me

I love how your eyes close
Each time that you kiss me
And when I’m away from you
I love how you miss me
I love the way your kiss is always heavenly
But darling most of all
I love how you love me

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From the moment she first met Ronnie Bennett, LaLa Brooks had noted her sexual precocity, her seductive, come-hither manner.

“I can see her now with her minidress, her hair up, and a drink in her hand…woo! She look grown! Ronnie was just down-to-earth, sleazy—but on a nice level. She would say "Girl, how the fuck are you?’ Ha, ha, ha ‘Girl you are so fucking pretty…’ That was how she spoke. She was always open and she was always a good hearted person from the day I met her.

We’d be in the studio, and she’d have these nice, sexy little outfits on— I think all the musicians would be thinking, Voom, Voom Voom! She carried herself sexy with everyone in the studio so you wouldn’t think of her as just Phil’s—even though she was.” - Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector
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