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George Harrison: Hamburg, 1961, and London, 1986; Hamburg, 1961, and Friar Park, 2000.

Photo 1: Jürgen Vollmer

“It doesn’t take long to being from 17 to being 57. Forty years just goes like that. You know? Now I understand about 90 year old people who feel like teenagers, you know. ‘Cause nothing changes. It’s just the body that changes. The soul in the body is there at birth and is there at death. And the only thing that’s changed is the bodily condition.” - George Harrison, 2000

George Harrison aboard an Alster ferry, Hamburg, April 1961

Photo: Jürgen Vollmer

“[P]rinted later, the black and white contact sheet with twelve photographs of George seated and standing in a ferry, taken by Jurgen [sic] Vollmer, Pauline Sutcliffe’s personal copy.” - Auctioned by Bonhams on 29 July 2003

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“He was such a sweet and charming little boy. But he also had this melancholy feeling that I identified with. I didn’t have much contact with Paul, and I was always a little afraid of John because he could be arrogant and overly ironic. But George didn’t have a mean streak in him.” - Jürgen Vollmer, Harrison

George Harrison, Alsteranleger Winterhuder Fährhaus, Hamburg, 1961

Photo: Jürgen Vollmer

“All the pre-fame Beatles - [John, Paul] George and Ringo, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best - wore the Teddy boy style. […] In fact, out of all The Beatles’ relatives it was George’s mother [Louise] who emerges as the most liberal. She told Hunter Davies, ‘It’s his own hair, I used to say. Why should anyone tell you what to do with what’s your own?’ Other mothers were not so understanding. After a night at the Cavern, Billy Hatton would take George back to his house for late night refreshments. ‘My mum used to look at him,’ he recalls, ‘because his hair was fairly long - not as long as it became - and I knew what she was thinking, which was, I’ll be counting the spoons when he’s gone.’” - Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion by Paolo Hewitt

Q: “What kind of kid was George?”
Paul McCartney: “He was cocky, a cocky little guy. He had a good sense of himself, you know, he wasn’t cowed by anything. He had a great haircut. He had this long hair that he quiffed back. We had a, a friend, Arthur. And he used to describe it as, ‘a fuckin’ turban. Like a fuckin’ turban.’ And it did. It looked like a great, big marvelous thing.” - Living in the Material World

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Scans - George Harrison aboard an Alster ferry, Hamburg, April 1961 (previously posted at thateventuality as part of a more comprehensive set of scans here).

Photo: Jürgen Vollmer

“I loved George - you could always tell from his face there was nothing false about him. He didn’t have people on like John did and he didn’t show off like Paul, though Paul was always kind to me. George didn’t speak much at all but he said wise things, like, ‘Tony [Sheridan] doesn’t look after Rosi very well.’” - Rosi Heitmann, The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Volume One: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

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George Harrison, Top Ten, Hamburg, 1961, photographed by Jürgen Vollmer; Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in Paris,  15 January 1964, photo via CBS.

The following is translated from Jürgen’s book, published in Germany in 2013:

“[In 1964] George had called me. The Beatles and their entourage were residing in the elegant George V. Just the thought of George’s idea of going to meet them at the hotel and then accompanying them to the Olympia made me feel uneasy. Instead, I had suggested meeting them at the theater, hoping that my inhibitions wouldn’t be noticed amid the general hustle and bustle there.

Okay, sensitive George had said, he would give the necessary instructions so that I would be let through to their dressing room from the stage door.

In front of the Olympia and on the side streets, I was greeted by a sight I had never encountered before, of hundreds of loud girls and boys who were apparently trying to catch a glimpse of their idols even though they did not have tickets, while repeatedly screaming out the names of the four Beatles.

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Celebrating an extraordinary, complex, irreplaceable soul, on his birthday and every day.

♥ Happy Birthday, dear George… You are loved and missed… ♥

Thinking of George with much love and gratitude; and thinking of Olivia and Dhani also. The world was blessed to know George, and to be privy to his exceptional talent and kindness. Infinite gratitude to George for so much more than words can begin to say. Today, and each day, his music will be playing, brightening and enlightening the world in that way only he could.
Undoutedly, there will always be a space in many hearts for George.

Scan - George Harrison at the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, 1961

Photo: Juergen Vollmer

“The youngest band member was George Harrison. […] When George strummed his guitar, he looked alternately defiant and doleful.” - Juergen Vollmer, Wie ich John Lennon die Haare schnitt, vor Romy Schneider davonlief und Catherine Deneuve zum Lachen brachte

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George Harrison on an Alster ferry, Hamburg, 1961 (Contact sheet images courtesy of Beatle Source)

Photos: Jürgen Vollmer

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“[George Harrison was] sensitive [and] empathetic.” - Jürgen Vollmer, Wie ich John Lennon die Haare schnitt, vor Romy Schneider davonlief und Catherine Deneuve zum Lachen brachte

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Scans - George Harrison, through the years 

Photos 1 & 4: Jürgen Vollmer; Olivia Harrison

“The only thing we really have to work at in this life is how to manifest love.” - George Harrison, I Me Mine

“I think people who truly can live a life in music are telling the world, ‘You can have my love, you can have my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don’t need them. Just take the music, the goodness, because it’s the very best, and it’s the part I give most willingly.” - George Harrison, Musician, November 1987

Celebrating the remarkable and sorely missed George Harrison - on his birthday, and every day… No words could ever adequately convey how much he and his music mean, how much he brightened - brightens - this world, nor the amount of gratitude for all he continues to give through his extraordinary music and personality. Happy Birthday - with inexpressible thanks and love. ♥ ♥

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George Harrison, Winterhuder Fährhaus, Hamburg, 1961 (Contact sheet images found via Beatle Source)

Photos: Jürgen Vollmer

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“Georgie, as we called him then.” - Jürgen Vollmer, Wie ich John Lennon die Haare Schnitt, vor Romy Schneider davonlief and Catherine Deneuve zum Lachen brachte

Photographers about George, pt. 2

Juergen Vollmer:
“He was such a sweet and charming little boy. But he also had this melancholy feeling that I identified with. I didn’t have much contact with Paul, and I was always a little afraid of John because he could be arrogant and overly ironic. But George didn’t have a mean streak in him.” (Harrison)