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George Harrison

Photo: Mike McCartney

“When we lived in 12 Ardwick Road I vaguely remember a lad who lived in Upton Green, a couple of roads away from us.
The next time I saw the same lad was in and around the ‘Inny’, but as he was a year ahead of me, he was immediately classified as one of the ‘big lads’ and therefore unapproachable.
He was obviously one of those working class rebel chaps and toward the end of our school days together he got more and more outrageous. The compulsory school uniform was outvoted by his extrovert dress sense and his hair was the longest anyone could possibly get away with in the Inny, all ‘Tony Curtis’d back’, with a school cap perched on the top rear like a rabbi’s skull cap.
When his guitar playing affinity with Paul was established in the end of term skewl koncerts, he’d visit our new Forthlin home and we solely became friendly.
His dress by this time was even more interesting… full length, skin-tight drainies down to his bright fluorescent socks, even brighter lime (Upton) green waistcoat under his blazer which he would flash at me in the school corridors (followed by a wink). He had the first blue suede, winkle picker shoes which together with incessant chewing of gum all became his trade marks.
My Sweet Lord knows who he was, but his Mum must have loved him.”
- Mike McCartney, Thank U Very Much: Mike McCartney’s Family Album

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Previously unseen photos of Paul and Linda at Mike McCartney’s wedding to Rowena Horne, at St Barnabas Church, Penny Lane, Liverpool in 1981.

These pictures are from Debbie Greenberg, whose family owned the Cavern Club in the late 60s. Debbie and her husband, Nigel Greenberg are pictured in the last photo with Paul and Linda. The photos are from Debbie’s new book, The Cavern Club: The Inside Story. 

“My husband Nigel bumped into Mike McCartney on the train and he asked if he knew anyone who could take a video at his wedding and Nigel offered.”
[Debbie Greenberg, Daily Mail, 23rd Nov 2016]

Pics: Debbie Greenberg / Tracks Ltd / BAV media. 

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The Quarrymen ca. 1958 at the home of Paul’s aunt, Aunty Gin during the wedding reception for her son, Ian Photo Credit: Mike McCartney I Below: also ca. 1958 John, Paul & George play at the wedding reception of George’s brother, Harry to Irene. held in Speke, Liverpool 

“He was a bit younger than the rest of us, But he was a great guy — would just do anything for you.” - Colin Hanton

Scan - George Harrison with the second car he bought, somewhere in Liverpool

Photo: Mike McCartney

Mike recalls:

“Not long after he bought the Ford, George could afford to trade it for a flash Jaguar. It was the first time I’d ever been in a car where you just pressed a button and the window wound up and down by magic. When he knocked on our Allerton front door demanding photos of his latest acquisition, I protested - ‘But George, it’s getting dark.’
‘Bring your flash,’ came the reply.
'And it’s raining!’ I added.
'Bring your umbrella,’ he finalized.”

Scan - Ringo Starr and George Harrison, not too long after Ringo had joined the band

Photo: Mike McCartney

“We were kids and when we were playing he was the baby. We bumped into each other in Liverpool but we really became friends in Germany. They were my favourite group even then. Late at night when the medication had kicked in I’d sit there requesting songs, hanging out with them in those Hamburg clubs. That’s how we got to know each other, and when the drummer they had couldn’t make the gig, Brian [Epstein] asked me to play, and play again, and then he asked me to join. But George was the main instigator of that because he and I were friends. In The Beatles we would only ever have two hotel rooms and he and I always shared but then he would be backing off so I had to hang out with the other two a bit more at first.” - Ringo Starr, Concert for George microsite

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The Beatles rehearsing at The Cavern on 22nd August, 1962 - Part Two.

“There were quite a few drummers around Liverpool and I used to go home and tell Paul about Ringo. I often saw him play with Rory Storm. …With Rory he was a very inventive drummer. He goes around the drums like crazy. He doesn’t just hit them – he invents sounds.”

[Mike McCartney, 1983]

These photos are the first photos of the final Beatles line up, Ringo having joined the band officially only a few days earlier. 

Photos: Bill Connell & Les Chadwick (most, if not all, probably). 

(Part One here). 

Scan - George Harrison at the Cavern Club, Liverpool

Photo: Mike McCartney

“I believe I love my guitar more than the others love theirs. For John and Paul, songwriting is pretty important and guitar playing is a means to an end. While they’re making up new tunes I can thoroughly enjoy myself just doodling around with a guitar for a whole evening. I’m fascinated by new sounds I can get from different instruments I try out. I’m not sure that makes me particularly musical. Just call me a guitar fanatic instead, and I’ll be satisfied.” - George Harrison

Scan - “George in the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, when the group was warm-up band for Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. George was going past their dressing room and saw Joe’s guitar. He shouted at me to take a quick photo of him with it, while Joe was in the toilet. Joe didn’t know anything about this photo, but years later Paul told me it was one of George’s favorites; by then George and Joe Brown were big mates.” - Mike McCartney, Remember

Photo: Mike McCartney

Scan - Paul McCartney

Photo: Mike McCartney

“While he was in Hamburg, Our Kid sent a letter saying, ‘I’ve bought you a Rollei Magic camera, the same as Astrid’s. You can ENLARGE the photos and the subject looks Fab Gear.’ (So that’s who started it all!) That’s why he bought me the camera - so I could make him look great. But I wasn’t complaining. I got a 'professional’ camera out of it. In the books, it said you should never take a photograph into bright sunlight. Every now and then I break the rules. This is one of them. I thought, 'Sod it! If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter.’ But it did work, and produced a very interesting image.” - Mike McCartney

Scan - George Harrison, backstage at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton; scanned from Remember.

Photo: Mike McCartney

“George in the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, when the group was warm-up band for Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. George was going past their dressing room and saw Joe’s guitar. He shouted at me to take a quick photo of him with it, while Joe was in the toilet. Joe didn’t know anything about this photo, but years later Paul told me it was one of George’s favorites; by then George and Joe Brown were big mates.” - Mike McCartney

“The thing was, I had a great guitar, you know. I managed to get hold of a Gibson guitar, and the story has it that he picked it up and had his picture taken with it while I was in the toilet, cos he didn’t think I would let him touch it. [laughs] He’s right, I wouldn’t have done. [laughs]” - Joe Brown, Concert for George bonus features

Scan - Paul McCartney and John Lennon composing “I Saw Her Standing There” at 20 Forthlin Road, the McCartney’s Liverpool home, photographed by Mike McCartney; scanned from Remember.

“Paul and I saw eye to eye musically a lot in the old days. Geminis and Libras are supposed to get on well together, according to the astrologers’ theories. And I suppose we worked well together because we both liked the same music.” - John Lennon, The Beatles Anthology