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George Harrison, Pattie Boyd and John Lennon at the launch party for the Apple boutique, 5 December 1967

Photos: Terry O’Neill

“Present among the many guests were Cilla Black, Pattie Boyd and two Beatles: John, in a white jacket, black polo-neck and trousers, and George, resplendent in a green striped suit (collar cut very particularly) and a green neckerchief to finish the effect off. Very Dandy.” - Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion [x]

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George Harrison being photographed (by Terry O’Neill), Friar Park, 12 December 1987; screen capped from the West 57th Street interview with George.

“I don’t like talking about myself. I’m not good at interviews, I don’t like to do them, I’m not a - you know, it’s 25 years of doing that sort of thing. I don’t feel really at ease about going out doing television and interviews and promote myself. I’m very bad at promoting myself.” - George Harrison, West 57th Street, 12 December 1987

“You know, I don’t work like business people. It’s the same with music. If I have to try and make a record that will fit in the Top Ten, then I’m wasting my time, I have to be me.” - George Harrison, West 57th Street, 12 December 1987

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]

George Harrison, 1991, photographed by Terry O’Neill

“People can sing every note he played” By Bob Geldof

The Telegraph, 1 December 2001

“There aren’t many people whose passing can make the entire planet feel sad. But George is one such person. I first met him when I was eight. My sister had taken me to a hotel where the Beatles were staying and we snuck in.

They were very cute, answering their fan letters - something I’ve never seen since in the pop industry. Paul was terribly friendly. Ringo was kidding about. But George was grumpy which was perfect because that’s how you expected him to be.

You could tell he was thinking, ‘Why won’t these kids get out of here.’ He was always the reluctant Beatle. Though he looked amazing, with that beautiful smile and those canine teeth, he thought all the screaming adoration was nonsense.

Once when the Boomtown Rats were starting out and we were going through that he came backstage at a concert we were doing in Oxford and I asked him, 'Do you miss it?’ and he said, 'Absolutely not.’

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George Harrison, Friar Park, photographed by Terry O’Neill

George Harrison: “There is one sort of problem in a way, that I found when chanting all the time, and that was that I start being able to relate less and less to all the people I know. I mean then it’s, there’s only times when I see people like Śyāmasundara or just a few people. Then, that’s okay, but most of the other people… I suddenly found myself on such a different level that it’s hard to relate and then it’s like it feels as though it’s a point where I have a decision of either slowing down and pulling back towards those people in order to try and pull them with me, or maybe if, because I’m not ready to go, or just cutting the thing off and just going completely. You know what I mean? Just in day to day things. The more and more, the buildup…”

Prabhupāda: “Material management.”

GH: “But the buildup of the mantra and the effect is so subtle in a way that there’s that point where I just can’t relate any more to anybody.  Maybe you don’t have that experience.”

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George and Dhani Harrison, 1987, photographed by Terry O'Neill (source: National Portrait Gallery)

“‘He’s lovely,’ says Harrison. 'He’s good fun, good company. He can play When We Was Fab on the piano.’ Asked for further description, Harrison laughs. 'Well, I mean, he’s only a little schoolboy. It’s not as though he’s hosting The Tonight Show.’” - People, 19 October 1987 [x]

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“Dhani, the son of whom he [George] was so proud.” - Sir George Martin [x]

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“My dad was my hero, my best friend.” - Dhani Harrison, 2012 [x]

George at his estate, Friar Park by Terry O’Neill - 1975

“I’m unhappy about the world being concreted over and all the forests chopped down, the air polluted And the fact that the planet is in the control of mad people. You know, people who are crazy, people who are greedy, all these people who are selling the rain forests and you know, any forests, just selling because they make some money” - George Harrison (SOURCE)