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George Harrison and George Michael chatting at a Beverly Hills party celebrating the album Faith, 5 October 1988. Photo © unknown, possibly by Scott Downie or Richard Creamer.

Rest In Peace, George Michael… sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Q: “George.”
George Harrison: “George [chuckles]. George Michael. George Washington. George Formby. George Benson. [smiles]” - Word assocation, Op Reis, 12 December 1987

“‘Well, I just don’t have a desire to be a pop star. And acting, well that has to be the most boring job in the world, second only to modelling. I really just want to be a musician, somebody who writes songs, who makes music. I don’t really see myself being out there like the George Michaels or the Mick Jaggers. I’m not putting them down at all of course, but they have live performance built right into them. Mick was always the front guy in the Stones and he’s been dancing about, prancing in the moonlight, all his life. Everything he ever does, publicly or privately, is a performance. I used to detest and dread dancing. I just don’t understand it. The furthest I ever went was the Liverpool Leg!’ The message here, clearly, though I was asked not to spell it out and to let 'Them’ just deduce it from the article, is that all offers of any concert tours will be rejected always and in all circumstances!” - From an interview with George Harrison conducted by Nick Dent-Robinson, 1987 [x]

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George Harrison and Tom Petty (and, in photo 1, Martika), at a party in honor of George Michael, Beverly Hills, 5 October 1988; and at the Long Beach Grand Prix, 15 April 1989

Photos: Scott Downie Celebrity Photo; Richard Creamer Celebrity Photo | © Scott Downie; Celebrity Photo

“We had an immediate connection. We were really good friends and our families were friends. […] [T]he kids formed lifetime friendships. It was a nice thing. Adria used to stay with George and his family at Friar Park. He told her something that he had never mentioned to me, which is that he had a cousin from Florida who reminded him of me. Before George was really settled at Friar Park, he and this Florida cousin would sleep in every room in this, well, this castle, trying to figure out which one had the best vibe and ought to be the bedroom.” - Tom Petty, Runnin’ Down A Dream

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“‘Almost as soon as we met them, we spent more time with Tom and Jane Petty than with anyone but the Keltners,’ says Olivia Harrison. ‘They were family. We had Christmases together. They came to Friar Park. We’d just hang out, for hours and hours, with Dhani and Adria and Annakim playing together, staying up way too late, probably. Tom and George playing guitars and ukuleles. Between George, Tom, and Jane - a lot of cigarette smoke. But we had fun. We got very close. I think it was a lot of fun for Tom. And George had never met anyone quite like Tom. George with his Liverpudlian accent and Tom with his drawl, there was something connecting them, some common element.’” - Petty: The Biography [x]