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Circa 1984
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Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

George Harrison at the Apple launch party for the Radha Krsna Temple’s “Hare Krishna Mantra” - produced by George - at The Wood, Sydenham Hill, London, 28 August 1969 (more photos and information here). Photo © The Beatles Book

Q: “Speaking of Delaney and Bonnie, you toured with Delaney and Bonnie and the band’s European ’69 tour and one leg of that tour featured a special guest player, George Harrison. What are your most indelible memories of George?”

Rita Coolidge: “George was such a profoundly gentle man and at the same time so charismatic. It was almost like a religious leader in a sense.
He had such a magnetic kind of energy around him. But he was so soft spoken. To me, he was like a holy man, just his energy, his aura, everything about him was more beautiful man than probably anybody else I had ever met.”

Q: “And at that time with his mustache and long beard he looked a holy man.”

Rita Coolidge: “Yeah, he totally did. There were a lot of people that had long hair and beards at that time but with George (laughs) it really was effective but it went so much deeper than that with him. I always felt like I was in the presence of greatness when I was around him. He was so very humble and sweet.”

Q: “Didn’t he have a special song he sang for you?”

Rita Coolidge: “Yes, he would sing Lovely Rita by The Beatles (sings “Lovely Rita, meter maid”). (laughs) Every time I got on the bus. (laughs) It was like he would wait for me to get on the bus and sing it to me. It was so fabulous.” - Q&A with Rita Coolidge, Rock Cellar Magazine, 8 July 2016

“When the young guitarist heard George Harrison’s solo on And Your Bird Can Sing, he labored to master the Quiet Beatle’s complex riff. Years later, Walsh would marry Marjorie Bach, whose sister Barbara is wed to Ringo Starr. When Walsh told Ringo the story of his relentless practicing, the drummer thought Walsh was insane. Walsh told the Chicago Tribune that Ringo explained, “Nah, nah, nah — he played it twice. It’s two notes playing together!” …”- Article on Joe Walsh, “ Top 11 Musicians Influenced By the Beatles” Rock Cellar Magazine