George Harrison at The Beatles’ Los Angeles press conference, 29 August 1965

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“He exuded such a casual, boyish, and natural charm that it virtually shined out loud through the din of the star-worship madness that filled the room of ‘insiders.’” - Ken Mansfield on his first impression of George Harrison, The White Book [x]

George Harrison during the “Revolver” recording sessions, Abbey Road Studios, 1966 (photo via thebeatles.com), possibly photographed by Robert Freeman

“Songwriting for me, at the time of Rubber Soul, was a bit frightening because John and Paul had been writing since they were three years old. It was hard to come in suddenly and write songs. They’d had a lot of practice. They’d written most of their bad songs before we’d even got into the recording studio. I had to come from nowhere and start writing. And have something with at least enough quality to put on the record alongside all the wondrous hits. It was very hard.” - George, The Beatles Anthology

“I didn’t have too many songs. I’d always had a couple of ones I was working on or thinking about, and in the later years, I did have a huge backlog. But in the mid-Sixties I didn’t have too many.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology

“John was always helpful. He said things like, ‘When you’re writing, try to finish the song immediately, because once you leave it it’s going to be harder to complete,’ which is true. Sometimes, anyway. He have me a few good pointers and I did actually do some writing with him later on. I was at his house one day - this is the mid-Sixties - and he was struggling with some tunes. He had loads of bits, maybe three songs, that were unfinished, and I made suggestions and helped him to work them together so that they became one finished song, ‘She Said, She Said.’ The middle part of that record is a different song: ‘She said, “I know what it’s like to be dead,” and I said, “Oh, no, no, you’re wrong…"’ Then it goes into the other one, ‘When I was a boy…’ That was a real weld. So I did things like that. I would also play him, on occasion, songs I hadn’t completed. I played him a tune on day, and he said, ‘Oh, well, that’s not bad.’ He didn’t do anything at the time, but I noticed in the next song he wrote that he’d nicked the chords from it!” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology [x]

“’Taxman’ was great - it’s not a bad opening act for Revolver, is it?” - Ringo Starr, The Beatles Anthology