Fond Memories of George Harrison
Legendary photographer Harry Benson, 91, tells SurvivorNet about traveling the world with The Beatles, and how he was the closest with George Harrison, who died from throat and lung cancer and would have turned 78 years old today. “We spent a lot of time in Copenhagen. And in Paris … we’d sit in a cafe and talk about nothing,” he muses. “With George it was always easy, we would basically talk about nothing. George would often say ‘this isn’t going to last more than a year.’ John Lennon would say that as well.”
Benson was with the band in Paris at the George V hotel when they first learned they hit number one in the U.S. with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The iconic “pillow fight” pic captured that moment.
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At first, world-famous photographer Harry Benson wasn’t particularly fond of his travel assignments in the early ’60s with The Beatles, who went on to be one of the biggest bands—if not thee biggest—of all time.
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When you dig into the unmatched success of The Beatles, you can’t help noticing how the group (and its producer) shied away from releasing George Harrison songs as singles. If you’re looking for a Harrison song on the A-side of a Beatles single, you have to wait until Abbey Road (1969).
That’s when “Something” went out as a double A-side release with John Lennon’s “Come Together.” Abbey Road was, of course, the last album the Fab Four recorded. Given the dearth of quality Harrison material on Let It Be (1970), “Something” (or “Here Comes the Sun”) represented Harrison’s last shot at an A-side.
Harrison had landed his first B-side of a single just the year before. That happened when The Beatles released “Lady Madonna,” a Paul McCartney composition, in March ’68. Harrison’s B-side on the single never went out on a Fab Four studio album, and it was unique for several other reasons.
Imagine a humpback whale emerging from the ocean in slow-motion, taking a big gulp of the water near the North Island. That’s the type of action Rolf usually captures with his camera. That's why he was surprised when he received a phone call from the U.S. Humane Society.
“[They asked], ‘Are you willing to photograph a celebrity in the Arctic?’ And I said, ‘What?!’” Rolf smiles, recalling his disbelief. “‘[Then they said], ‘We can’t give you any more information right now.’”
It was a secret assignment for an anything-but paparazzo. While the nature photos on Rolf’s Instagram page certainly feature subjects with screen presence, like otters looking through his lens, his subjects don’t usually walk red carpets – picture bears stepping across green seaweed. They certainly don't earn splashing headlines, except perhaps for his photos of dolphins parting in the sea.
“But whatever. If they pick me they got a reason,” Rolf smiles. “So of course [I accepted the assignment and asked] what’s involved.”
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Paul McCartney is giving fans a glimpse into his incredible decades-long career in his upcoming book The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.
On Wednesday, the famed singer, 78, announced the two-volume, 960-page collection which will see McCartney "recount his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career," according to a press release.
The book, which editor Paul Muldoon said is as "close to an autobiography as we may ever come," is due out November 2nd and is available for preorder now.
"More often than I can count, I've been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I've always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs," McCartney said in a statement.
"I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks," he continued. "What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I've learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life."
According to the release, The Lyrics will span McCartney's career "from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present."
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The Grammy Museum has announced a virtual Ringo Starr program in March featuring a virtual exhibit and interviews with the former Beatle.
On March 4th, the museum will release a 2010 interview with Starr from their Live From the Vault series, followed by a new interview with the museum’s founding executive director Bob Santelli on March 18th. Starr will discuss his upcoming EP Zoom In and his new book Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs 1989-2019.
The museum will also feature the 2013 exhibit Peace & Love virtually; it covers his early life in Liverpool, his launch to superstardom with the Beatles, and his years with the All Starr Band. The museum’s streaming service Collection: Live can be accessed here.
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George Harrison sadly died almost 20 years ago and would have turned 78-years-old this week if still alive. Nevertheless, his incredible legacy with The Beatles lives on to this day. And now Sir Paul McCartney and the John Lennon estate have celebrated what would have been George Harrison’s 78th birthday on February 25, 2021.
Sir Paul shared a picture of himself with George in what looks like the late 1960s.
The 78-year-old wrote on his Instagram: “Have a great day on what would have been my mate George’s birthday - Paul.”
While the John Lennon estate shared a picture of John and George during the same period and some earlier ones too.
They wished the Quiet Beatle a happy birthday, before recommending the John and George playlist.
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Star Wars is one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, with entire generations of fans brought up on the galaxy far, far away. Said fandom is extremely passionate about the property, sometimes to a fault. Mark Hamill has been the hero of the franchise for decades, and knows fanboys well. And the beloved actor recently revealed a time he geeked out meeting late Beatles icon George Harrison.
Given his iconic tenure as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, Mark Hamill has been able to meet a ton of celebrities throughout his long career. This includes meeting members of the legendary rock band The Beatles. While guitarist and songwriter George Harrison died back in 2001, Hamill had the honor of meeting him first, and shared that story with the general public. In his words,
Honestly, same. Those of us who have been lucky to meet a celebrity know the panic and excitement that can sometimes occur. And even though Mark Hamill is famous himself, that didn't stop him from going full fanboy when meeting George Harrison. But if you're going to meet a Beatle in the flesh, what other reaction should you have? They're known for having screaming fans, after all.
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Paul McCartney announced that he is releasing a lyrical memoir using 154 songs that he has written throughout his career. Including songs from his teenage years, the Beatles, his solo album.
The Irish poet Paul Muldoon will edit and write the introduction for the memoir. Some of it is written from the many conversations the two have had about McCartney's song.
The songs will be listed alphabetically and so be kaleidoscopic instead of linear. McCartney will reveal what inspired the lyrics, the people involved, what his life was like, and the song's overall story.
The Beatles member shared why he had chosen to dissect the song lyrics to share his story. He said that he had always written songs throughout his life and:
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The Beatles and Queen are two of the most famous classic rock bands of all time, however, they didn’t really cross paths. Once, John Lennon’s son, Julian, tried to get his father to listen to Queen. Here’s what happened — and a look at whether Queen outperformed The Beatles on the American charts.
John gave an interview to Spin in the spring of 1975. During the interview, he discussed Queen. To put things in context, Queen had only released three albums at that point: their self-titled album, Queen II, and Sheer Heart Attack.
Their most famous song at that point was likely the art-rock tune “Killer Queen.” They had not yet released “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “The Show Must Go On,” or “Fat Bottomed Girls” or many of their other most iconic songs. Despite this, Julian was a fan.
George Harrison and Beatles fans looking for a new turntable to spin their favorite vinyl on just might need to make some more room on their console table. Right on time to commemorate the legendary musician’s birthday, music lovers can pick up this George Harrison Special Edition turntable made by audio brand Pro-Ject and available now for under $500.While it first debuted back in 2017 when the audio company teamed up with Universal Music Group, only 2,500 of these special edition record players saw a release around the world — and, at least for the time being, fans looking to round out their vinyl setup at home can still find them in stock online.
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