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We Love George!

Since I am all for giving each Beatle the same amount of respect, this is a section solely devoted to celebrating an integral and amazing, yet often underappreciated and underestimated member of The Beatles - George Harrison.
 
You've probably gathered as much by now: George is my favorite... and here are select reasons to love George! :)
 
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Reasons to Love George
 
So far, 144 - and counting! - reasons, in no particular order...
 

01. That talent. He was a brilliant musician, composer, songwriter and guitarist.

02. His wit and humor.

03. His honesty.

04. He was the only man to ever look good with a moustache, in my opinion.

05. That incredible slide guitar playing.

06. He made top hats work.

07. He reportedly played 26 instruments. 26!

08. He organized the first big charity concert, for
Bangladesh
, because he genuinely wanted to help, not because being charitable when you’re famous is the cool thing to do.

09. His complexity.

10. The quiet one? According to his friends and family, it was sometimes difficult to get him to stop talking. ;)

11. "Not only was George the Beatle who changed most during the lifespan of the group, he was the one who was seen very differently by different people. To some he was serious, studious and sometimes sulky. Others saw him as a pleasant, chummy and cheerful lad. Others would say he was far too deep for them. In a way, everyone was right, and he was all of these things and more. George wasn't a simple person to assess, even once you got to know him, but the one characteristic that never changed was his fundamental sincerity. George genuinely believed in what he said and did." (From the Beatles Book Monthly)

12. His love for Olivia and Dhani.

13. The song-defining opening chord on "A Hard Day's Night".

14. Adding the sitar to "Norwegian Wood" and giving the song that certain something.

15. He took the time to reply to fan letters in e.g. 1963 – and how cute, sweet and funny are those replies? (E.g.: 
George's reply to that fan letter,  - another fan letter reply by George ... not to mention this one:
 How to wash George's car)



16. That inimitable, gorgeous accent!

17. That smile!

18. His acting in "A Hard Day’s Night".

19. Every moment he's on screen during "The Beatles Anthology" documentary.

20. All his anecdotes in "The Beatles Anthology" book.

21. How completely focused he often looked when playing the guitar on stage.

22. His grin.

23. Putting
India
into the minds of the West.

24. His pronunciation of words such as girl, care, hair etc.

25. Arthur. ;)

26. He gave the (musical) world The Traveling Wilburys!

27. He was a big Bob Dylan fan.

28. The countless photos there are of him eating... and yet, he was so skinny. ;)

29. He was gorgeous. Or should that be georgeous?

30. The way his song writing progressed.

31. The fact that he wowed so many people, including the other Beatles and George Martin, with the knock-out "Something".

32. His fashion sense – from leather, to jeans, to suits, over striped pants, a fondness for knitwear, psychedelic fashion, interesting coats... He made it all work.

33. His smile "lit up the page", according to Paul's brother Mike.

34. His spirituality.

35. He could get away with outfits that combined outrageously different patterns in say 1967.

36. “Even now, Paul’s still nine months older...” ;)

37. The (infamous) striped pants, particularly of Mad Day Out fame.

38. His great one-liners at Beatle press conferences.

39. The humor of "This Song".

40. The way he pronounced the letter "g" (as in "song").

41. Those eyes.

42. His love of fast cars.

43. His love of ukuleles.

44. His love of gardening.

45. Just call him a guitar fanatic and he was happy.

46. "Friends are all souls that we've known in other lives. We're drawn to each other. That's how I feel about friends. Even if I've only known them for a day, it doesn't matter. I'm not going to wait till I've known them two years, because anyway we have met somewhere before, you know."

47. "In
Liverpool
, when Paul came with us to look at all these guitars, he turned the amp up too high and broke them all. And my mother paid the fee for him. Paul was my mothers favorite Beatle! I was probably her second or third favorite."

48. How wonderfully silly he sometimes was (e.g. the "
Crackerbox Palace
" video).

49. Every single song on "Brainwashed".

50. "Marwa Blues", for being unbelievably amazing.

51. The sheer beauty of "Something".

52. The optimism that "Here Comes the Sun" continues to evoke.

53. His version of "Roll Over Beethoven".

54. The "Ding Dong Ding Dong" video.

55. George in any Beatles footage.

56. The
Hamburg
days.

57. A special mention goes to George in the "Revolution" video. Gorgeous.

58. The AHDN shirt scene. Epic.

59. The Help! "fiendish thingy" scene.

60. Always keeping a sense of humor.

61. Being able to pull off all-denim outfits.

62. The rooftop concert outfit.

63. His sarcasm.

64. Taking off with a triple album after the break-up.

65. "Baptising" an annoying member of the press in
L.A.


66. The Pirate Song.

67.
Friar Park, the house and its beautiful garden, looked after by our favorite gardener, George.

 

68. That George/Pattie wedding interview in January 1966, because he was so witty, sweet and gorgeous in it.

 

69. The hitch-hiking trip he and Paul went on in their teens.

 

70. He was so fantastic that we have to celebrate his birthday on two days, 24 and 25 February, to appease those still arguing over which day it really was. ;)

 

71. That awkwardly cute moment in AHDN when, during “If I Fell,” he leans against that amp and it tips over.

72. How many vital details he added to Lennon/McCartney songs that just make the songs what they are.

 

73. George in the “Magical Mystery Tour” movie.

 

74. George in “Let It Be.”

 

75. The gorgeousness of “Living in the Material World”, both documentary and book. So beautiful.

 

76. That lopsided smile (what female could resist? ;))

77. Cyril. ;)

 

78. “I’d rather be a musician than a rock star.”

 

79. The way his song writing progressed.

 

80. His song writing was every bit as brilliant as Lennon and McCartney’s. Sometimes more so.

 

81. Always developing as a musician.

 

82. How he always strove to learn as much as he could about what he was passionate about.

 

83. “The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad place – but at other times it is all such a joke.”

 

84. The love his friends and family had for him that’s so apparent when viewing “Concert for George” and “Living in the Material World.”

 

85. His guitar collection.

 

86. “That’s it. I’m not a Beatle anymore.”

 

87. All the covers of songs he made, because they’re so great.

 

88. How much of a guitar fanatic he was.

 

89. Every single song he ever wrote.

 

90. The complete beauty of his guitar solos.

 

91. That clip from 1976 in which he watches a video of The Beatles performing “This Boy” – so sweet and funny.

 

92. The Hamburg days.

 

93. Any anecdotes from the Hamburg days.

 

94. His perseverance.

 

95. His friendship with Paul.

 

96. ...Ringo...

 

97. ...John...

 

98. ...Klaus, Astrid and Jürgen...

 

99. ...Ravi Shankar...

 

100. ...and all of his other friends.

 

101. He gave a lot more to charities and good causes than will ever truly be known because he never tried to publicize it.

 

102. His little “strip” in the “Hello Goodbye” video. ;)

 

103. HandMade Films.

 

104. “I remember thinking I just want more. This isn’t it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don’t just stumble across. You’ve got to search for it.”

 

105. “In the end, ‘life goes on within you and without you.’ I just have a belief that this is only one little bit, the physical world is one little bit of the universe. So in the end, it doesn’t really matter.”

 

106. “People always say I was the Beatle that changed the most, but, really, I see that’s what life’s all about. You have to change.”

 

107. He was, according to anyone who met and knew him, lovely, caring, sweet, humorous, a deep thinker and kind.

 

108. He asked out Liverpool girl Bernadette Farrell by posting a note through her door in 1963. ;)

 

109. What Klaus Voormann refers to as “Georgie-German” – so hilarious.

 

110. Those dance steps on stage, as seen for example in the AHDN ending concert. ;)

 

111. He was only in his early twenties when he wrote deep lyrics like “Within You Without You.”

 

112. Those childhood memories in "The Beatles Anthology" book and the extras of "Living in the Material World."

 

113. Taking the stage name Carl Harrison for the ’60 Scotland tour, after one of his musical heroes, Carl Perkins.

 

114. That Yahoo! chat in Feb. 2001 – so witty!

 

115. “Well, I don’t like your tie for a start.”

 

116. His demos, as featured on the Anthology 3 CD set and "Early Takes Volume 1". Simply gorgeous.

 

117. His school book sketches.

 

118. All of the “Living in the Material World” book.

 

119. They way he and Olivia were on the same wavelength and stayed together through all ups and downs.

 

120. George in “The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit” docu, including the extra footage.

 

121. Because Olivia chose his “Cloud Nine” album cover outfit. ;)

 

122. “My son looks more like George Harrison than I do.”

 

123. The way he pronounced “tears” and “searching” in “Long Long Long.”

 

124. The way he would alter his school uniform, adding colorful bits, making things a bit rebellious, to look more stylish and individual.

 

125. “It’s being here now that’s important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”

 

126. Writing songs like “Photograph” and “It Don’t Come Easy” for Ringo.

 

127. The “This Is Love” video.

 

128. The “Brainwashed” EPK video.

 

129. Everything about the Beatles' appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show in December 1963.

 

130. According to sources, it was George who took the responsibility for the fact that he and Pattie didn't have any children, to protect Pattie. (Obviously, he and Olivia ended up with Dhani, so...)

 

131. "I would assure all his fans that George was just really as beautiful as they pictured him. And maybe more." - Tom Petty

 

132. "It doesn't really matter whether you're a king or a Beatle: it's what is inside that counts."

 

133. "Rap music is just computerized crap. I listen to 'Top of the Pops' and after three songs I feel like killing someone."

 

134. "[W]hy I wrote some songs that were trying to say: 'Hey, you can all experience this...' But then you realize you can take a horse to the water, but you can't make him drink... Sometimes people took the songs the wrong way, as if I was trying to preach, but I wasn't."

 

135. "In the end, this world will go under because of the stupidity of people."

 

136. "It just annoyed me that people got so into the Beatles. "Beatles, Beatles, Beatles." It's not that I don't like talking about them. I've never stopped talking about them. It's "Beatles this, Beatles that, Beatles, Beatles, Beatles, Beatles." Then in the end, it's like "Oh, sod off with the Beatles," you know?" (1987)

 

138. "Our original intention was just to be in a band as opposed to having a job. The goals were quite small, really."

 

139. "I have serious moments, but I never lost a sense of humor." (1987)

 

140. "I'm on my own, whereas in the past I had three other smartasses with me all cracking jokes." (1988)

 

141. Every anecdote about George in Klaus Voormann's book.

 

142. His acceptance speech for the Billboard Century Award.

 

143. “I’d like to think that all the old Beatle fans have grown up and got married and they’ve all got kids and they’re all more responsible. But they still have a space in their hearts for us.”

 

144. The entire complex and intriguing individual that was the one and only, incredible and brilliantly talented George Harrison.

 
 
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