Though George Harrison died over 10 years ago, he is a long way away from ever being forgotten. The lead guitarist for The Beatles was one of the most iconic musicians of his time. Though a lot of his life has been put in front of the public eye, there are some things that even the biggest Beatles fans don’t know about him. Here, we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about George Harrison. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He Was Part of The Quarry Men. Before there were The Beatles, there were The Quarry Men. They made a record in the summer of 1958 that featured Harrison, and the record cost 17 and sixpence to create.
Number Fourteen: He Was Involved in the First Recording the Beatles Made. The very first song the Beatles recorded was “Cry for a Shadow,” which was an instrumental song Harrison did with John Lennon.
Number Thirteen: He Was Deported From Germany. When the Hamburg police realized that Harrison had entered the country under the age of 18, they deported him. The rest of the Beatles stayed to perform, although they were all later deported as well.
Number Twelve: He Was Very Witty. During their first Parlophone recording session at Abbey Road, producer George Martin was very critical of the Beatles’ performance. When Martin asked them what they thought, Harrison replied, “Well, for a start I don’t like your tie.”
Number Eleven: He Wanted to Design a Guitar. In early 1963, NME asked the Beatles to list their ambitions. Harrison said that his was, “to design a guitar.”
Number Ten: He Was Often Mistaken for Paul. McCartney was an extremely talented guitarist and musician in general. When people would congratulate Harrison on his ability to play such difficult solos, he would respond, “No, that was Paul.”
Number Nine: He Took LSD for the First Time Without Knowing it. Harrison and John Lennon were both given LSD for the first time by their dentist in an after-dinner coffee. Harrison said, “We’d just sat down and ordered our drinks when suddenly I felt the most incredible feeling come over me. It was something like a very concentrated version of the best feeling I’d ever had in my whole life.”