George Harrison’s Surrey wedding at the height of Beatlemania

As Beatlemania was at its peak, Beatles guitarist George Harrison and first wife Pattie Boyd married in Epsom.

The late musician, who would have celebrated his 78th birthday next Thursday (February 25), married the model at Epsom Registry Office on Friday, January 21, 1966.

To contextualise the wedding in the story of The Beatles, 1966 was the year they released the album Revolver in August.

Albums such as Help! and Rubber Soul were already under their belts, both released the previous year.

The Beatles were still to release classics such as Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The White Album (1968) and Abbey Road (1969), but they were already megastars, with the fan craze phenomenon known as Beatlemania in full swing.

1966 was also a significant year for The Beatles because it was their last standard live concert, when they performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, on August 29.

Paul McCartney was at the wedding as Harrison’s best man, and Brian Epstein, who managed the group from 1962 until his death in 1967, was also present.

There were two notable absences, though – John Lennon and Ringo Starr were both out of the country on holiday at the time.

The marriage lasted over 10 years. Harrison’s bride, Pattie Boyd was an English model and photographer. She inspired Beatles songs including the classic ‘Something‘, and before her later marriage to Eric Clapton, she would inspire Clapton’s 1971 composition, Derek and the Dominos hit ‘Layla‘.

Pattie Boyd lived with Harrison in Esher, a house which she would return to in order to unveil a blue plaque in 2017.

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