Remembering George Harrison

Today we are remembering George Harrison, who passed away on this day in 2001. I was lucky enough to meet George on a couple of occasions – at the premiere of the ‘Handmade Films’ ‘How to Get Ahead in Advertising’ and a few years after that, at a concert by Ravi Shankar. In each case, they were very public events, and I barely got to say ‘hello’ – I would have loved to have the opportunity to sit down and have a long conversation with him, but it was not to be.

I was lucky enough to see George live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992, his only solo UK concert. I’ve never been in a place where there was so much love. The ‘vibes’ were incredible. A brilliant moment was  ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Before the song, George said, ‘ ..and I’d like to bring on a blast from all our pasts – RINGO!’  – and the roof raised! During the song George sang ‘I look at you all…’ and rather than pausing, as he does on the record, he said ‘Quite nice actually’ – in his usual understated way. I’m glad he enjoyed himself that night, something that Olivia confirmed when I met her a few years ago.

For me, George was the soul of the Beatles. Yes, a complicated character, but they all were. I love the fact that, apart from music and religion,  George’s great passions were gardening, and formula one motor racing! You can’t get 2 more different hobbies than those.

Here are some photos I took of George.

RIP Mystical One

George and Olivia arriving at the Lumiere Cinema for the premiere of How to Get Ahead in Advertising

George at a Ravi Shankar Concert, Barbican, London

From the day George’s passing was announced, fans started leaving flowers at Abbey Road Studios. They were very tastefully displayed on the steps. The Studios opened their windows and played ‘All Things Must Pass’ to the fans outside.

Floral tributes to George Harrison at Abbey Road Studios



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2 thoughts on “Remembering George Harrison”

  1. Mark T says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for your lovely post and photos….. George is still greatly missed 16 years on….. he will always be in our hearts and minds. …… R.I.P. George. ….. Mark T (London, UK)

  2. Robert Newton says:

    So well stated, as always, Richard. Yes, for me too, George was the soul of the Beatles and his contribution can never be overstated. He opened up so many doors for me, personally, and his life and work were always a great inspiration. His philosophy was very much “in order for a forest to be green, each tree must be green” and that adage, alone, says so much. RIP George.
    Richard, your work is always appreciated and thanks so much for your focus, dedication, enthusiasm and continued professionalism for keeping the dream alive! You’re a star!

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