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Childhood - Early BeatlesGeorge, the youngest of four children,  was born on February 25, 1943. In the middle of W.W.II to Louise and Harry Harrison. He has one sister Louise, or (Lou), Harry, and Peter.  His mum worked as a grocer, and his dad was a bus driver George's parents were big music fans, and would have all kinds of music playing in the house. George himself remembers at the age of about 4 standing on a stool singing Hoagy Carmichael's "One Meatball." George's school education started out at Dovedale Primary, where his brother Peter and another little boy named John Lennon were also attending, but three years ahead. George mentioned in his book I Me Mine, that he didn't start disliking school until he got the The Liverpool Institute. He recalls that was when "school became a real pain in the neck."


George's music interest didn't really start until he was about 13, when his mom started noticing quick sketches of guitars on all of his notebooks and papers from school. She bought him is first guitar for about 3 pounds from one of George's friends. Soon afterwards he would stay up late at night trying to get the cords that he'd hear on many records, and on the radio. Despite of all the negatives that George gave on going to The Liverpool Institute. There was one good thing that came out of it. While riding the bus to and from school everyday, he met another young lad who was as into rock and roll, and guitars as he was his name was Paul McCartney. Even thought Paul was nearly a year ahead in school, the two became fast friends exchanging guitar tips, and cords. They would spend time at George's house working on getting down different songs such as Besame Mucho,and Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O. George's first attempt at joining a band was not terribly successful. At the age of only 13 tried joining Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, but was told he was too, young and inexperienced. In 1958, George his brother Peter, and a couple of other friends formed their own group called the Rebels. Unfortunately this group wouldn't last long after only one live performance they broke up. While George was still with the Rebels he was introduced to another band called the Quarrymen  by his friend Paul McCartney. The leader of the band was not terribly impressed with Paul's younger guitar friend. His name was John Lennon, and being the leader of the Quarrymen, he wanted to make sure that he got the best players he could. Even though George was nearly 3 years younger than John he eventually let him join, because he was able to play a much favored song called Raunchy perfectly.

   The summer after George joined the band, they went to the homemade studio of Percy Phillips to make their first record. On guitar was John, Paul and George, Colin Hanton on Drums ( he was a member of the band before Paul and George joined) and John Duff Lowe on piano. One side was a cover version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day," on the other side was a song co-writen buy Paul and George "In Spite Of All The Danger." It was actually written by Paul, and George was given credit for the guitar solo. The record at the time a fee of 17s 6d{88p}approx. $1.40. Being only teenagers and little money they only could afford to have one copy made. They passed it on from one the other so they each to hear it. It hadn't been heard of or played until recording the recent release of the Beatles Anthology.

  From the time George joined till about 1960, the band had many members come and go. The band would play at various venues ranging from dance clubs, to playing at George's older brother's wedding reception. During the many changes in venues and band members, the band got their first bass player Stuart Sutcliffe. Stu was a friend of John's from Art College. Soon after Stu was coaxed into the band by John, Johnny and the Moondogs, this name was changed from the Quarry Men not long after George joined. They changed their name to the Silver Beetles. Their first big tour was in Scotland with Larry Parnes and his big stable of acts, as a backup band for Johnny Gentle. For their first "big" tour the guys decided to give them selves stage names, after things or people they admired. Paul changed his to Paul Ramone, cause he wanted a french sounding name, Stu did Stuart deStael cause he was into deStael's  artwork, George changed his to Carl Harrison, because he was a big fan of Carl Perkins. John was the only one who didn't' change his  name.

In the summer of that 1960 they were under the management of Allan Williams. Willams got them a gig in Hamburg Germany.  The band had one small and constant problem, they needed a drummer. George remembered that Mona Best, had a son  who was a drummer named Pete Best. Mona was the owner of the Casbah Club which the band had played at several times. Soon after they got Pete on drums, they set off to go to Hamburg. During their time in Hamburg the band changed their name from the  Silver Beetles, to just The Beatles changing the e to an a. When they got to Hamburg they learned that they were not going to be in a dance club, but rather a strip club. The reason for this was supposedly the dance club had been shut down. They would play for  nearly eight hours strait with no rest. The only thing that kept them on their feet was either beer or a pill called preliden, which was supplied by the people who also worked in the club. During the Beatles time in Hamburg, they met many of the local students from the Art College in Hamburg. Three of them would end  up changing how the Beatles looked, and where photographed forever. Their names were Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voorman, and  Jurgen Volmer.

While the Beatles where playing at the Kaiserkeller, they were booked to go and play at a new Rock'n'Roll club known as the Top Ten Club. Unfortunately the owner of the Kaiserkeller Bruno Koschminder was less than pleased about his added form of entertainment was leaving. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. He had George, Paul and Pete all deported. George because he was underage and didn't have a work permit. Paul and Pete were accused of "trying to burn down" the Bambi Kino cinema, which also belonged to Koschminder. John went back to Liverpool soon following and Stuart stayed in Hamburg to be with Astrid.

Soon after George turned 18 they went back to Hamburg to play at the Top Ten Club. Also during their second trip to Hamburg they made their second recording ( of course for years this was thought to have been their first but since was proven wrong). The recording was with a the top artist in Germany of the time named Tony Sheridan. After three months of performing at the Top Ten Club The Beatles returned to Liverpool. The club owners billed the band from Hamburg, this made them more popular.

In late '61 NEMS manager Brian Epstein went to the Cavern Club to see and hear The Beatles for the first time. Liking what he was hearing and seeing, he met up with them after the performance and signed them up to become their manager. The groups attire went from leather, and jeans, to suites, and jackets. The Beatles and Brian went down to London, to audition to get a record contract. Going to many companies with out much success, Brian was determined to get them signed. Fortunately that determination paid off and were signed up with head producer George Martin at EMI/Parlaphone. With manager Brian Epstein, and producer George Martin on board, they were all ready to start recording. During the recording of Love Me Do, George Martin didn't like Pete Best's drumming. The Beatles had known the drummer of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes another local Liverpool band. The drummer's name was Richard Starkey, or better known at that point as Ringo Starr. Ringo would occasionally sit in with the Beatles, but after the show would go back to the Hurricanes. However, George Martin had another drummer in mind named Andy White. When it came time to record Love Me Do, they ended up having Ringo on the single version, and Andy White on the album version.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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