PUBLISHED: 22:06, Tue, Feb 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:20, Tue, Feb 25, 2020
George Harrison would be 77 today if he was still alive - and on his birthday fans remember how things really were in the Beatles. With Liverpool City Council announcing their plans for a 12-acre woodland walk in his honour, many fans commemorate the man on this day. But it is also important to remember his impact on the band, and how he almost reportedly “walked out” thanks to the bossiness of his colleagues.
In the recent Let It Be documentary, fans got a clear idea of how animosity grew between Harrison and McCartney, despite most of the tabloids focusing on rifts between McCartney and Lennon.
In the book Here, There and Everywhere, from Abbey Road studios assistant engineer George Emerick, the engineer speaks out about what it was like recording the epic albums from the Beatles.
Emerick described how “rare” it was to see the bandmates pay Harrison any respect for his guitar work, and often suggests Lennon and McCartney looked down on their songwriting and performing partner.
According to Emerick, while they were recording the song Tomorrow Never Knows on Revolver, Harrison suggested he played an Indian instrument, the tambura.
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Beatles FEUD: How George Harrison WALKED OUT over bandmates’ ‘condescension’ (Image: Getty)
Emerick wrote: ““You could tell [John] liked the idea, but he wasn’t about to say so.
“It was rare when John gave George the respect he deserved.”
However, this is due to other instances where the band were “embarrassed” by their guitar partner, which him speaking about how Harrison struggled to nail a solo for the song I’m Only Sleeping.
According to Emerick, McCartney “actually seemed a bit embarrassed by George’s musical limitations” and would roll his eyes at his bandmate’s attempts to nail the solo.
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George Harrison and John Lennon (Image: Getty)