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Old Apr 11, 2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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A fan got to visit Harold Sr. and the lovely Lady Louise the summer of 1964.

Note the fan said Peter was George's younger brother when we know better.

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Old Apr 18, 2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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What a story! Thanks so much BB for sharing this. Imagine her luck- to have such a lovely visit with the family... and to even get to see George's room. I wondered when she said twin beds along one wall. Does that mean they were bunk beds, or were the beds positioned to come out into the room? It sounded like she meant they were sideways along the wall, with hearts and keys above. Wow. What a treat.
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I love Louise French. She sounded like such a nice person. George himself described her that way.
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Yes, she does sound lovely and if I ever get a chance to hear her speak or her memoirs come out, I'd be in full support.
but remember, George cut her off for years when she used his music in a radio show she did on the environment and didn't make peace with her until just before his death.
I do think that was a mistake of George's but he did treat her that way and that has got to sting a bit. He didn't always appreciate her loveliness
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What a story! Thanks so much BB for sharing this. Imagine her luck- to have such a lovely visit with the family... and to even get to see George's room. I wondered when she said twin beds along one wall. Does that mean they were bunk beds, or were the beds positioned to come out into the room? It sounded like she meant they were sideways along the wall, with hearts and keys above. Wow. What a treat.
From what I remember of the description of George's sleeping habits when he was younger, the beds were head to head or some similar arrangement.
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Louise French was the Harrison matriarch. She sounded like such a lovely woman. I didn't know her, but I sure love her! As for Lou, George's sister I think she is just delightful. I also think Lou is so adorable. Here she is, an octogenarian driving a weird VW car made to look like a Yellow Submarine! You've just got to love her.

I agree that it is unfortunate that George and Lou were estranged during that block of time. If you read Pat Kinzer Mancuso's book "Do You Want to Know a Secret," you will learn a lot about the Harrisons, the senior Harrisons and George's siblings and one French cousin.
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Shaking All Over

A visit with George Harrison's parents,
Liverpool 1964

by Scott Wheeler

Part 1

In July 1964, the American teen magazine 16 published what it rightfully hailed as "the scoop of scoops": the home addresses of the Beatles' families in Liverpool. The source of this priceless pearl of information was George Harrison's girlfriend, Pattie Boyd -- later to become his wife -- who was writing a "Letter from London" column in the magazine every month.

George was reportedly quite upset with Pattie for having blown his family's cover, and she stopped writing the column shortly thereafter, but the damage was already done. Thanks to 16 Magazine, the Beatle addresses were in the hands of thousands of eager Beatles fans all over America...including those of yours truly.

As it happened, my family was already planning a month-long trip to Europe that summer. My father, with his characteristic kindness, asked me if there was any place in Europe that I particularly wished to visit...and so it was that, early on Sunday morning, 2 August 1964, my parents and I boarded a British Eagle Vickers Viscount plane at Heathrow-known simply as London Airport in those days-for the two-hour flight to Liverpool.

George was my favorite Beatle in those days, and I had read in one of my fan magazines that "George's parents are visited by fans from far afield, very often bearing presents. Mrs. Harrison gives them tea and cookies." I was desperate to make my own pilgrimage to the threshold of a Beatle's home, and the Harrisons' house at 174 Mackets Lane, Hunts Cross, Liverpool, was the place to begin.

As a special present for George, I was carrying a large scrapbook that my mother and I had carefully filled with a variety of items back home in Boston. First we pasted in several dozen Beatle trading cards from my collection, each accompanied by a comedy caption. Next, my mother painted four realistic tempera portraits of the Beatles directly on four of the blank pages. Finally, we pasted in a matchbook cover and a sheet of stationery from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, where the Beatles had stayed during their first American visit. We had written fake "love notes" on them from actresses Mitzi Gaynor and Jill Haworth, both of whom had partied with the Beatles during that visit.

As we embarked on our Liverpool pilgrimage, I was brimming over with confidence, trusting fully in something I called "Beatle luck." My parents, however, were concerned that the trip would be a terrible letdown for me, and both were wondering how they would ever bring me out of the gloom I would surely fall into after facing a succession of closed doors and unanswered knocks.

Just before 11:30 a.m., our plane touched down on a rain-slicked runway at Liverpool Airport under overcast skies. I bought an Ordnance Survey map at the airport gift shop, and we made our way across Speke Road to a nearby bus stop. We weren't familiar with the "request stop" system, and we were mystified when several buses whisked past us without stopping. We finally gave up and decided to walk.

We had gone only a few hundred yards when a car pulled up alongside us and a friendly young man, out for a drive with his mum, leaned out the window and asked if he could be of assistance.

We asked him for directions to Hunts Cross, and they ended up cheerfully driving us to the town square, a few blocks from Mackets Lane. "You see?" I told my parents. "I knew luck would stay with us!" They just shook their heads in amazement.

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After walking for several blocks, we arrived in front of number 174, a semidetached (or duplex) council house with a small front garden full of rain washed flowers. I compared the building with a photo in a magazine I had brought along, and a chill came over me: this was the place -- Ground Zero.

Clutching my scrapbook under my arm, I took a deep breath, walked down the driveway and up the path to the front door, and rang the doorbell.


Moments later the door opened to reveal a tall, handsome young man with dark eyebrows and piercing eyes -- not George, but unquestionably a Harrison. It was George's younger [sic] brother Peter. I said timidly, "I'm awfully sorry to bother you on a Sunday morning, but I've come all the way from America to see George's place, and I'd like to leave him this book."

Having delivered my speech and my present, I was ready to turn and run, but Peter said, "Come in! Come in!" Despite my protests, he pulled me into the front hall, asked me to wait a moment, and disappeared down the hall.

I stood there, literally shaking in my boots, and suddenly there was Louise Harrison walking toward me, bidding me welcome and apologizing for having her hair in curlers. She looked exactly like the robust, vivacious woman I had seen pictured in the fan magazines.

We went into the front parlor, where I immediately noticed two prominently displayed items on the wall: a large, framed photo of George and a framed gold record presented to the Beatles for "Twist and Shout." I also noticed a writing-desk in the corner heaped with stacks of fan mail. Louise said the family had been up until four that morning answering fan letters.

We talked for a few minutes and I showed her my scrapbook, which she accepted enthusiastically on George's behalf. Then she asked me, "Did you come up from London all by yourself, luv?" "No," I answered, "I came with my parents." "Where are they?" "They're waiting for me outside." "Well, bring them in!"

I went to the door and called them in while Louise dashed off to take out her curlers. Just then, George's father, Harry, appeared, and he extended a warm hand to my parents.

The family had been preparing Sunday dinner when I arrived, but, despite our vigorous protests, they dropped everything and Louise and Peter set to work making us coffee and sandwiches. Then we all settled down in the parlor for an unforgettable two-hour visit. While Louise and Peter showed us George's baby pictures and told us one Beatle story after another, Harry and my father talked over their experiences in the war.

Louise explained that George had moved down to London with the other Beatles in late 1963 but still came home often for visits. Before he moved, so many fans had converged on their home that George had had to walk around the house on his hands and knees for fear of being seen through the window. In fact, Harry had trimmed and installed a large blackout screen in their front window in order to give the family some measure of privacy.

I could have stayed forever, but, all too soon, it was time for us to move along to Mathew Street and let the Harrisons get back to their interrupted Sunday dinner preparations. Peter offered to drive us to the Cavern Club, but my mother put her foot down and said that we had already taken up enough of their Sunday-we would take the bus.

Just before we left, I asked Louise whether I might be allowed to peek into George's bedroom. She obligingly led me up the stairs and showed me the cramped bedroom George had shared with Peter until George's move to London eleven months earlier.

There was a pair of single beds against one wall. I had never before seen the English practice of drawing the bedclothes over the entire bed instead of tucking them under the pillow. Louise had decorated the wall behind the beds with red paper hearts and oversized gold keys that various fans had sent George six months earlier for his 21st birthday.

I was thrilled to see an acoustic guitar standing up in the open closet doorway. I picked up the guitar, carried it over to one of the beds, sat down with it, and began struggling to strum some of the chords I had clumsily learned a few months earlier.

Louise went over to George's wardrobe and opened the doors, and I gasped in recognition at the familiar-looking, velvet-collared jacket and brown corduroy jacket hanging there. She reached into the inside pocket of one of the jackets, took out a folded piece of paper, examined it, and said, "You can have this, luv." I looked at the printing on the paper and nearly fainted. It was a typed list of songs that George had used at the Beatles' final recording session for the BBC radio series Pop Go the Beatles in September 1963. What a trophy!

More than 15 years later, in 1979, I was reading an interview with Harry Harrison printed in the Liverpool newspaper Mersey Beat in late August 1964, and was astonished to read this quote from Harry: "We've had people from America here quite recently. One American family, off on a Continental tour, even flew up from London especially to come and see George's home." I was overwhelmed that Harry had paid me the supreme honor of a mention in Mersey Beat, and I felt very sad that I couldn't ring him up and thank him, as he had died the year before.

That visit to Mackets Lane was the beginning of a wonderful friendship with the Harrisons that lasted until they passed away (Louise in 1970, Harry in 1978). It has also led to dozens of cherished friendships with other Beatle friends and family members all over Merseyside.

Along with hundreds of other Beatle fans lucky enough to experience the Harrisons' fantastic hospitality, my parents and I will forever be in debt to George's remarkable family, who so warmly welcomed a straggling family of Yanks into their home and their hearts on that rainy Sunday morning all those years ago. I've never recovered from that day -- why would I want to?

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This from Louise Harrison on Tumblr:

Saturday March 5, 1966


“When the Beatles first came out in America, I flipped over them,” wrote dedicated fan Patty Juliano, 14, of California. “Right away I started writing to Mrs. Harrison,” said Patty after she’d acquired the address of the Harrison’s Liverpool residence. Patty alway sreceived a reply from George’s wonderful mother, Louise Harrison, who was fondly known to be a real fan’s fan. Before Patty came to Europe with her father in March 1966 she wrote to Mrs. Harrison informing her that she would be coming to Liverpool and asked if she could come and see her. When Patty arrived in Paris she was surprised to find a letter from Mrs. Harrison inviting her to the Harrison home. Patty quickly replied “Yes!”

All the way over in the taxi Patty thought about the possibility of George being there. “When I got to the house, there was a very nice XKE parked out in front. Mrs. Harrison greeted me at the door.” Patty gave Mrs. Harrison a box of candy and bouqet of flowers.

Patty’s dream was about to come true when she was escorted inside… When she walked into the living room, she could see someone sitting on the couch, but was unsure of her identity. Seconds later she “realized it was Pattie Harrison!, you know who’s wife! Wow! was I surprised.” They began to talk and Patty asked Pattie if she ever got a lot of mean letters from girls after she married George. Pattie said she got a few. Everyone was seated and talking and about fifteen minutes later George himself walked in! He shook Patty’s hand and offered everyone a cigarette, even Patty, but she never did get one. Mr. Juliano and George started talking about Vietnam. Then the subject switched to the police protection the Beatles got.

Soon Mrs. Harrison called them all to lunch, which Patty described as delicious. After lunch Patty says “Mrs. Harrison showed me a scrapbook she had made with pictures of George fans, so if you have sent any pictures to her, they’re sure to be there.”

Afterwards Patty’s father took several pictures of the Harrisons. It was late in the afternoon so most of them turned out dark.

Later, George’s brothers, Harry and Peter, and their wives, and his little niece and nephew, Paul and Janet, came over. At about 5 o’clock Mr. Juliano decided it was time to go. “I was having so much fun, but all good things have to come to an end and we had to leave,” said Patty. Mrs. Harrison waved goodbye while Pattie and George stood in the doorway holding hands. “All the way back to London, I couldn’t believe I had met George Harrison’s family.”

* * * *

The above was combined from two versions of Patty Juliano’s story published in
the KRLA Beat newspaper, April 8, 1967 and in Fabulous magazine, March 16, 1968. Some of the six photos taken by Patty Juliano’s father at the Harrison home on March 5, 1966 were later availble for sale through the Beatles fanzine With A Little Help From My Friends in the 70’s and 80’s.

Scans from the Something About Pattie Boyd group at Yahoo!
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http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/louise%20harrison

For more Harrison pix and even more delightful anecdotes:

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/louise+harrison

And for Scott Wheeler's original article in re his Close Encounter of the Harrison Kind:

http://harrisonstories.tumblr.com/po...hakin-all-over
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