George Harrison is born

George Harrison was born on February 25th 1943 in Liverpool, to Louise and Harold Harrison. While pregnant with George his mother would listen to an Indian radio station which played sitar music, hoping this would bring calm to her yet unborn child. George would later introduce the sitar to The Beatles' music.

 George Harrison (bottom right) with his brothers Peter and Harry and sister Louise.

George Harrison (bottom right) with his brothers Peter and Harry and sister Louise.

 George Harrison, 1957.

George Harrison, 1957.

 George Harrison age 15.

George Harrison age 15.

12 Arnold Grove

The youngest of four children, Harrison's mother and father raised George and his three siblings in a small terraced house at 12 Arnold Grove until the age of six, when they were offered a council house in Speke. His mother was a shop assistant and his father drove a bus.

The house at Arnold Grove had an outdoor toilet and the only thing heating it was a small coal fire. George later recalled his mother ironing the bed sheets at night in order to keep her children warm. 

School

 George Harrison at the council house in Speke, circa 1955.

George Harrison at the council house in Speke, circa 1955.

In 1948 at age five, young George enrolled at Dovetail Primary School; he passed his exams and later attended the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. The school offered a music course, but even at this early age George was transfixed with guitars, and due to the school's lack of any guitar tuition it wasn't interesting enough for him to pursue.

Meeting Paul McCartney

It was on a bus ride to school one day in 1954 where George Harrison first met Paul McCartney. Paul was one year older and attended the same high school and thus the two shared each other's company; with a common interest in music and guitars. 

Musical epiphany  

One day in 1956 while riding a bike, Harrison overheard Elvis Presley singing Heartbreak Hotel from a nearby house. This song entranced Harrison with rock and roll and had a profound and lasting impact on him.

Later that year his father reluctantly bought hm a Dutch Egmond flat top acoustic guitar. A friend of his father's taught young George how to play a few songs and he went on to form a skiffle group called The Rebels, with his brother Peter and a friend. 

 Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in Speke, 1958. 

Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in Speke, 1958. 

Joining The Beatles  

Harrison first joined the group when they were still called The Quarrymen. Paul McCartney met John Lennon on July 6th 1957, at St Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool. After singing a few songs with them they eventually invited him to join.

George Harrison joined in early 1958 at the recommendation of his school friend Paul McCartney. Lennon was at first reluctant but after hearing George perform on guitar he was very happy to have him onboard. 

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