|George Harrison and Paul McCartney|
Paul and George became friends fast even taking a hitchhiking trip to Whales.
"One year, Paul and I decided to go hitchhiking. It's something nobody would ever dream of these days. Firstly, you'd probably be mugged before you got through the Mersey Tunnel, and secondly everybody's got cars and is already stuck in a traffic jam. I'd often gone with my family down South to Devon, to Exmouth, so Paul and I decided to go there first."- George Harrison
"So she took us to hers - where we beat her, tied her up and robbed her of all her money! Only joking; she let us stay in her boy's room and the morning cooked us breakfast. She was really nice. I don't know who she was - the Lone Ranger?"- George HarrisonTheir journey continued towards Exmouth, where they met a character from John's later book A Spaniard in the Works, a drunk in a pub who's name was Oxo Whitney. Anyways, the two continued to Paignton where the had no money and had to sleep on the beach. On the move again the boys walked to a Ferry boat that would take them to a relative of Paul's in South Wales. Desperate for sleep, when the two arrived at Chepstow they went to the police station asking if they could sleep in a cell where the police told them to go sleep in the football grandstand, and they did. George and Paul got up and hiked north through Wales where they tracked down a truck and got a ride for a while.
"The trucks didn't have a passenger seat in those days so I sat on the engine cover. Paul was sitting on the battery. He had on jeans with zippers on the back pockets and after a while he suddenly leapt up screaming. His zipper had connected the positive and negative on the battery, got red hot, and burnt a big zipper mark across his arse." -George HarrisonThen they finally arrived at Butlins and couldn't get in. George compared it to a German prisoner-of-war camp. That there were barbed-wire fences saying they had to break in.
The following video is of Paul McCartney talking about bits of the trip;
"Now George came through Paul"- John LennonBy this time Paul McCartney had joined a band that called themselves The Quarrymen, named after Quarrybank School where lead singer, John Lennon and the rest of the band had attended (Read more about The Quarrymen here and about Paul and John's meeting here ). Paul had told John that he had this friend who he played guitar with and said that they had to hear him.
"They said, 'OK, lets hear him then.'" - Paul McCartneyGeorge and John met on a top of a double decker bus with Paul and the rest of the band. John was about eighteen and George fifteen. Paul encouraged George to take out his guitar and play the American classic "Raunchy".
All impressed by his playing John was a little uneasy about letting him in the band, he was too young. John even said that George looked younger than Paul and Paul at the time looked like he was ten! But they knew George was good, loads better than what the others were playing and he was excepted into the band and not only made the group stronger but taught the others the correct chords on guitar, especially John who was playing his like a banjo with five strings and banjo chords."George could play 'Raunchy' so well it sounded like the record."- Paul McCartney
"Paul introduced me to George and I had to make the decision whether to let George in. I listened to him play and said ,'Play "Raunchy".' I let him in and that was the three of us then, and the rest of the group was thrown practically together."- John Lennon
"I don't know what I felt about him when I first met him; I just thought he was OK. At that age I only wanted to get into music. I think that's with anybody you meet who sings or is into music like that, you just buddy with them instantly"- George Harrison on meeting John
here). and two, Mrs. Harrison loved music and loved having them around.There's even one memory George has when he was younger of him going to visit John at his aunt Mimi's home. Everyone then were trying to look like Teddy Boys, with the greased hair and the leather.
"I must of looked pretty good, because Mimi didn't like me at all. She was really shocked and said, 'Look at him! Why have you brought this boy round to my house? He looks dreadful, like a Teddy boy.' and he'd say, 'Shut up Mary, Shut up.'"- George Harrison on visiting JohnJohn even says that Mimi always said George had a low Liverpool voice followed by the remark,
"You always seem to like lower -class types, don't you, John?"It was at a party at Les Stewart's home where John finally gained respect to George. Les Stewart was a banjo, mandolin, guitar player for the second band George was in (he was in two bands at this time). There was a blonde haired girl with pigtails at the party, "Bardot type", who George took interest to.
"...and I pulled her and snogged her. Somehow John found out, and after that he was a bit more impressed with me."- George HarrisonThe rest of the band would soon fall apart leaving it just John, Paul and George for a while. John at the time was attending Art College, which was connected to the Institute where George and Paul were. George and Paul had lunches off and weren't aloud to leave the school with a dismissal note, they would leave anyway and go around the corner taking off as much of their school uniforms as possible and walk into the college to meet John. The three would later form a stronger group with drummer Pete Best and bassist and John's best friend Stuart Stutcliffe which lead to various names from The Quarrymen, Johnny and The Moondogs, Long John and the Silver Beetles, Silver Beetles, to finally The Beatles.