Paul McCartney and George Harrison - teenagers with guitarsPaul McCartney and George Harrison first met on a bus while the two were schoolboys. They rode the bus together going to and from the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys and found they shared an interest in music and playing guitars. Harrison recalled, “It was on that bus journey that I met Paul McCartney, because he, being at the same school, had the same uniform and was going the same way as I was so I started hanging out with him.”

When McCartney was in John Lennon’s skiffle band The Quarrymen, he strongly urged Lennon to allow Harrison to join the band as lead guitarist. After all, George could play “Raunchy” (by Bill Justice) and that was quiet impressive. Lennon thought the fifteen-year-old Harrison to be far too young, but eventually he relented.

Billy Preston played the organ on the song “Let It Be” and the Fender Rhodes electric piano on “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” during the recording of the Let It Be album and film (earlier called Get Back). George Harrison brought Preston in to temporarily ease some of the tension in the studio during the tumultuous sessions. Also, the Beatles intended to record the tracks “live”, with no overdubbing, so it helped to have a fifth musician playing keyboards. At one point during the sessions, John Lennon suggested that Billy could join the band as the “Fifth Beatle”, but Paul McCartney nixed the idea saying that it was bad enough with four.

The “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” single was credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”. This was the only time an outsider was given this type of credit on an official Beatles-sanctioned release. Tony Sheridan had shared credit on some Hamburg-era recordings, but these were unsanctioned reissues on which the Beatles were primarily the backing group.

Preston also played Hammond organ on the tracks “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Something” that appeared on the Abbey Road album.

The Beatles first met Billy Preston in 1962 when he was part of Little Richard’s touring band. Manager Brian Epstein had organized a Liverpool show in which the Beatles opened for.

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on A Hard Day's Night setGeorge Harrison and Pattie Boyd met during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. Pattie appeared (uncredited) in the film as a schoolgirl. She spoke a one-word line in the film: “Prisoners?”.

Pattie initially resisted George’s interest in her (because she had a boyfriend at the time), but his persistence paid off and they married less than two years after meeting. Their marriage took place on January 21, 1966, with Paul McCartney as best man. Ringo Starr and John Lennon were on holiday and therefore not in attendance.

Harrison and Boyd split up in 1974. She moved in with George’s close friend Eric Clapton, whom was deeply infatuated with Pattie. Clapton and Boyd eventually married in 1979 (and divorced in 1989).

Pattie has claimed that she was the inspiration for Harrison’s songs “I Need You”, “Something”, “For You Blue” and “Isn’t It a Pity.” She has said that George was the love of her life, and that she regretted not working things out with him in their marriage.

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Ringo Starr early daysRingo Starr was born Richard Starkey to Richard and Elise Starkey (née Gleave). The nickname Ringo came about because of the many rings that he wore.

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