40 Amazing Vintage Photos of George Harrison As a Youth

George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes called “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles’ work. Although the majority of the band’s songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group include “Taxman”, “Within You Without You”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something”.

Harrison’s earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent influences. By 1965, he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian classical music through his use of Indian instruments, such as sitar, on numerous Beatles songs, starting with “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”. Having initiated the band’s embracing of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, he subsequently developed an association with the Hare Krishna movement. After the band’s break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, a critically acclaimed work that produced his most successful hit single, “My Sweet Lord”, and introduced his signature sound as a solo artist, the slide guitar. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, a precursor to later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. In his role as a music and film producer, Harrison produced acts signed to the Beatles’ Apple record label before founding Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founding HandMade Films in 1978.

Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer. In 1988, he co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

Harrison’s first marriage, to model Pattie Boyd in 1966, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Arias, with whom he had a son, Dhani. Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home. His remains were cremated, and the ashes were scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million. (Wikipedia)

Below is a gallery of 40 rare and incredible vintage photos of a young George Harrison from the 1940s through early 1960s as you’ve never seen before.

George and school friend Arthur Kelly, Liverpool, 1950s
George with his brother Peter, 1950s
George at Dovedale Infants/Junior School, Liverpool (George is in the back row, fifth from right), 1950s
George, late 1940s
Peter, Louise, George and Harry, late 1940s
Harry, George, brother Harry, Peter and sister Louise, North Wales, 1947
George aged two, being held by his sister Louise, with brothers Peter and Harry (far right of table), Liverpool, V.E. Day, 1945
George, age 8 in 1951, is front and center above, flanked by his parents, Harold and Louise. His brothers, Harold (left, age 17, better known as Harry) and Peter, are standing.
Self – portrait, c. 1960
George’s first passport, 1960s
Astrid’s photographs of George taken at ‘der Dom’ fairground. Hamburg, 1960
Astrid’s photographs of George taken at ‘der Dom’ fairground. Hamburg, 1960
George, Beatles’ publicity shoot, Liverpool, 1962
The Beatles, the Cavern Club, 1962
George, the Cavern Club, 1963
George and John, collecting their Gibson 160E guitars, Rushworth’s Music House, 1962
George, Paul, and Ringo, Vi Caldwell’s house, Liverpool, 1961
George, Rory Storm, Ringo, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Byrne and friends, Vi Caldwell’s house, Liverpool, 1961
George and Paul, the Cashbah Club, February, 1961
George outside the Cavern Club, 1963
George and Roy Orbison backstage whilst on tour together, England, 1963
George backstage, Granada Cinema, East Ham, London, 1963
George during The Beatles’ first official recording session, EMI, Abbey Road, 1962
The Beatles during their first official recording session, EMI, Abbey Road, 1962
The Beatles with Little Richard, the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Liverpool, 1962
George with his guitars at the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, 1961
Paul, John and George on the top of the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, 1961, from George’s camera
Paul, John and George on the top of the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, 1961, from George’s camera
George in his bedroom at Upton Green, Liverpool, 1960, from George’s camera
George in The Beatles’ living quarters behind the Bambi Kino, Hamburg, 1960, from George’s camera
George in The Beatles’ living quarters behind the Bambi Kino, Hamburg, 1960, from George’s camera
The Beatles, the Star Club, Hamburg, 1962
John and George on stage at the Indra, Hamburg, 1960
George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, stand outside McCartney’s home January 1, 1960 in Liverpool, England
George performing at a wedding reception, 1958
Stuart Sutcliffe and George onstage with the Beatles at a club in Hamburg
George performing live onstage, playing Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet guitar, Cavern Club, January 01, 1962
The Beatles at the Cavern Club in November 1961, before Ringo, with Pete Best as drummer
The Beatles played at the Cavern Club, 1962
On the roof of Washington Hotel, 1963
The Beatles appeared five times on the BBC Light Programme’s radio show Here We Go (initially known as Teenager’s Turn – Here We Go). This was the final occasion, 1963.

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