What a handsome young devil he was! At the end of this month, George would have been 68 years old. Hard to imagine, looking at this photograph.
I'm reading an interesting biography of George Harrison at the moment -- The Quiet One: A Life of George Harrison by Alan Clayson (1996) -- and George was certainly both an interesting personality in his own right and central to the Beatles' sound and collective persona. Clearly, the band before it became famous wasn't just about John and Paul. One thing that might surprise some readers of this blog was the frequency with which George was called on to sing the lead vocal during the early Hamburg and Liverpool days of the band when they had to play for hours at a time.
A fan of American rockabilly guitarist and singer Carl Perkins, George naturally chose to include many of Perkins' songs in the Beatles' own setlists. One Carl Perkins tune that George liked to sing early on was Your True Love, recorded at Sun Records during late 1956-early 1957. Click on the highlighted link to hear the original version of the song.
Sadly, there is no known recording of the Beatles themselves performing Your True Love, but it's easy enough to close your eyes and imagine a 17- or 18-year old George stepping to the microphone late one night at the Indra, the Kaiserkeller, or the Top Ten Club in Hamburg to sing it to an audience of sailors, gangsters, prostitutes, street toughs, and, of course, the gang of 'Exis,' who took the band to heart. Enjoy!