This Historic Day In Music: George Harrison

The cover story in the November, 1987 issue of Guitar Player magazine was written by then-Editor-At-Large, Dan Forte and was titled: “The Jungle Music & Posh Skiffle of George Harrison.”

In the lenghty interview section of the article, Mr. Forte asked Mr. Harrison: “What first attracted you to take up the guitar?”

Mr. Harrison answered: “My earliest recollection is that my dad used to go away to sea in the merchant navy, and sometime when I was a little boy he brought a wind-up gramophone that he bought in New York, and he had all these records. The old 78s with the big needles. And he had Jimmie Rodgers. And I just loved that – just the sound of those old acoustic guitars recorded really roughly.”

“Then there was this big skiffle craze happening for a while in England – which was Lonnie Donegan. He set all them kids on the road. Everybody was in a skiffle group. Lonnie was into, like, Lonnie Johnson and Lead Belly – those kind of tunes. But he did it in this sort of very accessible way for kids. We all just got started on that. You only needed two chords: jing-jinga-jing, jing-jinga-jing.”

“And I think that is bascially where I’ve always been at. I’m just a skiffler, you know. Now I do ‘posh skiffle.’ That’s all it is. It’s just posh skiffle.”

George Harrison was born this day, February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, England.

He passed away on November 29, 2001.

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1 Response to This Historic Day In Music: George Harrison

  1. TPS says:

    Jimmie Rodgers…. “The singing brakeman”. My dad loved him….And we loved George.
    As he is the youngest Beatle, all would now be in their 70’s…. I remember reading in a “pop” magazine as a kid (so, who knows if it’s really true), they quoted John Lennon saying in reply to how long they would play together, “….Who wants a croaking Beatle at 80?…” or something to that effect. I wonder how Paul would reflect on that quote now…?

    Happy Birthday Mr. Skiffler….

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