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.