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The band Tom Petty says was George Harrison’s “baby”

The band Tom Petty says was George Harrison’s “baby”

The band Tom Petty says was George Harrison’s “baby”
January 07
11:30 2022

From the day his name first appeared on a record to the day he died, George Harrison was destined to forever be associated with one band and one band only – The Beatles. However, Harrison didn’t actually help to form the band. He accepted an offer from Paul McCartney to try out, and he was conscripted as the band’s lead guitarist. Throughout his entire tenure, Harrison struggled to have his artistic voice heard, especially in the band’s final years.

Harrison’s experiences during the last days of The Beatles put him off forming his own band, like McCartney’s Wings or John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, after the Fab Four broke up in 1970. But by the late ’80s, Harrison began to envision a new group, one made up of friends who were easy to hang out with and featured full contributions from all involved. No power struggles, no tension – just good times and good music.

Harrison got the opportunity when he began working with Jeff Lynne on Harrison’s comeback LP Cloud Nine. Lynne represented the first piece of the puzzle, and each of them picked who they would want in the group. Harrison wanted Bob Dylan, while Lynne wanted Roy Orbison, with whom Lynne was recording Mystery Girl at the time. Harrison and Lynne also befriended Tom Petty, who backed up Dylan with the Heartbreakers during Dylan’s 1987 ‘Temples in Flames’ tour.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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