George Harrison didn’t always enjoy his time in The Beatles. He had no desire to write songs early, so John Lennon and Paul McCartney took over. Eventually, George developed into a phenomenal songwriter. However, John and Paul still push George back, underestimate him, and sometimes treat him inferior. George thought it was difficult to work with and dominate Paul, while John prepared to replace George at the drop of a hat.
But it wasn’t all that much trouble during his time as a Beatle. On top of the band’s internal conflicts with each other, George did not enjoy the fame that came with being in one of the biggest bands in the world.
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According to daily mail, Paul treated George more like a “glory session-man” than a similar bandmate. Many outside the band saw how uncomfortable it could be for George’s wife, Patty Boyd, and in the studio. Let it be Producer Glyn Johns. Even fellow musicians like Peter Frampton saw how disappointed George was.
“I’ll put the paperback writer and say, ‘I love the guitar on that,’ and he’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s Paul.’ I put all these Beatles songs on it: ‘Oh, that’s Paul’. I didn’t realize until then that he was suppressed. It was very disappointing for George,” Frampton told the Daily Mail.
Johns saw George and Paul line up during the recording of “Two of Us” and it wasn’t pretty. At one point, an agitated George sarcastically told Paul, “I will do whatever pleases you.” Later, George advised the band to publish an advertisement in the newspapers as he was leaving. “It was very uncomfortable,” Johns said. “It was very unpleasant to see it start and be there soon after.”
But this wasn’t the first time George thought of leaving The Beatles. Being in the band began to strain him in the early 1960s.
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The Daily Mail writes that as early as 1965, George’s time in The Beatles was “a horror story … terrifying … manic … crazy, a nightmare”, which was described as “madness,” ‘terror’ and ‘paranoia’. ‘ was marked by . For George, Beatlemania was the real frenzy. He got through flights by “taking uppers and drinking whiskey and coke”. Soon George was afraid of planes, cars, airports and crowds.
After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, George was hesitant to drive on congested streets. “I was very nervous,” said George. “I didn’t like the idea of being too popular.”
Producer Ted Templeman said, “He often told me how scared he was in The Beatles, how he thought he was going to die.” “He had the horror of it, and it affected him a little bit overall.” Boyd would get calls from her then-husband saying that she and the band were locked in their hotel rooms. “They couldn’t go out, and the audience couldn’t hear them, and it all started to feel a little pointless,” she said.
When The Beatles traveled to Japan, snipers lined the roof of the hotel. The choice not to receive the President of the Philippines and his wife also turned out to be disastrous. The angry mob spit on him and greeted him. “He had a very bad experience in Manila and it was unforgettable for George,” Boyd said. “He was a very modest man, very mild, and the fear of being vulnerable to fans and madmen remained with him.”
Then there was John’s comment that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus. It prompted boycotts and death threats around the world. David Akomba, who filmed George’s 1974 solo tour, said, “George was constantly worried about the shootings.”
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When The Beatles stopped touring, George’s fears subsided for a while, until things inside the studio proved to be just as unstable on the outside. There was no point in remaining in the band then.
However, there has always been debate as to what sparked the band’s split. While George may have thought about leaving years before anyone else, Paul is under the impression that John inspired everyone else to leave.
BBC Radio 4’s . Speaking in a recent episode of this cultural life (Peru Snopes), Paul said, “I didn’t instigate the split. He was our Johnny.” It’s as if Paul was the only member who wanted the band to be together. “It was my band, it was my job, this was my life. Was. That’s why I wanted it to continue,” said Paul. However, Paul later stepped down in 1970.
Whoever initiated the breakup could have been by George long ago. Had he expressed his concerns and thrown in the towel tired of the mental toll of being in the world’s biggest band, The Beatles would have ended in 1966.