On this date in Hari-History July 26,1969 George Harrison did a series of advertisements through APPLE raising awareness of a Hare Krishna festival called Rathayatra, which means ‘chariot festival’ & has been held every year for thousands of years. Rathayatra’s origins began at Jagannatha Puri, in Orissa on India’s east coast. Rathayatra was later introduced to the West by ISKCON founder, His Grace, Lord Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco in 1967 and is still held annually in London.George had embraced ISKCON by 1969 and supported it and it’s founder, Prabhupada, using whatever resources he could to raise awareness of their culture and message. (Learn More)
Images: 1 & 2, George with Krishna devotees in 1969 3: Rathayatra in Haight Ashbury in 1968 . 4 & 5 : Rathayatra Festival in London in the early days and now
Today in Beatles History July 26,1964 The Beatles perform a concert at the Opera House, Blackpool
Mick Jagger birthday spam
"I was always a singer. I always sang as a child. I was one of those kids who just liked to sing. Some children sing in choirs; others like to show off in front of the mirror. I was in the church choir and I also loved listening to singers on the radio - the BBC or Radio Luxembourg - or watching them on TV and in the movies."
"I’m very country-influenced, from quite young. Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, so on. I heard those people, really, before I heard blues. Even Jim Reeves, Everly Brothers, and so on. Those kind of pop-country performers are very popular in England. Used to come along and play a lot on TV and their records would be around."
Mick Jagger birthday spam
"We belong to a generation that`s separate from any other. We believe in what we`re doing. We`re happy to have the kids screaming for us. It gets me down to think that a lot of them will one day disappear into the drab nest. I hope all of them won`t. If only the whole world could stay young."
Mick Jagger birthday spam
"I enjoy changing personalities. Yeah, honestly I feel I`ve got to be very… chameleon-like just to preserve my own identity… I don`t feel threatened by (the) possible eventuality (of losing touch with myself). I don`t want to have just one front. I feel like I need at least two just to carry on doing what I`m doing comfortably. It`s acting, sure it is… that`s what it obviously comes down to. It just gives me the facility to do practically anything I want, see, and even then the most drastic changes of personality don`t really affect me `cause I never feel the need to do them that often. It`s all part of being a rock & roll star, after all."
Happy Birthday goes out today to the legendary rocker Michael Phillip ‘Mick’ Jagger born today in 1943. Love you forever Mick!
"We knew (the Beatles) by then and we were rehearsing and Andrew brought Paul and John down to the rehearsal. They said they had this tune, they were really hustlers then. I mean the way they used to hustle tunes was great: Hey Mick, we`ve got this great song. So they played I Wanna Be Your Man and we thought it sounded pretty commercial, which is what we were looking for, so we did it like Elmore James or something. I haven`t heard it for ages but it must be pretty freaky `cause nobody really produced it… It was completely crackers, but it was a hit and sounded great onstage."
This video is courtesy of Radio.com Minimation and was taken from a 1984 interview with Paul McCartney (WNEW-FM 102.7 NYC, now WWFS) where he talks about how George disliked doing media interviews or any type of press. The above video was created for Radio.com by Elliot Lobell.
“He doesn’t really like doing interviews, I mean, sometimes, it can be a pressure. You’d wanna be out playing in the park and then you’ve got to sit and do an interview. and George was always a little bit more forthright on that than the rest of us, he’d just say, ‘I don’t want to do it.’”
"He’s not just some kind of a crazy recluse who lives up in some place and guards himself from the world. He’s got a lot of friends and amongst all those friends he’s quite gregarious. He likes gardening more than music these days. If that’s what his bag is, you’ve got to allow him. You can’t say, ‘You’re a musician, you shall not garden….."
Here Comes The Sun/The Bells Of Rhymney/Mr Tambourine Man medley performed by George Harrison & Jeff Lynne from 1988 ..this, like everything else George did, is simply…..amazing!!!!!!! I love the medley he does here as a tribute to The Byrds (and I’m sure Dylan too) and how he says, ‘Jim McQuinn, we love ya!’
this song is so calming to me. I thought of it today all during work and have played it already for friends who aren’t fans and they love it. Besides the part where he says ‘Jim McQuinn we love ya!’ I also love the very end where he says in a firm but sweet voice, ‘it’s alright’ Trust me, this is amazing stuff.
JOHN LENNON — I’M THE GREATEST (nothing left to be said….he is!) and yep this is Johnny’s version of the song he gave to Ringo which he wrote in 1970 after The Beatles had broken up. I read somewhere that he wrote it in December of 1970 after watching the airing of ‘A Hard Days Night’ on BBC1 tv. John would later give it to Ringo in 1973 and recording for Ringo’s version took place in March of 1973 in Los Angeles.
John’s first demo was recorded in Tittenhurst Park at his home studio in late 1970, most likely, December. Then another recording was made at Ascot Sound Studios during the ‘Power To The People’ sessions which took place in February of 1971,
"It’s the Muhammad Ali line, you know. I couldn’t sing it, but it was perfect for Ringo. He could say ‘I’m the greatest’ and people wouldn’t get upset. Whereas if I said ‘I’m the greatest,’ they’d all take it so seriously."
—-John Lennon, 1980
All We Are Saying, David Sheff