The Beatles’ explosive confession from George Harrison to Billy Connolly
George Harrison, who died 22 years ago from cancer, was a huge supporter of the comedy industry. The Beatles star co-founded HandMade Films, which produced classics like Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Withnail and I. It’s no wonder then that he struck up close friendships with comedians like Sir Billy Connolly. The 80-year-old Scotsman has some funny and sometimes revealing private conversations with the music legend back in the day.
Speaking previously with The Adam Buxton Podcast, Billy said he never had the chance to meet John Lennon, but admitted: “I’m friends with all the other Beatles. I like George Harrison. He’s not my favorite, none of them are my favorite.
“I treasure my friendship with them. George was a lovely man. I spent a lot of time with him. Much more than the others. I remember we went to eat Chinese food in the East End of London and a waiter came out and served us.”
Billy continued: “[The waiter] He came back on scrambled feet and said, ‘I think there’s someone here I should meet.’ One of the guys with us pointed to George and said, ‘I used to play for Manchester United. [The waiter] He said, ‘Great, can I have your autograph?’
“George signed it. He left quite happy. And the waiter came back and asked me something. And I said, ‘Okay, man. And I turned to George and said, ‘I love it, man, you don’t have to learn anybody’s name. Just call them man.’” That’s when Harrison made the confession to him.
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Billy added: “George said, ‘It’s good to be a man.’ And I said, ‘I guess it is, it’s very nice.’ He said: ‘We were the boys for so long. It was fun to see her side of it. He was not allowed to be a man”.
So it turns out that the Beatles were forbidden to be real men and had to maintain the appearance of boys for their young female fans. Buxton also asked Billy what kind of Beatles questions he would ask Harrison. The comedian responded, “Yeah, just about songs. They did not realize that he was a writer ”.
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