George Harrison Tape Singing John Lennon Beatles Songs In India Is Legit
A tape of George Harrison performing several of John Lennon’s classic Beatles songs in April 1996 while in India is definitely real, according to a top Beatles expert. Beatles Examiner reported on the 45-minute tape featuring "an impromptu jam session with musicians at the Taj Holiday Village in Goa, India" that failed to sell at auction back in 2010. The site posted: "The music begins 11 minutes into the tape. On the tape, Harrison sings ‘A Hard Day's Night,’ ‘You're Going To Lose That Girl’ and ‘Norwegian Wood.’" Throughout the tape, Harrison is coaching the musicians on the chord changes to the songs.
Legendary collector and famed radio promo man, Dave Morrell, who's just published the first in a series of memoirs showcasing his life in rock, Horse-Doggin': The Morrell Archives Volume 1, heard the tape and described its content to Examiner, saying, "It's a wonderful listen. George teaches the others (the restaurant house band) a new song he's working on. They struggle. He's patient. When it doesn't come together, George starts by saying, 'Here's a Beatles number.' George is heard talking to the fellows. Then one hands him something that sounds like a ukulele. George then starts that song that the ‘Threetles’ do in (The Beatles) Anthology (likely 'Dehra Dhun'). Then they join in with him. He then starts to show them a new song he thinks they all can learn and it goes on and on and on. Then, 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' and the one that sent me to the moon!, 'Norwegian Wood!!’"
The festivities soon end when Harrison realizes he being bootlegged: "Then he notices someone is recording it and he scolds them. He says that always happens and he hates getting ripped off. So he stops, signs the guitar and it ends."
Although George Harrison was thought to be a bit of a hermit during his post-Beatles years, he explained that nothing could be further from the truth: "I just didn't go places where the press hang out and there was no point doing interviews because there was nothing really to say. That's how I got that Howard Hughes sort of image, because they just thought, 'Oh, well, he never goes out.' They said, 'He never goes out' -- but I go out all the time. I just don't go out and hang out in the nightclubs or wherever the press go."