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George Harrison’s secret trip to US before Beatlemania hit

George Harrison’s secret trip to US before Beatlemania hit

George Harrison’s secret trip to US before Beatlemania hit
February 17
13:53 2018

George Harrison made a secret trip to the US incognito five months before Beatlemania crossed the pond, his estranged sister has revealed.

The music legend slipped into the country in September 1963 without fanfare, travelled the Midwest and played with a local band.

It was the last time that the Beatle, who would have celebrated his 75th birthday on February 25, felt ‘like a normal human being’, said 86-year-old Louise Harrison.

George Harrison made a secret trip to the US incognito five months before Beatlemania crossed the pond, revealed his 86-year-old sister (pictured) who runs a Beatles tribute band

George Harrison made a secret trip to the US incognito five months before Beatlemania crossed the pond, revealed his 86-year-old sister (pictured) who runs a Beatles tribute band

WORLDLY POSSESSIONS: THE WEALTH OF GEORGE HARRISON

  • When George Harrison died in 2001 he left the vast majority of his $300 million fortune to his wife Olivia and son Dhani.
  • He gave 10 percent to the Hare Krishna faith he famously embraced in the 1960s.
  • His assets included a series of properties around the world, including one on Hamilton Island in Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef, and a secluded ocean-front home on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
  • He also owned Friar Park – a 120-room mansion in Henley-on-Thames, where he was stabbed by a crazed intruder in 1999.
  • His estate also included the rights to his hit songs, including My Sweet Lord – which was part of his mega-hit triple album, All Things Must Pass.

Louise, who lives in a trailer near Branson, rural Missouri, and relies on welfare payments, struggles to make ends meet managing a Beatles cover band since her brother’s death in 2001.

She revealed that she hadn’t been told about his terminal illness or the terrible pain he suffered until two weeks before he passed away aged 58 after a long battle with lung cancer.

He had been living at his 120-room home in Henley-on-Thames with his wife Olivia and son Dhani.

Olivia kept her and George’s other siblings in the dark about his medical issues for years, she said.

But further heartache was to come.

Despite the star being worth more than $300 million when he died, Louise said she was cut off from the family and her $2,000-a-month pension was stopped.

She was not given a reason why the allowance terminated by Olivia or the couple’s son Dhani, but knows she would still be receiving the money if he was still alive.

‘I don’t care about the money, it’s been over ten years and I haven’t made any ripples,’ she previously said.

Louise, who lived in the United States when The Beatles hit the big time in the UK in the 1960s, helped the band make a name for itself in the United States by trying to get their songs on the radio

She got their hit From Me To You played on Chicago's WLS radio on February 25, 1963

Louise (pictured in earlier years), who moved to the US more than 50 years ago, says her brother’s low-key trip was far different to the lifestyle he had when Beatlemania broke out in America during the 1960s

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