George Harrison bonded with many people in his life, including one person that some fans may not know about; John Oates of the Hall & Oates group. The ex-Beatle was easy to talk to and get to know. That is why he had so many friends who longed for his company.
If he thought a person was worth getting to know, that person quickly found out. Oates already had one in; he and George had a mutual friend. The couple soon started talking. Music wasn’t the first thing they talked about, though, not when they loved race cars as much as they loved each other.
John Oates said he had a connection with George Harrison about race cars and The Rutles
George was the kind of guy who could smoke marijuana one day with Martin Short at a party, and talk about God and play ukulele all night long with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Eric Idle, or anyone else in his inner circle. the The next.
He was also the type of guy who liked to see his friends on the track. George was good friends with the famous race car driver Jackie Stewart. They attached themselves to the cars and the spiritual feeling you get when you race them.
The race track is also where George met Oates. Stewart was the one who introduced them. “George and I had become friends through our mutual love for Formula 1 racing. I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to cars, and I mostly knew him from that different context,” Oates told Leo Weekly.
After that first meeting, George invited Oates to his Friar Park home. However, Oates told YouTuber Tom Cridland that they weren’t even talking about music. “We were talking about cars and stuff,” Oates said, “which I think was refreshing for him, you know, that our friendship wouldn’t be based on ‘Hey, let’s play, let’s write a song together.’ Which I’m sure was swamped.
“What was really cool was when he was living in Los Angeles, and we were recording in 1978 or 1977, we were recording an album called ‘Along the Red Ledge’, and I’d kept in touch with him, and he invited Daryl and I went to his house to watch the movie ‘The Rutles’.
“George produced it and he was very proud of it. It was so funny to go to his house and see this broadcast of The Beatles and describe all things with him… It was so surreal.”
Oats and Daryl Hall’s visit to George would be even more surreal.
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Oates and George worked on a song together, but it was an afterthought
Hall and Oates asked George to stop by during their visit to play their new record. George had appeared on albums by other artists before, so this would have been no different. George agreed, only if there was no fuss about it. He just wanted to play.
George eventually added some guitar to the album’s track, “The Last Time”.
oats stayed Cridland: “So when we got there, we said, ‘Hey, George, we’re making an album. Do you want to play on it?’ He said, “Oh, yeah, but I just want to be in the band. I don’t want any special treatment, I just want to come down and play with the band.”
“So he did. He came down, and I was playing acoustic guitar, and he was so happy to be in the band and not like, you know, being on the spot. “Okay, George, come on, you gotta do your classic slide guitar solo,” you know?
“He loved it, he hung out with the band all day, shot the shit, and you know, played, and it was great. He was a really great person and I miss him.”
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Oates said the people of Philadelphia didn’t want to listen to the early Beatles music
Before meeting George, Oates was a huge Beatles fan. Although, he and his fellow Philadelphians didn’t really enjoy the group in their early days.
“When they were in Philadelphia when they hit in the early ’60s, there was a real backlash,” Oates explained in Salon’s podcast, “Everything Fab Four.”
“There were radio stations that wouldn’t play them. It had to do with teenage dances. Kids couldn’t dance to the Beatles. So there was a weird negativity towards their early stuff. And being a teenager [at that time]“I was right with them. I listened to [Motown acts]. So the Beatles didn’t mean much to me at first.”
Oats didn’t really start listening to The Beatles until they released more experimental albums like Rubber sole. Their music had changed then and they had become more artistic. It caught Oats’ attention. Years later, Oates was able to make music with a Beatle. What are the chances of that?
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