George Harrison’s father was not thrilled with his son’s choice of profession.


After World War II, most adults in England wanted calm and quiet.

They wanted their children to go into practical careers that earned a decent living. So you can imagine what George Harrison‘s father, Harold Harrison, thought when his son started pursuing a music career instead of going into a good trade like his siblings.

Thankfully, George was fortunate enough to prove his father wrong. Having a successful music career was possible.

George Harrison’s parents initally supported his love of music

At a young age, George developed a love for music. When he got back from school, he’d turn on the family gramophone and play hits from Jimmie Rodgers, Big Bill Broonzy, Slim Whitman, as well as English music hall tunes. He made up his own songs too.

But when George was 10, his mother, Louise, allowed him to buy a beginner’s guitar from a boy at school for 3 pounds, 10 shillings, which was a lot of money back then.

According to Joshua Greene’s Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, it wasn’t just George’s mother who supported his love of music. Harold was the one who arranged for his son to get his first lessons.

“His father had a friend who ran a pub and played guitar, and he showed George how to finger chords to tunes from the twenties and thirties such as ‘Dinah’ and ‘Whispering,’” Greene wrote. George practiced until his fingers bled and the cheap guitar’s neck bent. Louise often stayed up all night with her frustrated son as he practiced. She reassured him that he’d get better with time, and, of course, he did.

Soon music became George’s entire world, and his father started to second guess his decision of getting his son guitar lessons.

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George Harrison’s father was concerned about his career choice

Harold was a very hard worker. He scheduled every bus in Liverpool, which involved 6,000 buses and 80 different routes. Harold wanted his children to become equally great workers and “productive members of their community.” But when he realized that all his youngest son cared about was music, he began to get concerned.

“As a young man, before joining the Liverpool bus company, Harold Harrison had trained to be a bursar for the Cunard Steamship Lines,” Greene wrote. “Then he saw how much more… Brinkwire Entertainment short news.


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