Nov 12, 2001: George, Paul, Ringo Meet For Last Time

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McCartney, Ringo, Harrison

Ringo, Paul and George in a photo taken several years’ earlier

At a Manhattan hotel room, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined their ill bandmate George Harrison for the last time on November 12, 2001. The Beatles guitarist had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and was treated with radiotherapy.

Four years later, he had an operation to remove a cancerous growth from his lung. That November, he traveled to New York to begin receiving radiotherapy as the cancer had spread to his brain.

Paul and Ringo came to George’s hotel room for lunch. Sadly, Harrison would succumb to the illness just 17 days later at a home in Los Angeles, said to be rented by – and then subsequently owned – by Paul McCartney. “The Quiet Beatle” was just 58.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include this classic clip.

Related: Harrison is the subject of a 2023 biography

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  1. Da Mick
    #1 Da Mick 13 November, 2021, 08:37

    Aside from some of their own classic recordings, one of the greatest gifts these three guys gave us in these post-Beatle years was getting together to record those two post-Beatle Beatle recordings that they made from those Lennon work tapes that Ono gave to them. Though the initial tapes with Lennon’s voice on them were pretty rough, Jeff Lynne’s magical recording mastery combined with the talents of Paul, George and Ringo created those wonderful, finished songs that sounded like “true” Beatles songs of another age. They still move me when I hear them and love them. Thank you, boys.

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