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Subject: RE: George
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 4:50:14 PM
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Depends on what you mean by that. He was a good guitar player, but he owed everything to Lennon and McCartney. Unlike Keith Richards, who owed his fame to Jagger and Jones, Richards still would had made it in Rock music without them, not anywhere as big, but I think we still would had at least known who he was in the '60s. With Harrison, I don't think that would had been the case had he not known McCartney. He wasn't a great lead guitarist, but he did fill the role in the band, although Lennon and McCartney were both as good and in some ways, even better guitarists than he. The two of them could had played all of the instruments in the Beatles and been the only regular members and they would had been just as popular and great with out the other two.
I think there are just too many variables for us to be able to determine who would have "made" it and who wouldn't have had things been different. Precisely because things would have been different.
The only one who was highly motivated to succeed in the early days of the Stones was Brian. Mick was going to LSE and had a future ahead of him. Keith seemed content to bide his time. Charlie and Bill had jobs. Had Brian not been there, maybe Keith would have gotten into music seriously at some point, maybe not. There is no way to know.
As for George, I still think you're underrating his contributions. But we're talking about personal opinions here. I don't see anything wrong with his guitar work. Most of the songs he wrote are good, some are excellent and a couple are outstanding. But since you point out what a decent human being he was (no argument there), I'll add this: he had to deal with two overblown, oversized egos (John and Paul). I'm thinking that George's personality had a soothing effect on those two, and that the rift between the two would have occurred sooner with anyone other than George in the position of Beatle #3. But that, of course, is pure speculation on my part.
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