One more reason to love stripes.

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Spotty Ball!

I’ve seen several pics from this little slice of time in which the Boys are playing with a ball, Magical Mystery Tour era. George by far seems the most athletic in these pics, leaping up for the ball and scrambling after it. Strictly adorable.

Stripes n’ Ruffles…

I completely forgot what this picture is from..I want to say it’s a premiere in France, for a film in which George performed the soundtrack. Anyone?

Rangy.

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I’ve read that George was often very uncomfortable about how thin he was, and didn’t care to be seen without a shirt. There’s a rather sweet passage in The White Book dealing with this. George and Pattie heard guests arriving at their house while they were out lounging by their pool. George quickly grabbed a long sleeved shirt from a chair and put it on, and the guests thought nothing of it. Later, out of earshot of George, Pattie explained to the guests that George was embarrassed about his slimness and didn’t really want to be seen without his shirt.

I admit, he’s pretty gangly here(I’m guessing he probably grew even thinner once he became a vegetarian), but he had great arms.

I am 99% certain this is from a photo session that eventually gave us the psychedelic images of The Beatles. Here is George’s:

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“It’s a bit tight around the….uh..hips.”

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(left, the suit’s 1967 debut; right, its  return from the closet in 1988)

George’s single “When We Was Fab” from his smash comeback album Cloud Nine was not only an amusing song, but was accompanied by a weird, wacky, wonderful video. Directed by Godley and Creme, this quirky little film shows George, among true oddities such as having eight arms, wearing his original Sergeant Pepper costume.

I saw a truly adorable clip of George talking about wearing this suit. Now, I might add that if you look at the old Beatles stage costumes from way back when, especially when you see them up close in a museum, it’s amazing how tiny they are. They’re small. They’re tight. Itty little things. The Pepper costumes seem a tad more loose, but still, these Fab fellows, especially George, were thin. Young George was incredibly narrow and his suit was of course tailored to fit. In the  interview talking about the “Fab” video, an older,heavier George impishly explained that “Yes, it’s the real suit. But we had to shoot it from far away because it’s a bit..tight around the, uh…hips, and I kept popping out of it.”

The eight-armed George was created through the magic of special effects and a sort of puppetry feat. And this is where it gets interesting; In a 90’s  interview I watched long ago of Godley & Creme, the two explained that a headless, armless form of George was actually cast, dressed, mounted on a wall and these people stuck their limbs through it, being all George’s arms. George’s head,filmed separately, was put on in post production. For the shots involving only his head, George had to sit completely still and not move his head as he lip-synched the song, and actually got very exhausted,nearly dozing off,while doing it. Funny how hard it can be to keep still for that long.:) No explanation was given about the legs, however; they very deftly bring themselves up into a lotus position at the end of the video; George was able to do this, but who knows if those are his legs and/or if they were put on in post production.

(Does this mean a plaster cast was actually made of George’s body to make the model? Who has it? Where is it?That would be an interesting souvenir, no doubt.)

Also in the “Fab” video,Ringo appears, and although Paul was not available to appear in the video, a person in a walrus costume playing left-handed bass(referencing Paul) is shown jamming with Harrison while Ringo drums. Also making brief cameos are Gary Wright, Elton John, Derek Taylor, Jeff Lynne, Ray Cooper and Neil Aspinall. John Lennon, who died in 1980, is represented by a passer-by carrying his Imagine album.

Have a look!

Just a laugh.

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Notice how much straighter Geo’s teeth are in this pic–alas, the fangs seem to be disappearing. But it’s still a great shot of George in a moment of amusement.

Nice hur.

Is it my imagination or is his nose sunburned here? Anyway, this is a very nice pic of George from the mid-sixties. Poor thing still was having some skin troubles, though. I feel your pain, George!

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I also have an amusing confession to make. I was at my favorite thrift store yesterday afternoon, and they had a bunch of human hair wigs, falls and extentions. They often have a lot of those. Anyway, they were all still in their plastic cases and obviously hadn’t been used.They were all fresh and clean and pristine. There was one wig, I swear, it was like a REAL Beatle wig, and not just any Beatle wig, but it had the right thickness and  color that matches this photo perfectly. I took it out and petted it.Needless to say, it was rather tempting to buy. But I held back. Actually, I stuck it back in the package and kinda made an effort to stay away from it(whistles innocently).

George,Mal, a fellow I can’t remember, and George’s..Jacket.

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Pimp it, baby.