There are many music artists around the world however, only a few are listed as one the greatest. And these two musicians George Harrison and Ringo Starr from the Beatles are also listed among the greatest musicians of all time. Harrison was the lead guitarist of the band while Ringo was the drummer.
And I am confident that the Beatles need no introduction, it was and is still one of the greatest bands, and even though the Beatles got disbanded their music is loved and played even today after many decades. There is no other band like the Beatles and they are one of the best-selling bands of all time because they sold around 600 million units globally.
The Beatles produced many songs and several of them are globally popular, few of those songs include Hey Jude, All You Need Is Love, Here Comes the Sun, Strawberry Fields Forever, Help!, Yesterday, Don’t Let Me Down, and many more.
Unfortunately, the Beatles broke up back in 1970. Like every other members’ Harrison pursued a solo music career and he was really successful doing solo as well. Sadly Harrison passed away at the age of 58 years old on November 29, 2001. He died after years of battle with cancer.
His fans were really curious to know more about the music artist after his death and one of the many questions they asked was what was his last or final words to his bandmate, Ringo Starr. Well, it is really fortunate that Ringo has shared the quiet Beatle’s final words with him. We will discuss that further in the article.
The quiet Beatle
If you have ever watched the interview with Harrison then you would know why he was named the quiet Beatle. It was already heartbreaking after the frontman of the Beatles, John Lennon brutal murder and with Harrison’s passing, fans were devasted.
And obviously not only the fans but Harrison’s friends and family as well. A year after Harrison’s tragic death, the remaining band members Paul McCartney and Ringo were joined by Harrison’s son Dhani and they did a tribute concert for their beloved friend. Furthermore, this concert remains one of the greatest tribute celebrations ever.
This event was also a charity event that was organized by Harrison’s widow and the Material World Charitable Foundation got the profits from the concerts. Moreover, this concert’s musical director was one of the most iconic musicians and Harrison’s close friend Eric Clapton. Furthermore, many other bands and artists including Pink Floyd, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and many others.
Ringo Starr reveals George Harrison’s final words to him
Although Harrison died in California, he was in Switzerland a few weeks before his death. And according to Ringo, Harrison was very sick, and the only thing he could do was to lay in his bed. In the video below you can watch Ringo talking about the last time, he met Harrison.
He says, “The last weeks of George’s life, he was living in Switzerland, and I went to see him. He was very ill. He could only lay down. And while he was being ill and I had come to see him, I was going to Boston ‘cos my daughter had a brain tumour. I said, I got to go to Boston.” Ringo then revealed that the final words from Harrison he heard were, “D’ya want me to come with ya?”
He further said, “that’s the incredible side of George.” We can see Ringo tear up in the video which shows that he really misses his pal. After getting emotional Ringo immediately jokes just to keep his emotion in control.
Ringo Starr says he’s an old crybaby
It is pretty clear that George was not just a friend to Ringo but he was like a brother to him and it was really painful for him that he could not be with George in his last days. And it seems to bother Ringo a lot. While talking about the time he got a call about Harrison’s death, Ringo said, “I’m emotional now thinking of him 40 years ago talking about me on his tape and thinking of me.” He further added, “The four of us were great friends with a couple of side issues. And it was far out. So anyway, I didn’t know how to act. And then I got back to L.A., and I grieved, and then of course you always go through the grief.”
After Harrison’s death, Ringo flew to Los Angeles, remembering that day Ringo told, “then I got back to L.A., and I grieved, and then, of course, you always go through the grief. And George, the same. I’m such an old crybaby. He’s laying there very ill — not long. And I’ve got to go to Boston, cause my daughter’s having an operation. And so I said, Well, you know, I’ve got to go, George, and he says, Do you want me to come with you? You know, he’s dying in a bit: Do you want me to come with you? How many people say great things like that to you, really give themselves?”
Ringo not only paid a tribute to his friend in a concert but also wrote a song along with Marl Hudson and Gary Nicholson for Harrison. Ringo released a tribute song Never Without You in 2003 and this song was a part of Starr’s studio album Ringo Rama.
The same year he released the album, he talked about this tribute track and said, “Gary Nicholson started that song, and Mark brought it over, and we realised we could tailor it. George was really on my mind then.” Furthermore, Harrison’s close friend Eric Clapton also worked on this track, the guitar part was done by Clapton. So we can say that both Ringo and Clapton paid tribute to their buddy through this track. Moreover, they will never forget about Harrison and neither will we, we all will always be remembering him and listening to his music, the legendary musician is gone but never forgotten.