1966: The Beatles’ George Harrison marries Patricia Anne Boyd at the Esher Register Office, Surrey, England. Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney and Manager Brian Epstein are in attendance. Pattie, a fashion model, had been Harrison’s girlfriend since they met on the set of A Hard Day’s Night two years earlier.
Pattie went on to inspire many songs. Apparently, she was the inspiration for Harrison’s “Something”, “I Need You” and “For You Blue”.
Eventually, Pattie found her way into the arms of Eric Clapton, George’s best friend. Some friend. Pattie then inspired Clapton to write “Layla”, “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Wonderful Tonight”. Then George as the inspiration for “Isn’t it A Pity”.
She must be quite a woman. I wouldn’t know. I do know that she was responsible for a pretty great song cycle. They could have made a concept album.
She was married to George for 11 years, and to Eric for 10 years. Now I think she is single. I wonder what Mick Jagger thought of her? He could have been her next choice. Then Mick could have said she inspired “Bitch”.
Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Today: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me, was published in England (in the U.S. as Wonderful Tonight).
I could have picked any of those songs, but I chose this one: