George Harrison was born on 25 February 1943 in a tiny ‘two up, two down’ house on Arnold Grove, a cul-de-sac in the Wavertree area of Liverpool.
He was the youngest of four siblings, with a sister Louise (born 1931) and two brothers, Harry (1934) and Peter (1940).
George’s parents were Louise and Harold Harrison, Roman Catholics with Irish roots. His father was a bus conductor who had worked as a ship’s steward on the White Star Line, and his mother was a shop assistant in Liverpool.
I remember tiptoeing up the stairs to see him after he was born, All I could think of was that he looked remarkably like me.
Some sources list George’s birth date as 24 February, but his birth certificate specified the following day as the true date.
The Harrisons lived at 12 Arnold Grove until 1950, when the family moved to 25 Upton Green in Liverpool’s Speke area. George’s first school was Dovedale Road, near to Penny Lane. Like Paul McCartney, he passed his 11 Plus exam and attained a place at the Liverpool Institute for Boys. He remained there from 1954 to 1959.
A poor student, Harrison left school without any qualifications. He instead formed a skiffle group, The Rebels, with his brother Peter and a friend, Arthur Kelly.