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Paul McCartney pays tribute to George Harrison on 20th anniversary of his death

Elsewhere, Ringo Starr sent his "peace and love" to his late Beatles bandmate

By Tom Skinner

George Harrison in the studio in 'The Beatles: Get Back' documentary
George Harrison in the trailer for 'The Beatles: Get Back'. (CREDIT: Walt Disney Studios/Still).

Paul McCartney has paid tribute to George Harrison on the 20th anniversary of this death.

The legendary musician shared an old black-and-white photograph of himself with his former Beatles bandmate, who died of cancer on November 29, 2001. He was 58 years old.

“Hard to believe that we lost George 20 years ago,” McCartney captioned the image on social media. “I miss my friend so much. Love Paul.”

Elsewhere, Ringo Starr posted a photo of him and Harrison. “Peace and love to you George I miss you man,” he wrote. “Peace and love Ringo.”

You can see both tweets below.

Speaking in the aftermath of Harrison’s passing two decades ago, McCartney told reporters that he would “like to remember all the great times we had together”. “[He was] a lovely man and I love him dearly,” he said.

“His music will live on forever and his personality; he’s a very strong, loving man,” McCartney continued. “But he didn’t suffer fools gladly, as anyone who knew him will know. I think he’ll be remembered as a great man in his own right.”

Meanwhile, the making of The Beatles’ 1970 album ‘Let It Be’ is the subject of Peter Jackson’s new three-part documentary ‘The Beatles: Get Back’, which landed on Disney+ last week (November 25). The expansive project was pieced together from more than 60 hours of video footage and 150 hours of audio.

As previously reported, a secretly recorded conversation between John Lennon and Paul McCartney reveals the former’s “only regret” about his time in the Fab Four.

Earlier this month, a previously unheard 1968 track featuring Harrison and Starr was played for the first time after being unearthed in a Birmingham attic. Titled ‘Radhe Shaam’, the song was recorded by journalist Suresh Joshi at Trident Studios in London. The Beatles were in the building working on ‘Hey Jude’ at the time.

In other news, George Harrison’s childhood home recently went up for auction. The late guitarist is said to have rehearsed at the property with McCartney and John Lennon as The Quarrymen, their teenage group that later evolved into The Beatles.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “George will have learned to play the guitar in this house and the photos of the group gathering there in the early 1960s are amazing to see.”

‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is available to stream now on Disney+.