George Harrison Threatened Legal Action Over Ringo Starr’s Cover of His Song


In the early days of The Beatles, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were roommates, and while they didn’t spend too much time living together, they remained close. They often collaborated and visited with one another. Still, they didn’t always get along perfectly. Harrison threw a sizable wrench into their relationship when he had an affair with Starr’s wife. He also threatened legal action over Starr’s cover of his song by him. Though he’d given permission for Starr to cover it, Harrison reportedly wasn’t happy with the result.

Ringo Starr and George Harrison | Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

George Harrison praised Ringo Starr before they met

In 1960, The Beatles went to Hamburg and played many shows at several different clubs in the city. Here, they honored their skills as performers. In Germany, Harrison also became acquainted with Starr’s talent as a drummer, though he hadn’t met him yet.


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