The former wife of George Harrison, Pattie Boyd is in New York City right now “getting in the mood” to celebrate the Beatles’ 50th anniversary of arriving to America, and called in to talk to The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show about her famous marriage to George Harrison.
She tells us that her love affair with George began after she was cast as a schoolgirl in The Beatles film A Hard Days Night. She recalled her scene in the movie, saying that she was embarrassed about the part.
“I’m in the scene, I was playing the part of a schoolgirl, which was kind of thrilling, but also embarrassing,” she said. “Can you imagine, you’re going to meet the Beatles and I’m dressed up in a stupid schoolgirl’s uniform.”
It was after filming that scene in the film that George became infatuated with Pattie. She tells us that George asked her to go out to dinner that night after filming, but declined because she was dating another guy.
About a week later, Pattie was called back to film more scenes for the movie, and said she “suddenly thought, ‘hmm, do I really like my boyfriend?'” and decided to take George up on his offer.
“Then when I saw George, which was very lucky, he asked how the boyfriend was and I said ‘well, he’s no longer my boyfriend,’ and George said ‘oh great, let’s go out!'”
The two were married in 1966 and stayed together for eleven years. So what it was like to be married to a Beatle?
“When I was with George or any of The Beatles, I just saw them as people, you know, friends,” she said. “I couldn’t subject myself, take myself out of the situation and look back and think ‘oh my gosh I’m with the Beatles.’ It’s not like that.”
Years later, famously left George and began seeing another iconic musician – Eric Clapton. Pattie recently wrote about her high-profile marriages to George and Eric in her autobiography “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me.”
Pattie was also the inspiration behind Clapton’s hit “Layla,” which she says was thrilling but nerve wracking at the same time.
“Obviously it’s deeply, deeply flattering and nervous making at the same time, because I’m actually basically a pretty shy person, so knowing that I was going to have a lot of attention…I didn’t know how I felt about it,” she said. “But I mean of course, I was thrilled.”
Pattie also recalls what it was like first finding out about The Beatles before she met them saying she had “no idea they were going to take off in such an enormous way.” Listen to our full conversation with Pattie in the clip below.