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This is why you should NEVER cut your hair with an electric carving knife…
Julia, I was coming to comment on his hair too! It’s one of the shortest styles he’s ever cut his hair! And in 1972! His especially scruffy years. I’m surprised, George.
These photos were taken May 9, 1972 of Pattie and George catching a flight with Ringo & Maureen to the Cannes Film Festival. George had decided to cut his hair short since part of his head had been shaved for his stitches following the Feb. 28, 1972 car crash.
Aha! That’s it, Lynn. I knew there had to be an explanation. I completely forgot about that accident. Thanks for the info!
I’d forgotten about that car crash. Sorry I laughed at your hurr, George!
I did’n know he was in such a terrible accident until I saw a shocking picture of him with his face covered with blood. Do anybody know how the accident happented?
Lyn, you are usurping “datey” here. well done !
BLJ, I read somewhere that there was a massive blackout throughout the London area, and all the street lights were out on a main road George and Pattie were driving on. I think I remember the road was closed off at one point and he didn’t notice, and drove through the barriers blocking off the rest of the road. I could have totally just had a dream like that though..
I’ve seen photos from the accident of his car and of Pattie unconscious. The one you are talking about is the one of George riding in an ambulance with blood all over his head and face. Looks like it definitely hurt.
Leah, thanks for letting me know how it happened.
I also heard that Pattie was in a coma for a week. They were lucky they came out of it alive at that time.
I also heard that about Pattie, BLJ. I tried thumbing through her book today for more answers, but as far as I remember she doesn’t even mention it.
This is the info I have posted in my Pattie Boyd group regarding the car crash from the 1972 timeline file:
February 28, 1972 – In the late evening George and Pattie left their Henley home, Friar Park, in their white Mercedes en route to London to attend a Ricky Nelson party. George’s reckless driving nearly cost them their lives. Just a few days after the year long driving ban had been lifted on George’s license he drove recklessly at 90 mph in the dark during an electrical blackout on a road under construction. At around midnight as they approached a recently opened roundabout George collided with a lamppost on a center barrier. Pattie was knocked unconscious when her head hit the windshield and she slumped over on the gear shift lever. George, with a bleeding head wound, had to climb over Pattie to get out of her door and signal for help. George and Pattie were immediately taken by ambulance to Maidenhead Hospital where they were treated for their injuries in the casualty department. George received stitches and was discharged from the hospital. Pattie was more seriously injured with a bad concussion and broken ribs. She was transferred to the nearby Nuffield Nursing Home in Fulmer, Slough for observation.
February 29, 1972 – In the morning the Nuffield Nursing Home announced that Pattie was “quite comfortable” following the car accident the night before. Pattie remained under the care of the nursing home for two weeks recuperating from her concussion and broken ribs. George returned to Friar Park after being released from the hospital and was ordered to appear before magistrates over the incident on July 12, 1972. The Harrison’s white Mercedes was a total loss.
July 12, 1972 – George appeared before the magistrates in Maidenhead,
Berkshire, to explain his car crash on February 28th. He told the court: “I hit a
motorway interchange crash barrier because I did not see the warning sign.” George was later found guilty of careless driving and was fined £20. In addition his license was endorsed for the second time.
Oh George! Anyone know why he was initially banned from driving before the accident? He was a pretty reckless driver from other accounts I’ve heard, including Paul. And his own memory as well!
I remember an interview from 1964 where a reporter asked about his “fender-bender”, in which George replied that the accident was definitely not his fault because he is a good driver. Ah.. don’t we all think that!
About George’s 1971 driving ban:
January 25, 1971 – At the Wells Street Magistrates Court in London, George Harrison, through his solicitor, pled guilty to “driving without reasonable consideration” in the West End of London on Sept. 3, 1969, when he drove his Mercedes car against the legs of a policeman who was signaling him to stop. The magistrate, Mr. Iain McClean, postponed sentencing until February 23rd because George had “lost his driving license.”
. . . and while George was banned from driving –
February 1971 – A fan named Vicky went George-watching at Abbey Road Recording Studios during recording sessions for Badfinger produced by George. One day she saw George arrive with Pattie in her red Mercedes. It was an amusing little incident. Pattie had trouble maneuvering her way into the parking lot, but George, as calm as ever, simply reached over and helped her to turn the wheel just enough to prevent any damage occurring to her car and the others parked close by. There seemed to be a deep love between the two. George got out of the car and waited for Pattie. He put his arm around her and together they went up the steps and into the studio. It was a rare sight to see Pattie down at EMI.
February 23, 1971 – While the Beatles case continued in the High Courts, George‘s
solicitor, Mr. Martin Polden, represented him at the Wells Street Magistrates Court in London concerning the charge of “driving without reasonable consideration“ postponed from January 25th. At the end of the hearing George was fined £35 and banned from driving for a year. He was also ordered to pay £15 costs. Polden later filed an appeal against the disqualification.
WHAT! That is not very funny, but sort of is. I kind of giggled. I love the guy to death, but he definitely had a temper that one. Screw authority!
Affection between George and Pattie in 1971!? OMG! And, wow. He literally got his license back just a few days before the accident! I think in the Anthology he used to say that he’d race John because they had the same car. And that he was scared because John was such a bad driver.. Mmmhhm..
By the way, what is the link to your Pattie Boyd group?
Something About Pattie Boyd:
The files with the chronological timeline were mostly done before Pattie’s book was published and still need a lot of updating. There are links on the main page for the two other Pattie Boyd groups also.
Wow,thanks Lynn for the info. I had no idea what happened but now I know.
So, George was a speed demon.
He’s not quite a master at going faster.
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