Feb 13, 2014

GEORGE HARRISON’S SISTER RECALLS HIS VISIT PRE-BEATLEMANIA

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In this May 25, 1964 file photo, the Beatles’ George Harrison, left, and John Lennon, are seen aboard an airplane in Los Angeles, before leaving for London. In the fall of 1963, Harrison spent two weeks visiting his sister Louise Harrison in Benton, Ill., making him the first Beatle to come to the United States. That vacation was five months before the group’s landmark live appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” launched the British invasion. While in Illinois, Harrison and the Beatles were virtually unknown in America, explaining why he enjoyed anonymity in 7,000-resident Benton. (AP Photo/File)

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This photo taken on Sept. 21, 2013, shows residents in Benton, Ill., reading a historical marker honoring late Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s visit 50 years earlier to Benton, Ill., where he spent two weeks visiting his sister Louise Harrison. George Harrison’s vacation in Illinois made him the first Beatle to come to the United States and was five months before the group’s landmark live appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” launched the British invasion. Harrison and the Beatles were virtually unknown in America, explaining why he enjoyed anonymity in 7,000-resident Benton. (AP Photo/Benton Evening News, Mona Sandefur)

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In this photo taken on Sept. 21, 2013, Louise Harrison, the sister of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, reads off the historical marker honoring her famous brother’s September 1963 visit to Benton, Ill., five months before the group’s landmark live appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” launched the British invasion. George Harrison’s trip to Illinois made him the first Beatle to come to the United States, though he was virtually unknown then in 7,000-resident Benton or the rest of America, explaining why Harrison enjoyed anonymity during his visit. (AP Photo/The Southern, Paul Newton)

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