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TRACK: Distance Makes No Difference With Love ARTIST: Carl Perkins & George Harrison ALBUM: Go Cat Go
Carl Perkins & George Harrison - “Distance Makes No Difference With Love” - Go Cat Go
"[W]hen I got over to George’s house, I sang it for him, and he said, ‘Wow, man, that’s a beautiful song.’ I had a couple of other things, and I was open for whatever he wanted to do. H kept going back, and he said, ‘Sing That Distance again,’ and I said, ‘Sure,’ and he said, ‘Man, let’s do that one.’ So we buckled down and he played, I played a couple of different guitar parts, he played the piano, he played rhythm, he played slide, he played everything on there. [Except for drumming by Jim Capaldi.]
We had a really good time. George worked awfully hard on this thing, he sang all those harmony parts himself, I think he really poured his heart and soul into it. He meant for it to sound great and I’m so proud of that, I really am.” - Carl Perkins, October 1996, quoted in Goldmine
Australia House, London on 22 April, 1964
George was best man at the January 27, 1965 wedding of Peter Harrison and Pauline Johnson in Maghull, Lancashire.
“I didn’t like the look of Rory’s drummer myself. He looked the nasty one, with his little grey streak of hair. But the nastier one turned out to be Ringo, the nicest of them all. Playing without Ringo is like driving a car on three wheels.”
"Rory Storm + the Hurricanes came out here the other week, and they are crumby. He does a bit of dancing around but it still doesn’t make up for his phoney group. The only person who is any good in the group is the drummer." (1960)
GEORGE: I like Ringo’s song [Octopus’s Garden].
WIGG: Yes, great song.
GEORGE: Because – I mean, most people say, “Oh well, it’s Ringo,” or you know, “Haha,” or something. But it’s great that Ringo should do it. You know, why shouldn’t he do it? And it’s just like a country and western tune anyway, and it’s a happy tune, and it’s all that. And I like what he’s saying about “rest our head on the sea bed” and all that. “We could be warm beneath the storm…” (1969)
"Ringo’s got the best back beat I’ve ever heard and he can play great 24-hours a day." (1974)
"George presented [Ringo] recently with a special leather bound volume which on the cover said, ‘Ringo Starr: greatest drummer on earth.’" (1985)
"It’s always hard for a drummer. It’s hard for Ringo to just knock out an album. It’s difficult enough for me and Paul. It’s not easy having been enormously famous, and, you know, having to try to…I don’t mind, personally. I don’t mind being obscure. I remember years ago Ringo saying to me he’d love to have a Number 1. And I said, what for? You are the Number 1. It doesn’t matter about the record.” (1988)
- George Harrison on Ringo Starr