1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man.
George had first met Pattie on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. She left Harrison in the mid-’70s and started an affair with Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton, who wrote the song “Layla” about her. The two married in May 1979, but split in 1988.
Pattie Boyd was both muse and wife to Clapton, to George Harrison before him and no stranger to drug and booze-fuelled partying.
But there was little danger of failing memory for her. She kept a record of the wild years – portraits and reportage style snaps taken with a Polaroid and, later, on a Hasselblad.
. “I took endless photos,” she says. “It was something to do, otherwise you could feel a bit spare.” This is an extract from SMH.com.au by Jane Wheatley
The museum hosting the show—”George, Eric, and Me,” opening to the public on May 6th, is Liverpool’s aptly-named The Beatles Story. From the selection of images released in advance of the opening, it’s plain to see that Ms. Boyd was an integral part of their stellar run, and much else besides.
Pattie Boyd has been interviewed by Taylor Swift about being married to George Harrison during the height of Beatlemania.
Swift asked Boyd what living inside Beatlemania was actually like to which Boyd replied, ‘absolutely terrifying’. “I got to see the Beatles play at a theater in London, and George told me that I should leave with my friends before the last number,” she told Swift in the Harper’s Bazarre feature. “So before the last song, we got up from our seats and walked toward the nearest exit door, and there were these girls behind me. They followed us out, and they were kicking me and pulling my hair and pushing us all the way down this long passageway.”
She added that she feels fans seem to no longer hold onto the antagonistic feelings they once had. “Actually they seem happy that I’m sharing the photographs I took,” she added. “One time I was having an exhibition, and these girls turned up dressed like me in A Hard Day’s Night.”
During the interview, Swift mentions a particular part of Boyd’s book that she found most heartbreaking. “When, years later, you and Eric get married, and George and his new wife, Olivia, come to the wedding party, Paul comes, Ringo comes, but John couldn’t go. He said later that he would have loved to come. That night there was a huge jam session, and had he been there it would have been the last time the Beatles played together.”
Boyd has spoken about a new documentary film about Clapton, which reveals details of her relationships with the two rock rivals.
Despite she and Clapton having no relationship today, she did participate in the upcoming officially sanctioned Showtime documentary, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars, which she described as “a brutally honest portrayal of someone in pain.”
Boyd — who married third husband, property developer Rod Weston in 2015 — spoke about the doc, saying: “I think he’s brave to have done it. It showed me so many of Eric’s problems stemmed from his childhood and how unbearably cruel his mother was.”
In an interview with The Times magazine today Pattie, now 73 and married to her third husband Rod Weston, is asked who was the love of her life.
She replied: “I think George. He was always very loving.” “Even after we split he was always my friend. We’d still speak on the phone.“And he came to see me before he died. If you love somebody you do that. And I think he always loved me.”She is less flattering about Erid though, saying: “Eric loves himself. I don’t think there’s much room for me.”