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2001-Dec-07: Who Is Dennis Litter?

In the days following George Harrison's death, many of the articles written about his youth were illustrated with the first color photograph ever taken of  him with Paul McCartney and John Lennon.  Usually cropped out of this historic photo is the "Beatle" standing beside Paul McCartney, Dennis Litter.  Dennis wasn't part of the band for long.  Yesterday, he told the British journal Express:
"I just wasn't good enough.  I found it very difficult to play the guitar although like many teenagers in those days I fancied my chances. On the other hand, Paul was a natural."
The photo was taken in 1958 by Sir Paul's brother Mike during a regular gathering of the lads in the back room of their Auntie Gin's house in Dinas Lane, Roby, Liverpool.  Dennis explains:
 "Paul and Mike lived there after their mum died of cancer.  I lived across the road at number 92 and they would all gather there after school to mess about with guitars. I wanted to be like Hank Marvin of the Shadows and even when the Beatles were big he remained my favorite."
Sir Paul remained friends with Dennis even after the success of the Beatles:
"I recall being invited to Paul's 21st birthday party. Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and lots of other big pop names were there, but the highlight was when, at about one o'clock in the morning, Paul said he wanted me to meet someone.   It was Hank Marvin. I was so made up. And to this day he, not the Beatles, is still my number one."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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