George Harrison‘s widow Olivia has shared a “surprising magical” story about how The Beatles‘ ‘Now And Then’ artwork came about.In a video posted on her late husband’s official social media channels, she explained how he once bought a clock featuring the title of their final song.“We were in this store, George saw this clock made out of bits and pieces and it had some Scrabble letters and it just said ‘Now And Then’,” she said. “He was attracted to it for some reason, he just took it off the wall and bought it. [He] built this little Russian dacha in the garden and hung the clock on it and there it sat for 25 years.”She went on to say that at the end of last summer she cleaned it up and put it on her mantelpiece.Here’s a surprising magical story about Now and Then.@thebeatles | @johnlennon | @PaulMcCartney | @ringostarrmusic pic.twitter.com/v42YW40R4s— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) November 20, 2023Harrison then added: “Phone rings.
It’s Paul [McCartney] and and he begins to explain, reminding me of this third song that was on the cassette tape with ‘Real Love’ and ‘Free As A Bird’.
I said, ‘I remember it, it’s called ‘Now and Then”. And I’m standing there looking at the clock.“We were so moved and happy that this thing that George had held in his hand somehow magically appeared.
And I said, ‘I think this is Georgie saying it’s OK’.”The clock itself features on the back of the vinyl sleeve for the single’s release.The track recently topped the UK Charts 60 years after their first Number One.Read more on nme.com