We all remember our first time having sex. For most of us the experience doesn’t always live up to expectation, and can leave us disappointed. A lot of the disappointment is due to inexperience, not knowing what to expect, nerves and a feeling of under performing. A lot of the time the second, and subsequent experiences more than make up for the first time blues. So imagine for a moment what it was like for one of the biggest stars in the world at the time to lose his virginity. We’re talking about Beatle George Harrison, who lost his virginity in front of the other Beatles. But it was their reaction to the event that is most surprising.
Some people are more adapt at performing in front of a crowd than others. Musicians in particular seemingly have the ability to face huge crowds with relative ease, and give a performance just about anyone else would be proud of. Some people do find it more difficult to perform in front of friends and family than strangers. But the performance that George Harrison put on was certainly not a musical one, nor was it intended to ever have an audience.
So some people don’t have a problem having sex in front of other people. That’s the reason we have porn. Without a studio and plenty of staff to record what should be an intimate encounter between two, or sometimes more people, there would be no adult entertainment industry, and the number of websites online would plummet. Either that, or the quality of porn would deteriorate to home movies. But these people intentionally have sex with observers. George Harrison on the other hand had no choice.
In the early 1960’s, when the band was just beginning to find its place in history, the group of four musicians were invited to perform in Hamburg, Germany. The four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Peter Best (as Ringo Starr wasn’t yet part of the fab 4) and George Harrison all had to share a room that had bunk beds. Harrison, as the youngest and least sexually experienced member met a young woman who was more than willing to help him lose his virginity. The problem was that he was in a room full of other men, and rock stars as well. But well, when the opportunity knocks, you had better grasp it with both hands, because as a virgin you never know when it will come around again.
So this is how it went down. George Harrison lost his virginity while the other Beatles were secretly watching. It must have been quite a good performance because when he and his love interest for the day were done, the other Beatles gave him a round of applause, just to make sure he was more than a little embarrassed.
Paul and John and Pete Best (early Beatles drummer) were all watching. We were in bunkbeds. They couldn’t really see anything because I was under the covers, but after I’d finished they all applauded and cheered. At least they kept quiet whilst I was doing it.
~George Harrison on losing his virginity while the Beatles watched
But it turns out that they were not overly shy when it came to sex. The band members would often walk in on each other having sex and not show that least bit of care. All they would say is “sorry”, or “pardon”, and leave. They were extremely intimate with each other, and just thought of it as normal.