On November 29, 2002, the first anniversary of George Harrison’s passing, The Concert for George was performed in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The occasion recently commemorated 20 years.

Model Pattie Boyd and Harrison divorced in 1977 after their 1966 wedding. 

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Who is Pattie Boyd?

Patricia Anne Boyd is an English model and photographer who was born on 17 March 1944. In the 1960s, she was one of the most prominent international models and, together with Jean Shrimpton, personified the ideal British woman.

Boyd married George Harrison in 1966 while the Beatles were at the height of their fame and were embracing Indian philosophy. She married Eric Clapton, a friend of Harrison’s, in 1979 after divorcing Harrison in 1977. They later divorced in 1989.

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Harrison’s songs I Need You, If I Needed Someone, Something, and For You Blue, as well as Clapton’s Layla, Bell Bottom Blues, and Wonderful Tonight, were all influenced by Boyd.

Boyd first met real estate investor Rod Weston in 1991. In a ceremony performed at the Register Office in Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, the pair married on April 29, 2015. “It’s almost our silver anniversary so we thought we had better get on with it,” Weston was quoted as saying.

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Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Today, which she co-wrote with journalist and broadcaster Penny Junor, was released in August 2007 by Headline Review. The book has several of Boyd’s images and was renamed Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me for the US market. Boyd participated in several interviews to advertise the album.

She reportedly looked forward to the thought of her book going up against Clapton’s autobiography, which was released at the same time. Although Clapton disagreed with some aspects of her story, he said that “We each have our different versions of our years together.”