Partly Cloudy
77°FPartly CloudyFull Forecast

Ill. Gov. dubs Saturday 'George Harrison Day'

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 11:08 a.m. CDT

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' governor doesn't want a southern Illinois city's observance of its connection to late-Beatle George Harrison to be just a local thing.

Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed Saturday to be "George Harrison Day" statewide. That coincides with Benton's plans to unveil a historical marker to commemorate Harrison's 1963 visit to the 7,000-resident city.

Harrison's 1963 stay in Benton was to see his sister, Linda Harrison Caldwell. It occurred while the Beatles were soaring up the charts in England, but before they made their ballyhooed trip to the United States.

Illinois State Historical Society executive director William Furry says obscurity in America allowed Harrison to walk Benton's streets, jam with local musicians, visit record stores and even camp in the Shawnee National Forest without being hassled by fans.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

How often do you shop at dollar stores?
Frequently
Sometimes
Rarely
Never