PAUL McCartney has told of the last touching moments he spent with George Harrison just days before the former Beatle’s death.
Macca, 66, revealed how he held hands with his old bandmate, who died of cancer in November 2001 at the age of 58.
And he said they joked about their old haunts as Harrison lay desperately ill.
In a 13-page tribute to The Beatles guitarist in Uncut magazine, McCartney said: “We held hands.
“It’s funny, even at the height of our friendship – as guys – you would never hold hands. But it was lovely.
“I sat with him for a few hours when he was in treatment just outside New York.
“He was about 10 days away from his death, as I recall. He was very poorly.
“But it was lovely, really lovely, and the years just stripped back.
“It was good. It was like we were dreaming.
“He was my little baby brother, almost, because I’d known him that long.”
McCartney also spoke about having a row with Harrison over the recording of one of The Beatles’ biggest hits.
He said: “What started happening, I think, was that I’d started getting on George’s nerves.
“One prime example was when we were doing Hey Jude.
“George started answering my vocals on his guitar.
“He was filling all the gaps. Now, what do you say? ‘Er, look, man, do you mind?’ “You’ve got to put it diplomatically. But you’ve got to say, ‘I don’t want that in the arrangement’.
“And certainly in that case, he took umbrage.”