"That was the kind of integrity we were raised with. You do the best with what you have, but you didn't expect them to not go anywhere."
Still, hard work and persistence were required to make the talent shine, but her brother George and his friends were wildly talented.
That kind of success seemed very possible.
"I didn't see why not." She said.
But luck played a part. There were innumerable little things that helped The Beatles succeed. They met the right people at the right time. They played at the right places. Even Louise Harrison being in the United States was kind of serendipitous.
Harrison was 11 1/2 years older than her brother.
She said she was there when he said his first words and took his first steps, but she was long gone from their parents' home by the time he picked up his first guitar.
Harrison married an engineer, whose work took him all over the world. It was just a little more good fortune for The Beatles that they happened to have someone already in America months before they arrived.
"My mother was sending the records to me," she said, then added, "And I'm a bit of a ham myself so I thought, let me see what I can do to help my kid brother get somewhere."
Harrison remembers her brother fondly and said they were a lot alike.
"We had the same type of personality," she said. "We were both adventurous, wanted to see the world and climb Mount Kilimanjaro."
And definitely not quiet, Harrison added.
In the early days of Beatlemania in America, her brother was labeled as "the quiet Beatle," which Harrison said wasn't precisely true. The week the Beatles arrived to do "The Ed Sullivan Show," she said her brother had strep throat, a fever of 104 and could barely speak.
"They thought he wasn't going to be able to do the show and the doctor told him take care of himself, not speak too much and preserve his voice."
During the height of Beatlemania and even afterwards, Harrison stayed close to her brother but also stayed out of the way. She raised two children, became a grandmother, and then about 20 years ago became concerned with the environment and started a non-profit called "Drop-in!" which produced environmental conservation public service announcements.
Since her brother's death in 2001, she doesn't often hear from the two remaining Beatles.
"If they're passing through the area, they'll send word that I can have tickets to the show and VIP passes," she said. "And I got a card from Paul for my birthday last year, but I've never really pushed myself into their lives. Other people did that."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.