George Harrison … Passed on 12 years ago today! RIP …


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George Harrison, (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band’s primary songwriters, most of their albums included at least one Harrison composition, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps“, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something“, which became the Beatles’ second most-covered song.

George Harrison
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Black-and-white shot of a moustachioed man in his early thirties with long, dark hair.

Harrison at the White House in 1974
Background information
Born (1943-02-25)25 February 1943
Liverpool, England
Died 29 November 2001(2001-11-29) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Rock, pop, world music, experimental
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter, music and film producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, sitar, keyboards, bass, ukulele
Years active 1958–2001
Labels Parlophone, Capitol, Swan, Apple, Vee-Jay, Dark Horse, Gnome
Associated acts The Quarrymen, the Beatles, Plastic Ono Band, Traveling Wilburys, Eric Clapton
Website www.georgeharrison.com

Harrison’s earliest musical influences included Big Bill Broonzy, George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry and Ry Cooder were significant later influences. By 1965 he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in the Byrds and Bob Dylan, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)“.

He developed an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing them to the other members of the Beatles and their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music.

After the band’s break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, from which two hit singles originated. He also organized the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar, a precursor for later benefit concerts such as Live Aid.

Harrison was a music and film producer as well as a musician; he founded Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founded HandMade Films in 1978.

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Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer, and in 1988 co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty, among others.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

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Harrison died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer.

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India, in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He left almost £100 million in his will.

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George Harrison Playing Here Comes The Sun

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Relationships with the other Beatles

For most of the Beatles’ career the relationships in the group were close. According to Hunter Davies, “the Beatles spent their lives not living a communal life, but communally living the same life. They were each other’s greatest friends.” Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd described how the Beatles “all belonged to each other” and admitted, “George has a lot with the others that I can never know about. Nobody, not even the wives, can break through or even comprehend it.”

Starr said, “We really looked out for each other and we had so many laughs together. In the old days we’d have the biggest hotel suites, the whole floor of the hotel, and the four of us would end up in the bathroom, just to be with each other”. He added, “there were some really loving, caring moments between four people: a hotel room here and there – a really amazing closeness.

Just four guys who loved each other. It was pretty sensational.”

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Lennon stated that his relationship with Harrison was “one of young follower and older guy … he was like a disciple of mine when we started.” The two later bonded over their LSD experiences, finding common ground as seekers of spirituality.

They took radically different paths thereafter, Harrison finding God and Lennon coming to the conclusion that people are the creators of their own lives. Harrison said that Lennon “was both a saint and a bastard”.

McCartney and Harrison were the first of the Beatles to meet, having shared a school bus, and often learned and rehearsed new guitar chords together. McCartney stated that he and Harrison usually shared a bedroom while touring. McCartney was best man at Harrison’s wedding in 1966, and was the only Beatle in attendance. McCartney has referred to Harrison as his “baby brother”.

In a 1974 BBC radio interview with Alan Freeman, Harrison stated: “McCartney ruined me as a guitar player”. Perhaps the most significant obstacle to a Beatles reunion after the death of Lennon was Harrison and McCartney’s personal relationship, as both men admitted that they often got on each other’s nerves. Rodriguez commented: “even to the end of George’s days, theirs was a volatile relationship”.

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George Harrison – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Published on Feb 25, 2013

From “The Concert For Bangladesh”, New York, 1971

We ALL are ONE!!

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We ALL are connected by MUSIC!!! 

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