George Harrison

Real Name:
George Harrison, MBE
British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer (born February 25 1943 in Liverpool - died November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles). He is best known as lead guitarist of The Beatles.
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 (Performer). Married to Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1977. Married to Olivia Harrison from 1978 to his death. Father of Dhani Harrison.
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SAPCOR 1 George Harrison - Wonderwall Music album art George Harrison Wonderwall Music (Album, EP) Apple Records SAPCOR 1 Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
ST-3358 George Harrison - Electronic Sound album art George Harrison Electronic Sound (Album) Zapple, Apple Records ST-3358 US 1969 Sell This Version
STCH 639 George Harrison - All Things Must Pass album art George Harrison All Things Must Pass (Album) Apple Records STCH 639 UK 1970 Sell This Version
PAS10006 , 0C 064 o 05370 George Harrison - Living In The Material World album art George Harrison Living In The Material World (Album) Apple Records, Apple Records PAS10006 , 0C 064 o 05370 Israel 1973 Sell This Version
SMAS-3418 George Harrison - Dark Horse album art George Harrison Dark Horse (Album) Apple Records, Apple Records SMAS-3418 US 1974 Sell This Version
George Harrison Int 1/2 George Harrison - Dark Horse Radio Special album art George Harrison Dark Horse Radio Special(LP, Promo) Dark Horse Records George Harrison Int 1/2 US 1974 Sell This Version
05952 George Harrison - Extra Texture (Read All About It) album art George Harrison Extra Texture (Read All About It) (Album) Apple Records, Apple Records 05952 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
PRO 649 George Harrison - Dark Horse Records Presents A Personal Music Dialogue With George Harrison At 33 1/3  album art George Harrison Dark Horse Records Presents A Personal Music Dialogue With George Harrison At 33 1/3 (LP, Promo) Dark Horse Records PRO 649 US 1976 Sell This Version
K56319 George Harrison - Thirty Three & 1/3 album art George Harrison Thirty Three & 1/3 (Album) Dark Horse Records K56319 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
141406, 141407, 141408, 141409 George Harrison - Profile album art George Harrison Profile(2xLP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 141406, 141407, 141408, 141409 UK 1977 Sell This Version
W 456562 George Harrison - George Harrison album art George Harrison George Harrison (Album) Dark Horse Records, Dark Horse Records W 456562 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
DHK 3492 George Harrison - Somewhere In England album art George Harrison Somewhere In England (Album) Dark Horse Records DHK 3492 US 1980 Sell This Version
Series #17 Show #1 George Harrison - Innerview album art George Harrison Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #17 Show #1 US 1981 Sell This Version
92.3734-1 George Harrison - Gone Troppo album art George Harrison Gone Troppo (Album) Dark Horse Records 92.3734-1 Austria 1982 Sell This Version
ZDHC 3009 George Harrison - Cloud Nine album art George Harrison Cloud Nine (Album) Dark Horse Records, Dark Horse Records ZDHC 3009 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
none George Harrison - Close Up. The Beatles Silver Anniversary. August 1st-2nd, 1987. album art George Harrison, The Beatles George Harrison, The Beatles - Close Up. The Beatles Silver Anniversary. August 1st-2nd, 1987.(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) United Stations Programming Network none US 1987 Sell This Version
OTR 87-51 George Harrison - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner album art Mary Turner (4), George Harrison Mary Turner (4), George Harrison - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTR 87-51 US 1987 Sell This Version
RS 011 George Harrison - Rock Stars George Harrison album art George Harrison Rock Stars George Harrison(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) Radio Today Entertainment RS 011 US 1987 Sell This Version
none George Harrison - The Legend Of George Harrison album art George Harrison The Legend Of George Harrison(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) NBC Radio Entertainment none US 1988 Sell This Version
CO 81 George Harrison - In The Studio "Best of George Harrison" Show #81 1990 album art George Harrison In The Studio "Best of George Harrison" Show #81 1990(CDi, Promo) The Album Network CO 81 US 1990 Sell This Version
XXI-CD 2 2130 George Harrison - Chant And Be Happy! album art George Harrison / The London Radha-Krishna Temple* George Harrison / The London Radha-Krishna Temple* - Chant And Be Happy! (Album) XXI Records XXI-CD 2 2130 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
9 26964-4 George Harrison - Live In Japan album art George Harrison Live In Japan (Album) Dark Horse Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 26964-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
9218, 9219 George Harrison - Up Close album art George Harrison Up Close(4xCD, Transcription) MediaAmerica Radio, MediaAmerica Radio 9218, 9219 US 1992 Sell This Version
95-28 George Harrison - Superstar Concert Series album art Paul McCartney, George Harrison / Ringo Starr Paul McCartney, George Harrison / Ringo Starr - Superstar Concert Series(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 95-28 US 1995 Sell This Version
7243 5 41969 2 8, 541 9692 George Harrison - Brainwashed album art George Harrison Brainwashed (Album) Parlophone, Dark Horse Records, Parlophone 7243 5 41969 2 8, 541 9692 Europe 2002 Sell This Version

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February 19, 2012
In his most obvious contribution to music as lead guitarist for the Beatles, George Harrison provided the band with a lyrical style of playing in which every note mattered. Later on, as a songwriter with the Beatles and subsequently as a solo artist, Harrison used his celebrity and his musical sensibilities to try and raise the awareness of millions of listeners about issues much bigger than music, especially the life of the spirit, and the living (and dying) situations of people in parts of the world that not a lot of westerners usually thought about. And yet, for all of that, and a journey through life that took him to musical horizons he scarcely could have imagined at his start in Liverpool, Harrison was also one of the humblest of superstars -- in his last decade, he still preferred to describe himself as "just an old skiffle man."

George Harrison was one of millions of young Britons inspired to take up the guitar by British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan's recording of "Rock Island Line"." But he had more dedication than most, and with the encouragement of a slightly older school friend, Paul McCartney, he advanced quickly in his command of the instrument. Harrison developed his technique painstakingly over several years, learning everything he could from the records of Carl Perkins, Duane Eddy, Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, and Eddie Cochran. At 15, he was allowed to sit in with the Quarry Men, the Liverpool group founded by John Lennon of which McCartney was a member; by 16, he was a full-fledged member, and was playing lead guitar when they became the Beatles.

The Beatlemania years, from 1963 through 1966, were a mixed blessing for Harrison. The group's studio sound was characterized by very prominent rhythm guitar, and on many of the Beatles' early songs, his lead guitar was buried beneath the chiming chords of Lennon's instrument. Additionally, his aspirations as a songwriter were thwarted by the presence of Lennon and McCartney, both natural and prodigious composers whose output left little room for songs by anyone else.

Harrison was known as "the quiet Beatle" but "the reluctant Beatle" might have been more accurate, in some respects. He was the member least comfortable with the sheer masses of people that their music inspired to frenzied outbursts. He was also the one who was most concerned with pure musicianship -- one of his idols was the classical guitarist Andrés Segovia -- and knew that the quality of his playing was lost on those screaming concert audiences. It was a situation that he came to loathe.

Despite these problems, Harrison grew markedly as a musician during those years, even writing a handful of songs, including one near-classic, "If I Needed Someone"." He also played a key role in popularizing the Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, which became a staple of American folk-rock, especially in the sound of the Byrds. And he made his first acquaintance of the sitar, an Indian instrument whose sound fascinated him. Harrison subsequently developed a friendship with sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar that lasted for the rest of his life; and his fame as a Beatle, in turn, helped to transform Shankar into the most well-known Indian musician in the world. By 1966, Harrison was writing music for the sitar, starting with the exquisite "Love You To" from Revolver. This was also the period in which the band, to Harrison's relief, agreed to give up doing concerts, which had become futile attempts at performance.

In the wake of that decision, Harrison's playing and songwriting grew exponentially. His interest in the sitar yielded a pair of beautiful songs, "Within You, Without You" and "The Inner Light," that were effectively solo recordings. He also wrote some clever, very personal psychedelic-style songs. And he developed a personal friendship with blues virtuoso Eric Clapton, which would have a profound effect on both their careers -- additionally, Clapton fell in love with and later married Harrison's then-wife, Patricia Boyd Harrison, who was also the inspiration for several of the best-known songs of the period by either guitarist. And, growing out of his devotion to the sitar, Harrison also developed a smooth, elegant slide guitar technique that showed up on the group's last three albums. Finally, he contributed three classic songs to those albums: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Here Comes the Sun," and "Something." The latter was also the first Harrison song to appear on the A-side of a Beatles single, and not only topped the charts, but was good enough to get widely covered, including a version by no less a figure than Frank Sinatra, who called it "the greatest love song of the last 50 years."

Although never a strong singer, Harrison's vocals were always distinctive, especially when placed in the right setting. For his first solo record following the group's 1970 breakup, All Things Must Pass, he collaborated with producer Phil Spector, whose so-called "Wall of Sound" technique adapted well to Harrison's voice. All Things Must Pass and the accompanying single "My Sweet Lord" had the distinction of being the first solo recordings by any of the former Beatles to top the charts. Unfortunately, Harrison was later sued by the publisher of the 1962 Chiffons hit "He's So Fine," which bore a striking resemblance to "My Sweet Lord" -- he lost the case, in what was deemed an instance of unintended plagiarism. The album, however, was extraordinary in any context, built around some highly personal, topical songs, and some phenomenal rockers, but much of it also steeped in spirituality. It posed as many questions for the serious listener to ponder as it offered exquisite melodies and stunning production for the casual listener to revel in. And it sold about as well as any Beatles album, an even more impressive feat as a two-record set (with a bonus record, the "Apple Jam" -- which, itself, was historically important as the sessions that spawned Eric Clapton's band Derek & the Dominos).

In 1971, he organized rock's first major charity event, The Concert for Bangladesh, staged at New York's Madison Square Garden to aid that famine-ravaged nation, which yielded both a movie and a triple album. Rather ironically, for the man once known as "the quiet Beatle," Harrison found himself at the center of the international news media. What's more, he was having a decidedly easier time than his former bandmates selling his music. John Lennon's personal and political evolution yielded records that were sometimes difficult for fans to embrace; Paul McCartney was selling lots of records but was also being attacked by critics and fans for the superficiality of his work. In the most towering irony imaginable, the reluctant Beatle became the beneficiary of most of the lingering good will attached to the group.

In 1974, he organized Dark Horse Records, which -- following the end of his contract with EMI in 1976 -- became the imprint on which all of his subsequent solo work was issued. His albums from the '70s into the '80s always had an audience, but -- except for Somewhere in England (1981), released in the wake of the murder of John Lennon -- none attracted too many listeners beyond the core of serious fans. And some of his best musicianship was not in evidence on his own albums, so much as on recordings by such Dark Horse artists as Splinter. During this same period, Harrison co-founded Handmade Films, which produced such hit movies as Monty Python's Life of Brian, Time Bandits, Withnail and I, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

In 1987, he released Cloud Nine, which featured his most inspired work in years, most notably a cover of an old Rudy Clark gospel number called "Got My Mind Set on You," which reached number one on the U.S. charts. A year later, with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison, he formed the Traveling Wilburys, who released two very successful pop/rock albums. All of this activity heralded his short-lived re-emergence from private life, resulting in a 1991 tour of Japan that yielded the album (Live in Japan) with his longtime friend Eric Clapton.

He withdrew from the public after that, devoting himself to his life with his second wife and their son. In 2000, he began work on remastering and expanding his classic All Things Must Pass album, in what was to be the first in a series of archival explorations of his post-Beatles career. Harrison had been treated for throat cancer in the late '90s, but in 2001 it was revealed that he was suffering from an inoperable form of brain cancer. At the time of his death on November 29, 2001, The Concert for Bangladesh album had been announced for upgraded reissue in January of 2002, and a DVD of the film was in release internationally. In the years since, his Dark Horse solo catalog has been re-released, as has the Traveling Wilburys library.


August 25, 2010
edited over 12 years ago
It's a common misconception that George's middle name is "Harold." His father and brother were both named Harold, but the youngest Harrison child of Harold and Louise did not even have a middle name.
According to his mother's diary, which was found in her attic after her death, George was actually born just before midnight, making his birthday not the 25th, but actually the 24th of February in 1943.

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