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George Harrison

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George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes called "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group include "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something".

Harrison's earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent influences. By 1965, he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian classical music through his use of Indian instruments, such as sitar, on numerous Beatles songs, starting with "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". Having initiated the band's embracing of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, he subsequently developed an association with the Hare Krishna movement. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, a critically acclaimed work that produced his most successful hit single, "My Sweet Lord", and introduced his signature sound as a solo artist, the slide guitar. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, a precursor to later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. In his role as a music and film producer, Harrison produced acts signed to the Beatles' Apple record label before founding Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founding HandMade Films in 1978.

Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer. In 1988, he 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 Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.Harrison's first marriage, to model Pattie Boyd in 1966, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Arias, with whom he had a son, Dhani. Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home. His remains were cremated, and the ashes were scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million.

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June 1, 2022

He Told George Harrison His Tour Sucked – and Five Other Things We Learned from Ben Fong-Torres

Ben-Fong Torres shares backstage secrets of the Seventies on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast

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May 26, 2022

Yes, John Lennon Drummer Alan White Dead at 72

Alongside 50 years in Yes, Hall of Famer also played on George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and Lennon's "Imagine" and "Instant Karma"

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May 26, 2022

Alan White, drummer for Yes and John Lennon, has died aged 72

White also played on albums by John Lennon and George Harrison The post Alan White, drummer for Yes and John Lennon, has died aged 72 appeared first on NME.

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May 12, 2022

More Than Almost Famous: Rock Star Journalist Ben Fong-Torres Tells All

The Rolling Stone writer, star of a new Netflix doc, reminisces in our new podcast about interviewing everyone from Ray Charles to George Harrison

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April 29, 2022

Paul McCartney Duets With John Lennon, Honors George Harrison at Joyous Tour Kickoff

"We said we’d come back, and we got back,” McCartney told the crowd at his first show since the pandemic hit

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April 22, 2022

Olivia Harrison Announces Poetry Book Came the Lightening in Tribute to George Harrison

The collection marks the 20th anniversary of the Beatle’s death

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April 21, 2022

George Harrison’s widow Olivia writes poetry book dedicated to late Beatle

The introduction to the book has been written by Martin Scorsese The post George Harrison’s widow Olivia writes poetry book dedicated to late Beatle appeared first on NME.

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April 21, 2022

George Harrison’s Widow Pens Book of Poems Dedicated to Late Beatles Legend

Olivia Harrison's Came the Lightening, a book of 20 poems examining life after George, arrives June 21

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April 14, 2022

Beatles fan turns George Harrison’s childhood home into AirBnB

"Strum a guitar in the same room that George, Paul, and John sat and rehearsed during the early years" The post Beatles fan turns George Harrison’s childhood home into AirBnB appeared first on NME.

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April 12, 2022

Puff, Puff, ‘Grass,’ CBD Collection Celebrates George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’

Dad Grass' collection honoring the late Beatles' iconic 1970 solo album will get you super mellow.

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April 7, 2022

BMG to Admin George Harrison’s Publishing, Expands Dark Horse Records Partnership

The Harrison-launched label now co-run by his son Dhani has signed deals to license Leon Russell’s recordings and administer Joe Strummer’s publishing.

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December 15, 2021

Famous names from the world of entertainment honour George Harrison in ‘My Sweet Lord’ video

The likes of Ringo Starr, Mark Hamill, Rosanna Arquette and Taika Waititi are among the all-star cast enlisted to celebrate the song's 50th anniversary The post Famous names from the world of entertainment honour George Harrison in ‘My Sweet Lord’ video appeared first on NME.

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December 15, 2021

Fred Armisen, Mark Hamill, Ringo Starr, Jon Hamm & More Cameo in First-Ever Video For George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’

The all-star clip with more than 40 musicians, actors and comedians also features Joe Walsh, Darren Criss, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Reggie Watts and more.

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December 15, 2021

George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” Gets New Video With Dozens of Stars: Watch

Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer star in a video featuring Ringo, Jeff Lynne, Weird Al, Jon Hamm, Tim & Eric, Patton Oswalt, Mark Hamill, and others

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December 15, 2021

Ringo Starr Chucks Popcorn at Fred Armisen in Video for George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’

Lance Bangs' new clip for the classic track also features Vanessa Bayer, Joe Walsh, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jon Hamm, Mark Hamil, and many more

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December 7, 2021

George Harrison’s former manager Denis O’Brien dies aged 80

He'd been admitted to hospital with abdominal pains The post George Harrison’s former manager Denis O’Brien dies aged 80 appeared first on NME.

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December 7, 2021

Denis O’Brien, Former Manager of George Harrison, Dies at 80

Denis O’Brien, who served as George Harrison’s manager for much of the former Beatle’s solo career and with Harrison co-founded the production company that backed such hits as the classic Monty Python’s Life of Brian, has died at age 80. O’Brien’s daughter, Kristen O’Brien, told The Associated Press that Denis O’Brien died Dec. 3 in […]

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November 29, 2021

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to George Harrison on 20th anniversary of late Beatle’s death

“I miss my friend so much” The post Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to George Harrison on 20th anniversary of late Beatle’s death appeared first on NME.

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November 10, 2021

Unheard song featuring Ringo Starr and George Harrison found in loft

Recorded back in '68, 'Radhe Shaam' will receive its official release tomorrow (November 11) The post Unheard song featuring Ringo Starr and George Harrison found in loft appeared first on NME.

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November 8, 2021

George Harrison’s Liverpool Childhood Home Up For Auction

George Harrison's childhood home in Liverpool where he rehearsed with Paul McCartney and John Lennon as teens is up for auction.

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November 8, 2021

George Harrison’s childhood home in Liverpool goes up for auction

25 Upton Green, where Harrison learned to play the guitar, will be sold for an estimated £160,000-£200,000 The post George Harrison’s childhood home in Liverpool goes up for auction appeared first on NME.

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October 30, 2021

Listen to Willie Nelson’s cover of George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’

It's taken from new album 'The Willie Nelson Family' which arrives in November The post Listen to Willie Nelson’s cover of George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ appeared first on NME.

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October 29, 2021

Willie Nelson and Family Cover George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’

Lukas Nelson sings on track from new album 'The Willie Nelson Family,' which will be released Nov. 19

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October 11, 2021

James Taylor says “arrogance of youth” helped him audition in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison

"I also knew that it was somehow good" The post James Taylor says “arrogance of youth” helped him audition in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared first on NME.

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September 23, 2021

Willie Nelson Covers George Harrison, Kris Kristofferson on New ‘Family’ Album

The Willie Nelson Family finds the Red Headed Stranger singing inspirational songs with his sister, children and extended band

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September 10, 2021

Dead Beatles Are Talking on Twitter and It’s Weirding Us Out

Accounts belonging to George Harrison and John Lennon got uncannily chatty while celebrating the 50th anniversary of Imagine — is this the future of dead celebrity discourse?

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August 20, 2021

Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Steady at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart

Billie Eilish’s "Happier Than Ever" is steady at No. 1 for a second week on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, while George Harrison, Barbra Streisand, Nas, BTS and Chris Young debut in the top 10.

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August 18, 2021

George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ cover art recreated with giant garden gnomes

"It's the most joyous thing I've ever seen," said Harrison's widow Olivia The post George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ cover art recreated with giant garden gnomes appeared first on NME.

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August 17, 2021

George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Cover Recreated With Giant Gnomes

Dhani Harrison, Olivia Harrison oversaw London installation by floral artist Ruth Davis

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August 15, 2021

George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Album Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart After 50th Anniversary Reissue

George Harrison’s former No. 1 album 'All Things Must Pass' returns to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since 1971, following its 50th anniversary reissue on Aug. 6.

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Discs

All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary/Super Deluxe)

August 6, 2021

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All Things Must Pass (2020 Mix)

November 27, 2020

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Let It Roll - Songs Of George Harrison

January 1, 2009

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Brainwashed

November 19, 2002

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Live In Japan

July 13, 1992

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Cloud Nine

November 2, 1987

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Gone Troppo

November 5, 1982

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Somewhere In England

June 1, 1981

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George Harrison

February 20, 1979

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Thirty Three & 1/3

November 19, 1976

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Extra Texture (Remastered)

September 22, 1975

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Dark Horse (Remastered)

December 9, 1974

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Living In The Material World (Remastered)

May 30, 1973

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All Things Must Pass (Remastered 2014)

November 27, 1970

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Electronic Sound (Remastered)

May 9, 1969

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Wonderwall Music (Remastered)

November 1, 1968

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