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Biography of George Harrison

George Harrison (February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001) was a popular British songwriter and musician, best known as a member of The Beatles.

Born in Liverpool, England, his first school was Dovedale Infants, just off Penny Lane. Later on, he attended a "smart school" but was regarded as a poor student, and colleagues described him as one who would "sit alone in the corner." He met Paul McCartney in the mid 1950s and played lead guitar in the band (initially called the Quarry Men) that eventually became the Beatles.

During the height of the Beatles' popularity, he was often characterized as the "Quiet Beatle," noted for his introspective manner and his growing interest in Indian mysticism. In the mid 1960s he began playing the sitar, which influenced the sound of the Beatles music in such songs as "Norwegian Wood," "Love You To," and "Within You Without You." The experimentation with that instrument also brought him into contact with the sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar who became a personal friend and mentor. While not the primary composer in the group (Lennon and McCartney wrote most of the Beatles' material), as time went on his songs improved greatly and his material earned respect both from his fellow Beatles and the music-buying public. Notable examples include "Taxman," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (which was profoundly influenced by the music of his friend, Roy Orbison and featured a guitar solo by Eric Clapton), "Here Comes the Sun," and "Something."

After the Beatles split in 1970, Harrison released a number of albums which were critically and commercially successful, both as solo projects and as the member of other groups. After many years of having been limited in his contributions to the Beatles' catalog, he unleashed a torrent of material in first major solo work released after the breakup, the triple album All Things Must Pass. The album included the number one hit single, "My Sweet Lord." Harrison was later sued for copyright infringement over similarities between "My Sweet Lord" and the 1963 Chiffon's single "He's So Fine." Harrison denied deliberately stealing the song, but he did lose the case in 1976; in the ruling, the court granted the possibility that Harrison had unconsciously taken the Chiffons song as the basis for his own song.

Harrison was probably the first modern musician to organize a major charity concert. His "Concert for Bangladesh" on August 1, 1971, drew over 40,000 people to New York's Madison Square Garden, and raised millions of dollars to aid the starving refugees of Bangladesh. The concert included other popular musicians such as Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, and Billy Preston.

During the 1980s, he helped form the Traveling Wilburys with Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty. He was also involved in film production through his Handmade Films company, providing financial backing for the Monty Python film Life of Brian as well as the independent production Withnail and I.

Throughout the 1990s, Harrison, a former smoker, endured an (eventually fatal) battle with cancer. There was also a 1999 attempt on his life by a crazed fan who stabbed him at his home in Henley on Thames, puncturing his lung.

Harrison married twice and had one child with his second wife. He passed away at the home of a friend in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, November 29, 2001, at the age of 58.


To learn more - use these online Internet resources

  • All Things Must Pass - The official site for the re-release of this George Harrison album in CD form. Information, images, and music.
  • George Harrison: An Annotated Discography - Includes musical works from 1968 to present. Cover scans, release dates, and brief reviews of each album.
  • George Harrison Discography - Complete chronology of US album, single, and CD releases.
  • Hari Scruffs - Extensive biography, FAQ, chronicle of events, discography including unreleased material, tour dates and venues, and a bibliography of sources.
  • Hari's on The Web - Discography with album information, cover scans, and lyrics; information on CD and film promos, live shows, recording sessions, TV and radio appearances.
  • (4149) Harrison - Minor planet named in honor of former Beatle, George Harrison.
  • Wonderwall - The film's official website, with music composed by Harrison. Movie and album information with audio files.

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Discography of George Harrison

  • Brainwashed (November 29, 2002)
    1. Any Road
    2. Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)
    3. Looking for My Life
    4. Rising Sun
    5. Marwa Blues
    6. Stuck Inside a Cloud
    7. Run So Far
    8. Never Get Over You
    9. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    10. Rocking Chair in Hawaii
    11. Brainwashed

  • All Things Must Pass (November 27, 1970)

  • * Note: There are extra tracks on the year 2001 re-issue.
    1. I'd Have You Anytime
    2. My Sweet Lord
    3. Wah-Wah
    4. Isn't It A Pity
    5. What Is Life
    6. If Not for You
    7. Behind That Locked Door
    8. Let It Down
    9. Run Of The Mill
    10. I Live For You (Extra Track)
    11. Beware Of Darkness (Extra  Track)
    12. Let It Down (Extra  Track)
    13. What Is Life (Extra  Track)
    14. My Sweet Lord (2000) (Extra  Track)
    Disc: 2
    1. Beware of Darkness
    2. Apple Scruffs
    3. Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
    4. Awaiting On You All
    5. All Things Must Pass
    6. I Dig Love
    7. Art Of Dying
    8. Isn't It A Pity (Version Two)
    9. Hear Me Lord
    10. It's Johnny's Birthday
    11. Plug Me In
    12. I Remember Jeep
    13. Thanks For The Pepperoni
    14. Out Of The Blue

  • Dark Horse (December 9, 1974)
    1. Hari's on Tour (Express)
    2. Simply Shady
    3. So Sad
    4. Bye Bye Love
    5. Maya Love
    6. Ding Dong, Ding Dong
    7. Dark Horse
    8. Far East Man
    9. It Is "He" (Jai Sri Krishna)
  • The Best of George Harrison (November 8, 1976)
  • 1. Something
    2. If I Needed Someone
    3. Here Comes the Sun
    4. Taxman
    5. Think for Yourself
    6. For You Blue
    7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    8. My Sweet Lord
    9. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)
    10. You
    11. Bangla Desh
    12. Dark Horse
    13. What Is Life

  • Living in the Material World (Import - May 30, 1973)
  • 1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)
    2. Sue Me, Sue You Blues
    3. Light That Had Lighted the World
    4. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long
    5. Who Can See It
    6. Living in the Material World
    7. Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord)
    8. Be Here Now
    9. Try Some Buy Some
    10. Day the World Gets 'Round
    11. That Is All

  • Extra Texture (September 22, 1975)
  • 1. You
    2. Answer's at the End
    3. This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying)
    4. Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)
    5. World of Stone
     6. Bit More of You
    7. Can't Stop Thinking About You
    8. Tired of Midnight Blue
    9. Grey Cloudy Lies
    10. His Name Is Legs (Ladies and Gentlemen)

  • Dark Horse (December 9, 1974)
  • 1. Hari's on Tour (Express)
    2. Simply Shady
    3. So Sad
    4. Bye Bye Love
    5. Maya Love
    6. Ding Dong, Ding Dong
    7. Dark Horse
    8. Far East Man
    9. It Is "He" (Jai Sri Krishna)

  • Everest: Soundtrack From The IMAX Film Experience [SOUNDTRACK]
    with Steve Wood and Daniel May
    (March 10, 1998)
  • 1. The Journey Begins
    2. The Himalaya
    3. Chorten Monuments
    4. Khumbu Icefall
    5. The Trek
    6. The Blizzard
    7. The Spirit Returns
    8. Remembrance
    9. The Final Climb
    10. Chomolungma
    11. Here Comes the Sun
    12. Jamling's Mountain Dream

  • Concert for Bangla Desh [LIVE] and various artists (1970)
  • Disc: 1
    1. Introduction - George Harrison/Ravi Shankar
    2. Bangla Dhun -
    Ravi Shankar/Ali Akbar/Alla Rakah/Kamala Chakravarty 3. Wah-Wah - George Harrison 4. My Sweet Lord - George Harrison 5. Awaiting On You All - George Harrison 6. That's The Way God Planned It - Billy Preston 7. It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr 8. Beware Of Darkness -
    George Harrison/Leon Russell/Jim Horn 9. While My Guitar Gently Weeps -
    George Harrison/Eric Clapton Disc: 2 1. Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash/Youngblood -
    Leon Russell/Don Preston 2. Here Comes The Sun - George Harrison/Pete Ham 3. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall -
    Bob Dylan/Leon Russell/George Harrison/Ringo Starr 4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry -
    Bob Dylan/Leon Russell/George Harrison/Ringo Starr 5. Blowin' In the Wind -
    Bob Dylan/Leon Russell/George Harrison/Ringo Starr 6. Mr. Tambourine Man -
    Bob Dylan/Leon Russell/George Harrison/Ringo Starr 7. Just Like A Woman -
    Bob Dylan/Leon Russell/George Harrison/Ringo Starr 8. Something - George Harrison 9. Bangla Desh - George Harrison/Jim Horn

  • Cloud Nine (1987)    
  • 1. Cloud Nine
    2. That's What It Takes
    3. Fish On The Sand
    4. Just For Today
    5. This is Love
    6. When We Was Fab
    7. Devil's Radio
    8. Someplace Else
    9. Wreck Of The Hesperus
    10. Breath Away From Heaven
    11. Got My Mind Set On You

  • Wonderwall Music (Import - 1968)    
    • George's first non-Beatle album
    • A self-produced album featuring mainly Indian music.

  • Electronic Sound (Import - 1969)    
    • George's second non-Beatle album.
    • An avante-garde soundscape spotlighting George on the Moog synthesizer.
    1. Under the Mersey Wall
    2. No Time or Space

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