George Harrison
Artist Information
Birth Name George Harrison
Allias Carl Harrison
L'Angelo Misterioso
Hari Georgeson
Nelson/Spike Wilbury
George Harrysong
George O'Hara-Smith[1]
Born 25 February 1943
Died 29 November 2001 (aged 58)
Hometown - Liverpool in London, England
Genres Rock, Pop, Blues
Instruments {{{intruments}}}

George Harrison (February 24, 1943-November 29, 2001) was a founding member of The Beatles. Harrison also had an award winning solo career, and was also a part of the Traveling Wilburys super band. While known as "the quiet Beatle," George still has legions of fans to this day. George was the youngest of all Beatles.

Early Life Edit

George was born to Louise Harrison and Harold Harrison in Liverpool, England on February 24, 1943 at 11:42 PM. During his childhood, George attended the Liverpool Institute for Boys, where he met future band mate, Paul McCartney. George was considered a bad student in grammar school, but he enjoyed playing the guitar. He and his brother formed a short-lived group called the Rebels.

Quarrymen Edit

Harrison was introduced to the band called The Quarrymen by Paul McCartney, his friend from school. By early 1958, George was playing lead guitar in the band. He was the youngest member of the band, which was lead by John Lennon. In 1959, George left school worked as an apprentice electrician.

The Beatles Edit


George Harrison in 1964 with The Beatles

In 1960 The Quarrymen changed their name to The Silver Beatles. Which eventually became The Beetles and then finaly they settled on The Beatles , and Pete Best became their new drummer. The Beatles played there first offical tour in Hamburg Germany, but George was forced to leave because he was underage. Over the next few years of the Beatles' success, John Lennon and Paul McCartney got most of the attention from the media, George often felt excluded and frustrated. Harrison wrote his first song, "Don't Bother Me " (included on With the Beatles). George went on to contribute a few songs to every studio album, But he never wrote a solo effort until 1965.

Before The American Tour in 1965, George went to America a few weeks before the rest of the Beatles to visit a relative. He played guitar in a band during an event and the band learned some Beatles songs from George.

During an American tour in 1965, Harrison became fascinated with the sitar, an Indian instrument. He would go on to play the sitar in several Beatles songs, including Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) from Rubber Soul, Love You To on Revolver and Within You, Without You on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Through his wife, he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced The Beatles and their acquaintances to Transcendental Meditation. George also started studying Eastern philosophy.

Since George was good at electronics, he showed new technologies to Paul, John, and Ringo. When he showed a new Type of Sound called Stereo, It seemed weird to them.

Harrison wrote and sang some popular Beatles songs including "Taxman," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar), "Old Brown Shoe," "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." Harrison's song "Something" was released as a single.

During recording of The White Album, friction started between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Harrison. This arguing is evident in the film Let It Be. Harrison quit the band on January 10, 1970.

Solo Career Edit

In the year 1969 whilst working on their last album, Let It Be, many tracks from George's first album would be tested but never released. So, in 1971, nearly two years later, he began work on his first album. All Things Must Pass was the first triple album released by a singular artist.

Honors and LegacyEdit

Harrison's first official honor was when The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965, and received their insignia from the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 26 October.[2] Another award with The Beatles came in 1970 when they won an Academy Award for the best Original Song Score for Let It Be.[3]

A significant music award as a solo artist was in December 1992, when he became the first recipient of the Billboard Century Award - presented to music artists for significant bodies of work.[4] The minor planet 4149, discovered on 9 March 1984 by B. A. Skiff at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory, was named after Harrison.[5] In 2003, Harrison was ranked 21st in Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on 15 March 2004 by his Traveling Wilburys friends Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. He was inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame on 1 August 2006 for the Concert for Bangladesh.[6][7]

Harrison featured twice on the cover of Time magazine, initially with The Beatles in 1967,[8] then on his own, shortly after his death in 2001.[9] In June 2007, portraits of Harrison and John Lennon were unveiled at The Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where they will be on permanent display. In September 2007, Variety announced that Martin Scorsese would make a film about Harrison's life.[10]

On 14 April 2009, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded Harrison a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame|Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building. (The Beatles have a group star on the Walk of Fame, but Harrison and John Lennon are presently the only individual members to be honoured with a star, but Starr will be awarded with one in 2010.) Musicians Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney were among those in attendance when the star was unveiled.[11][12] Harrison's widow Olivia, actor Tom Hanks and comedian Eric Idle made speeches at the ceremony; Harrison's son Dhani uttered the Hare Krishna mantra.[13] After the ceremony, Capitol Records/EMI Records announced that a new career-spanning CD entitled Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison would be released in mid-June 2009.

Discography Edit

Studio Albums Edit

  1. Electronic Sound (1969)
  2. All Things Must Pass (1970)
  3. Living in the Material World (1973)
  4. Dark Horse (1974)
  5. Extra Texture (Read All About It (1975)
  6. Thirty Three & 1/ॐ (1976)
  7. George Harrison (1979)
  8. Somewhere in England (1981)
  9. Gone Troppo (1982)
  10. Cloud Nine (1987)
  11. Brainwashed (2002)


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  2. The Beatles: A Diary, page 172, Barry Miles, Chris Charlesworth, Omnibus Press, 1998, ISBN 0-7119-6315-0
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  12. Template:Citation/make link. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  13. Solvej, Schou. Template:Citation/make link. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 

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