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George Harrison (1943)

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George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience. Following the band's break-up, he was a successful solo artist, later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is listed at number 11 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Although most of The Beatles' songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Beatle albums generally included one or two of Harrison's own songs, from With The Beatles onwards. His later compositions with The Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun", "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". By the time of the band's break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which two hit singles originated: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord" backed with "Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the supergroup he formed in 1988 with Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison.

Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid-1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organised the first major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he was also a record producer and co-founder of the production company HandMade Films. In his work as a film producer, he collaborated with people as diverse as the members of Monty Python and Madonna.

He was married twice, to model Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974, and for 23 years to record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton. He is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography, with I Me Mine in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.

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Harrison married model Pattie Boyd on 21 January 1966, at the then Epsom Register Office, Upper High Street, Epsom, with McCartney as best man. They had met during the filming for A Hard Day's Night, in which the 19-year-old Boyd was cast as a schoolgirl. After Harrison and Boyd split up in 1974, she moved in with Eric Clapton and they subsequently married.

Harrison married for a second time, to Dark Horse Records secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias on 2 September 1978. They had met at the Dark Horse offices in Los Angeles in 1974. They had one son, Dhani Harrison. After the 1999 stabbing incident in which Olivia subdued Harrison's assailant nearly single-handedly, Harrison received a fax from his close friend Tom Petty that read: "Aren't you glad you married a Mexican girl?"


Harrison formed a close friendship with Clapton in the late 1960s, and they co-wrote the song "Badge", which was released on Cream's Goodbye album in 1969. Harrison also played rhythm guitar on the song. For contractual reasons, Harrison was required to use the pseudonym "L'Angelo Misterioso". Harrison wrote one of his compositions for The Beatles' Abbey Road album, "Here Comes the Sun", in Clapton's back garden. Clapton also guested on the Harrison-penned Beatles track "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Through Clapton, Harrison met Delaney Bramlett, who introduced Harrison to slide guitar. They remained close friends after Pattie Boyd split from Harrison and married Clapton, referring to each other as "husbands-in-law".

Through his appreciation of Monty Python, he met Eric Idle. The two became close friends, with Harrison appearing on Idle's Rutland Weekend Television series and in his Beatles spoof, The Rutles' All You Need Is Cash. Harrison was also parodied as a Beatle as "Stig O'Hara", portrayed by Rikki Fataar. Idle also performed the famous Monty Python sketch, "The Lumberjack Song", at the Concert for George, held in 2002 to commemorate Harrison.

 Interests
An accomplished gardener, Harrison restored the English manor house and grounds of Friar Park, his home in Henley-on-Thames. The house once belonged to Victorian eccentric Sir Frank Crisp. Purchased in 1970, it is the basis for the song "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp ". Several Harrison videos were also filmed on the grounds, including "Crackerbox Palace"; in addition, the grounds served as the background for the cover of All Things Must Pass. He employed a staff of ten workers to maintain the garden, and both of his older brothers worked on Friar Park as well. Harrison took great solace working in the garden and grew to consider himself more a gardener than a musician; his autobiography is dedicated "to gardeners everywhere". Harrison also owned homes on Hamilton Island, Australia and in Nahiku, Hawaii.

That autobiography, I Me Mine, published in 1980, is the only full autobiography by an ex-Beatle. Former Beatles' publicist Derek Taylor helped with the book, which was initially released in a high-priced limited edition by Genesis Publications. The book said little about The Beatles, focusing instead on Harrison's hobbies, such as gardening and Formula One automobile racing. It also included the lyrics to his songs and some photographs with humorous captions.

Harrison had an interest in sports cars and motor racing; he was one of the 100 people who purchased the McLaren F1 road car, and would often attend Formula One races. He had collected photos of racing drivers and their cars since he was young; when he was 12 he attended his first race, the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree, in which Stirling Moss won his first Grand Prix. He wrote "Faster" as a tribute to the Formula One racing drivers Jackie Stewart and Ronnie Peterson. Proceeds from its release went to the Gunnar Nilsson cancer charity, set up following the Swedish driver's death from the disease in 1978. Harrison's first "important" car was recently sold at auction in Battersea Park, London. The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was bought new and delivered to Harrison personally in 1965 at his Kinfauns estate in Esher, Surrey, England.

 Humanitarian Involvement
George Harrison had an interest in humanitarian involvement even when he was a part of The Beatles. The Beatles had a strong stance on human rights, with them showing support for the civil rights movement and the protest against the Vietnam War. However, it was not until the band's split that George Harrison became more involved in humanitarian work.

Harrison's friend, Ravi Shankar, consulted him regarding a means to providing help to the problems in Bangladesh, in the aftermath of the 1970 Bhola Cyclone and the Bangladesh Liberation War. With that, Harrison recorded "Bangla Desh", and pushed Apple Records to release his song alongside Shankar's "Joy Bangla" in an effort to raise funds. Shankar then asked for Harrison's advice about organising a small charity concert in The United States. Harrison took that idea and called up all his friends, organising The Concert for Bangladesh on 1 August 1971 in New York City, which featured other artists of the time like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and former Beatle Ringo Starr. The concert ended up raising US$243,418.50.

The George Harrison Humanitarian Fund for UNICEF still contributes to humanitarian efforts. The fund is a joint effort between the Harrison family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF that aims to support UNICEF programs providing lifesaving assistance to children caught in humanitarian emergencies. Every year, UNICEF identifies countries and territories where the children suffer from poverty. Much like Bangladesh in 1971, many of these problems are ignored by the media. The fund continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh, while expanding its influence to include other countries in crisis where children are at risk. In December 2007, the fund made a donation of $450,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for relief and recovery efforts for the victims of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh. On 13 October 2009, the first ever George Harrison Humanitarian Award went to Ravi Shankar for his unprecedented efforts in saving the lives of children, and his involvement with the Concert for Bangladesh.

 Knife attack
In late 1999, Harrison survived a knife attack by an intruder in his home.
At 3:30 am on 30 December 1999, 36-year-old Michael Abram broke into the Harrisons' Friar Park home and began loudly calling to Harrison. Harrison left the bedroom to investigate while his wife, Olivia, phoned the police. Abram attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, inflicting seven stab wounds, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with a fireplace poker and a lamp. The attack lasted approximately 15 minutes.
Abram, who believed he was being possessed by Harrison and was on a "mission from God" to kill him, was later acquitted of attempted murder on grounds of insanity, but was detained for treatment in a secure hospital. He was released in 2002 after 19 months' detention.

 legacy
 Honours
Harrison's first official honour came as The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 and received their insignia from the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 26 October. Another award with The Beatles came in 1970 when they won an Academy Award for the best Original Song Score for Let It Be.

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. 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. Harrison is listed at number 11 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "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 Lynne and Petty. He was inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame on 1 August 2006 for the Concert for Bangladesh.

Harrison featured twice on the cover of Time magazine, initially with The Beatles in 1967, then on his own, shortly after his death in 2001. 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 October 2011 a documentary titled Living in the Material World: George Harrison directed by Martin Scorsese was released.

On 14 April 2009, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded Harrison a star on the Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building. Musicians Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty were among those in attendance when the star was unveiled. 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. After the ceremony, Capitol/EMI Records announced that a new career-spanning CD entitled Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison would be released in mid-June 2009.

death
Despite the treatments and operations, Harrison died on 29 November 2001, at a Hollywood Hills mansion that was once leased by McCartney and was previously owned by Courtney Love. The cause of death was listed on his Los Angeles County death certificate as "metastatic non-small cell lung cancer". He was 58 years old. Harrison was cremated at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges River by his close family in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He left almost £100 million in his will.

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Name Duration Released
Isn't It a Pity 07:07 12/06/2009
I Don't Want To Do It 02:54 12/06/2009
All Things Must Pass 03:46 12/06/2009
The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp 03:48 12/06/2009
Tears Of The World 04:02 23/02/2004
See Yourself 02:51 23/02/2004
He's So Fine 00:00 23/02/2004
P2 Vatican Blues 02:38 19/11/2002
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 02:34 19/11/2002
Any Road 03:52 19/11/2002
Never Get Over You 03:26 19/11/2002
Run So Far 04:05 19/11/2002
Stuck Inside a Cloud 04:04 19/11/2002
Marwa Blues 03:40 19/11/2002
Rising Sun 05:27 19/11/2002
Looking for My Life 03:49 19/11/2002
Brainwashed 06:07 19/11/2002
Pisces Fish 04:50 19/11/2002
Rocking Chair in Hawaii 03:07 19/11/2002
Piggies 02:56 13/07/1992
Old Brown Shoe 03:55 13/07/1992
I Want to Tell You 04:36 13/07/1992
Poor Little Girl 04:33 23/10/1989
Cheer Down 04:08 23/10/1989
Cockamamie Business 05:15 23/10/1989
Zig Zag 02:45 25/01/1988
Just for Today 04:06 02/11/1987
Fish on the Sand 03:22 02/11/1987
Got My Mind Set on You 03:52 02/11/1987
That's What It Takes 03:59 02/11/1987
Breath Away from Heaven 03:36 02/11/1987
Cloud 9 03:15 02/11/1987
Wreck of the Hesperus 03:31 02/11/1987
Someplace Else 03:51 02/11/1987
Devil's Radio 03:52 02/11/1987
When We Was Fab 03:57 02/11/1987
This Is Love 03:48 02/11/1987
Mystical One 03:42 05/11/1982
Gone Troppo 04:25 05/11/1982
Greece 03:58 05/11/1982
I Really Love You* 02:54 05/11/1982
That's The Way It Goes* 03:34 05/11/1982
Circles*** 03:46 05/11/1982
Wake Up My Love 03:34 05/11/1982
Dream Away** 04:29 05/11/1982
Baby Don't Run Away 04:01 05/11/1982
Unknown Delight 04:16 05/11/1982
Writing's on The Wall 03:57 25/06/1981
That Which I Have Lost 03:42 25/06/1981
Teardrops 04:04 25/06/1981
Baltimore Oriole 03:57 25/06/1981
All Those Years Ago 03:43 25/06/1981
Life Itself 04:24 25/06/1981
Unconsciousness Rules 03:04 25/06/1981
Save the World 04:56 25/06/1981
Blood From a Clone 03:58 25/06/1981
Hong Kong Blues 02:54 25/06/1981
Love Comes to Everyone 04:36 23/02/1979
If You Believe 02:55 23/02/1979
Soft Touch 03:59 23/02/1979
Your Love Is Forever 03:45 23/02/1979
Dark Sweet Lady 03:22 23/02/1979
Faster 04:46 23/02/1979
Blow Away 04:00 23/02/1979
Soft-Hearted Hana 04:03 23/02/1979
Not Guilty 03:35 23/02/1979
Dear One 05:08 19/11/1976
Woman Don’t You Cry For Me 03:19 19/11/1976
Learning How To Love You 04:13 19/11/1976
What Is Life 04:16 19/11/1976
Crackerbox Palace 03:58 19/11/1976
For You Blue 02:32 19/11/1976
Pure Smokey 03:56 19/11/1976
Think for Yourself 02:21 19/11/1976
True Love 02:44 19/11/1976
Taxman 02:38 19/11/1976
It’s What You Value 05:09 19/11/1976
If I Needed Someone 02:23 19/11/1976
This Song 04:14 19/11/1976
Beautiful Girl 03:42 19/11/1976
You 03:43 03/10/1975
Grey Cloudy Lies 03:42 03/10/1975
Tired Of Midnight Blues 04:54 03/10/1975
Can't Stop Thinking About You 04:32 03/10/1975
A Bit More Of You 00:45 03/10/1975
World Of Stone 04:42 03/10/1975
Ooh Baby 04:01 03/10/1975
This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying) 04:14 03/10/1975
The Answer's At The End 05:34 03/10/1975
His Name Is Legs 05:46 03/10/1975
Simply Shady 04:38 20/12/1974
Hari's on Tour 04:43 20/12/1974
It Is "He 04:50 20/12/1974
Far East Man 05:52 20/12/1974
Dark Horse 03:54 20/12/1974
Ding Dong, Ding Dong 03:40 20/12/1974
Māyā Love 04:24 20/12/1974
Bye Bye Love 04:08 20/12/1974
So Sad 05:00 20/12/1974
Don't Let Me Wait Too Long 02:57 22/06/1973
The Light That Has Lighted the World 03:31 22/06/1973
Sue Me, Sue You Blues 04:48 22/06/1973
The Day the World Gets 'Round 02:53 22/06/1973
Try Some, Buy Some 04:08 22/06/1973
Give Me Love 03:36 22/06/1973
Be Here Now 04:09 22/06/1973
The Lord Loves the One 04:34 22/06/1973
Living in the Material World 05:31 22/06/1973
Who Can See It 03:52 22/06/1973
Band Introduction 02:39 10/01/1972
Mr. Tambourine Man 04:45 10/01/1972
Beware of Darkness 03:36 10/01/1972
Blowin' in the Wind 04:07 10/01/1972
It Don't Come Easy 03:01 10/01/1972
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry 03:07 10/01/1972
That's the Way God Planned It 04:20 10/01/1972
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 05:44 10/01/1972
Awaiting on You All 03:00 10/01/1972
Here Comes the Sun 02:59 10/01/1972
Love Minus Zero/No Limit 04:19 10/01/1972
Bangla Dhun 16:40 10/01/1972
Youngblood 00:00 10/01/1972
Bangla-Desh 04:55 10/01/1972
George Harrison/Ravi Shankar Introduction 05:19 10/01/1972
Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash/Young Blood 09:27 10/01/1972
Something 03:42 10/01/1972
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 04:53 10/01/1972
Just Like a Woman 04:49 10/01/1972
My Sweet Lord 04:43 30/11/1970
Wah-Wah 05:39 30/11/1970
No Time or Space 25:10 26/05/1969
Under the Mersey Wall 18:41 26/05/1969
Guru Vandana 01:05 01/11/1968
Drilling a Home 03:08 01/11/1968
In the Park 04:08 01/11/1968
Tabla and Pakavaj 01:05 01/11/1968
Party Seacombe 04:34 01/11/1968
Red Lady Too 01:56 01/11/1968
Dream Scene 05:26 01/11/1968
Microbes 03:42 01/11/1968
Gat Kirwani 01:15 01/11/1968
Ski-ing 01:50 01/11/1968
Greasy Legs 01:28 01/11/1968

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