George Harrison

@RasmaSandra (19706)
Daytona Beach, Florida
December 4, 2017 12:57pm CST
George Harrison became popular as one of The Beatles. He was an English musician, singer and songwriter. During his time with The Beatles he composed some of their compositions such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something”. In 1965 he was very much into folk rock and Indian classical music. He plays the sitar in The Beatles song “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Had Flown)”. Later on he became interested in the Hare Krishna movement and was a great admirer of Indian culture and mysticism. After The Beatles break-up in 1970 George Harrison came out with a triple album All Things Must Pass. He organized the Concert for Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar in 1971. He died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58. After cremation his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India. Two hit singles came from his album All Things Must Pass – “My Sweet Lord” and “What is Life”. After the Bangladesh concert another triple album was released The Concert for Bangladesh followed by a concert film in 1972. The following year his album Living in the Material World was number one on the Billboard album chart for five weeks and a single from it also reached number one “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”. In 1974 George Harrison toured North America. That year he also released the Dark Horse album but this didn’t make much of an impact as his previous albums. From it came the single “Dark Horse”. His final studio album for EMI and Apple Records was one that was inspired by soul music Extra Texture (Read All about It). Two singles came from this album “You” and “This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying)”. Afterwards he released albums on his own Dark Horse Records label. The album Thirty Three & 1/3 in 1976 included the hit singles “This Song” and “Crackerbox Palace”. In 1979 following his second marriage and the birth of his son Dhani he released the album George Harrison with the single “Blow Away”. It was a period of time in his life that he embraced his family more than his musical career. After the murder of John Lennon in 1980 George Harrison came out with a tribute song “All Those Years Ago”. The song included vocal contributions from Paul and Linda McCartney and a drum part by Ringo Starr. This song was included on the album Somewhere in England in 1981. He released on more album in 1982 Gone Troppo. He came out with a platinum album in 1987 Cloud Nine with two hit singles “Got My Mind Set on You” and “When We Was Fab”. Other memorable songs from this album were “Devil’s Radio”, “This is Love” and “Cloud 9”. George Harrison formed the band the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty in 1988. Their first album was Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. After Roy Orbison’s death in December of 1988 they came out with another album which went platinum. As a band they never performed live and didn’t record again after this album. Other projects followed and then on December 30, 1999 Michael Abram who believed Harrison had possessed him broke into the Harrison home and attacked George Harrison with a knife. As a result of which he was hospitalized with over 40 stab wounds. Having recovered in May of 2001 he underwent surgery to have a cancerous growth removed from one of his lungs. By November he the cancer had spread to his brain and he was having radiotherapy at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. On November 12th the remaining three Beatles met one last time at Harrison’s hotel in New York. George Harrison passed from this life on November 29, 2001. His final album Brainwashed was released afterwards by his son Dhani and Jeff Lynne. Included in the album is the inspirational quotation from the Bhagavad Gita: “There never was a time when you or I did not exist. Nor will there be any future when we shall cease to be”.
All Things Must Pass is a triple album by George Harrison. Recorded and released in 1970, the album was Harrison's first solo work since the break-up of The ...
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@JohnRoberts (63049)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Dec
He was known as the quiet Beatle.
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@RasmaSandra (19706)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
5 Dec
Guess you could say he spoke through his music @JohnRoberts
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@swalia (1402)
• India
8 Dec
George Harrison was deeply influenced by the Hare Krishna movement and has also composed an album which contains the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Dec
Thanks for a comprehensive discussion on George's life. He seemed a quiet achiever in a way. He didn't have the high profile of Paul or John. Paul performed in Perth, Western Australia, a couple of nights ago.
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