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George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison

Profession: Singer-Songwriter

Nationality:
England
English

Biography: English musician, singer and songwriter who became famous as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Most Beatles albums included at least one Harrison song, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes the Sun"; and "Something", which became the Beatles' second-most-covered song. His exploration of Indian music and meditation were evidenced in some of his songwriting.

After the break-up of the Beatles, he began his solo career with the landmark "All Thing Must Pass" album. In response to refugee strife in Bangladesh, he organized an all-star benefit concert at Madison Square Garden (NYC) in 1971 that served as a proto-type for future such events.

He co-founded the movie production company HandMade Films, producing and distributing films such as "Life of Brian"; "Time Bandits'; "Mona Lisa"; and "Withnail and I".

After some time away from making albums, he had a commercial resurgence in the late 1980s with his release "Cloud 9", and formation of the super-group the Traveling Wilburys.

He was married twice - to British model Pattie Boyd from 1966-77, and to American record label executive Olivia Arias from 1978 until his death, with whom he one son, musician Dhani Harrison.

He was also elected to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice - with the Beatles (2008), and posthumously as a solo performer (2004).

Born: February 25, 1943
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: November 29, 2001 (aged 58)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

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Married Life

  • 1966-01-21 Quiet Beatle George Harrison (22) weds British model Pattie Boyd (21); divorce in 1977
  • 1977-06-06 Former Beatle George Harrison (33) and British model Pattie Boyd (32) divorce after 11 years of marriage
  • 1978-09-02 British musician George Harrison (35) marries American record label marketer Olivia Arias (30) at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England

Historical Events

  • 1958-08-29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles
  • 1963-04-14 Quiet Beatle George Harrison is impressed by unsigned British blues band "Rolling Stones"
  • 1963-05-10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
  • 1964-03-02 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd
  • 1964-09-11 George Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company
  • 1964-12-07 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
  • 1964-12-25 George Harrison's girlfriend Pattie Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • 1965-02-07 George Harrison's tonsils removed
  • 1966-06-01 George Harrison is impressed by sitarist Ravi Shankar's concert in London
  • 1967-06-04 American guitarist Jimi Hendrix covers new Beatles song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Saville Theatre (London), just days after its release, with George Harrison and Paul McCartney in the audience
  • 1967-06-28 George Harrison is fined £6 for speeding
  • 1968-02-16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • 1968-05-15 "Wonderwall" with music by George Harrison, premieres at Cannes Film Festival
  • 1968-09-06 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  • 1968-10-10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
  • 1969-03-31 George Harrison and Pattie Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs
  • 1969-06-04 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" ((recorded by just John and Paul), backed with George Harrison's song, "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • 1969-10-31 George Harrison's "Something" is released by the Beatles as a single in UK, his first "A" side
  • 1970-01-04 Beatles last recording session at Abbey Road studios, completing George Harrison's tune "I Me Mine"; John Lennon was on vacation and did not participate
  • 1970-11-23 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US
  • 1970-11-27 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass" - it becomes the best selling solo release of any of the Beatles, going 6X Platinum
  • 1971-01-15 George Harrison releases 1st solo single "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK; tops the charts in 15 countries, and becomes subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit
  • 1971-01-31 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 1971-02-23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
  • 1971-07-30 George Harrison releases single "Bangladesh"
  • 1971-08-01 George Harrison's benefit concerts for Bangladesh (2 shows) take place at Madison Square Garden, NYC; performers include Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell
  • 1972-02-28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
  • 1973-05-25 George Harrison releases single "Give Me Love" in UK
  • 1973-05-30 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the US
  • 1973-06-01 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" album goes gold, 2 days after its US release
  • 1973-06-22 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the UK
  • 1973-07-25 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album
  • 1974-03-01 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November
  • 1974-12-06 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
  • 1974-12-20 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse", his fifth studio album in UK
  • 1975-10-03 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK
  • 1976-02-06 George Harrison releases single "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"
  • 1976-04-20 George Harrison sings "The Lumberjack Song" with Monty Python in NYC
  • 1976-09-07 US courts find George Harrison guilty of 'subconsciously' plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his song "My Sweet Lord"
  • 1976-09-28 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion
  • 1976-11-19 George Harrison releases single "This Song", an expression of his frustration at being sued for copyright infringement
  • 1976-11-20 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos
  • 1977-02-18 George Harrison releases music single "True Love", from his "33-1/3" album
  • 1979-02-16 George Harrison releases single "Blow Away"
  • 1979-02-23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album, featuring the single "Blow Away"
  • 1979-04-27 George Harrison releases single "Love Comes to Everyone"
  • 1979-07-13 George Harrison releases single "Faster"
  • 1981-02-06 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon
  • 1981-02-19 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" from Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"
  • 1981-05-15 George Harrison releases single "All Those Years Ago" in UK: the song was a tribute to John Lennon, and featured Ringo Starr on drums, and Paul and Linda McCartney on backing vocals
  • 1981-06-05 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England", his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago" (Featuring Paul and Ringo)
  • 1981-10-27 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, and album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the US
  • 1981-11-13 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, in the UK
  • 1982-11-05 George Harrison releases "Gone Troppo", his tenth solo album
  • 1987-10-12 George Harrison releases single "Got My Mind Set On You", becomes his third solo #1 hit, and the last chart-topper by any of the Beatles
  • 1987-11-02 George Harrison releases album "Cloud 9" & Paul McCartney releases greatest hits album "All the Best"
  • 1988-01-16 George Harrison's single "Got My Mind Set On You" tops the Billboard charts
  • 1988-01-25 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"
  • 1988-06-13 George Harrison releases single "This Is Love"
  • 1988-10-17 Traveling Wilburys release debut album "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"; pseudonymous band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty
  • 1989-10-23 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album
  • 1989-11-27 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"
  • 1992-04-06 George Harrison performs his final full concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, in a benefit for the transcendental mediation based Natural Law political party
  • 2002-11-18 Dark Horse/EMI posthumously releases "Brainwashed", George Harrison's 12th and final studio album
  • 2002-11-29 "The Concert for George", a benefit memorial to George Harrison held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, features Eric Clapton; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; Jeff Lynne; Tom Petty; Joe Brown; Anoushka Shankar; Billy Preston; and members of Monty Python
  • 2004-03-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jackson Browne; The Dells; George Harrison; Prince; Bob Seger; Traffic; ZZ Top; and Jann Wenner

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