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George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison

Profession: Singer-Songwriter


Why Famous: 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.

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 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
  • 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 (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)
  • 1963-04-14 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "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 Patti 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 Patti 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
  • 1967-06-28 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 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 Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs
  • 1969-10-31 George Harrison's "Something" is released by the Beatles as a single in UK, his first "A" side
  • 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"
  • 1971-01-15 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK
  • 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 concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC
  • 1972-02-28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
  • 1973-05-25 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK
  • 1973-06-01 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" goes gold
  • 1973-06-22 George Harrison releases "Living in the Material World"
  • 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" album in UK
  • 1975-10-03 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK
  • 1976-02-06 George Harrison releases "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 "This Song"
  • 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 "Blow Away"
  • 1979-02-23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album, featuring the single "Blow Away"
  • 1979-04-27 George Harrison releases "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" with Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"
  • 1981-05-15 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK
  • 1981-06-05 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England"
  • 1981-10-27 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in US, written and produced by George Harrison
  • 1981-11-13 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in UK, written and produced by George Harrison
  • 1982-11-05 George Harrison releases "Gone Troppo" album
  • 1987-10-12 George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"; it would become his third solo number 1 hit, and the last by any of the Beatles
  • 1987-11-02 George Harrison releases "Cloud 9" & McCartney releases "All the Best"
  • 1988-01-16 George Harrison's "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 "This is Love"
  • 1989-10-23 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album
  • 1989-11-27 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"