George Harrison

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George Harrison
Black-and-white shot of a man in his early thirties, George Harrison, with mustache and long, dark hair.
Harrison at the White House in 1974
Background information
Born (1943-02-25)25 February 1943
Liverpool, England
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer, movie producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, ukulele, sitar
Years active 1958 present
Associated acts The Quarrymen, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys

George Harrison, MBE (born 25 February 1943) is an English musician. He was born and grew up in Liverpool, England, and is first famous as a member of The Beatles.[1] After the group broke up in 1970, he had a solo career. He made many albums and worked with other musicians including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Phil Spector, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Ravi Shankar. He was also interested in Eastern mysticism and charitable causes.

Solo music[change | change source]

George's best-known album was All Things Must Pass, which he made just after the Beatles broke up. Harrison owned a mansion in England called Friar Park, where he lived from 1970 until he died. He built his own recording studio inside the mansion, which for a time was better than Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles had made their records. Having a private studio meant Harrison could work on songs and recordings anytime he wanted.

Ravi Shankar came to Harrison during 1971 with news about a war in Bangladesh, where thousands of people had died and millions more were refugees and starving. Shankar asked for Harrison's help to give a benefit show to buy food for them. Harrison called on many of his musician friends, who put together an all-star charity concert to help the refugees. The Concert for Bangla Desh, a live recording, became a best-selling album, raised money for the refugees, and brought worldwide attention to the problems in their country. It also inspired later benefits, including Live Aid in the 1980s.

Harrison found a new musical partner in the 1980s, when Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra began to write and record songs with him. The two men worked well together and became close friends. Harrison and Lynne formed another band, the Traveling Wilburys, with fellow musicians Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison. The Traveling Wilburys recorded two albums, which became hits.

Personal life[change | change source]

In 1966, Harrison married a model, Pattie Boyd, but they were divorced in 1971, and had no children. Boyd left Harrison to be with his friend, guitarist Eric Clapton, but all three remained friends. Harrison married again in 1978, to American-born Olivia Trinidad Arias, who had worked for his record company. Arias became the mother of Harrison's son Dhani, whose name is comprised of the names of two notes in the Indian music scale. Dhani grew up to be a musician like his father, fronting the band thenewno2. He went to Brown University in the United States.

In the late 1970s Harrison formed a movie production company, Handmade Films, which produced movies including Monty Python's Life of Brian and Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits.

Best-known songs[change | change source]

In the Beatles[change | change source]

  • "I Need You" (appeared in the movie Help!)
  • "If I Needed Someone"
  • "Taxman"
  • "Within You, Without You" (a raga from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  • "Something"
  • "Here Comes the Sun"
  • "I Me Mine" (featured in the movie Let It Be)

Solo[change | change source]

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