George Harrison (The Beatles)

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George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001), was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band's primary songwriters, most of their albums included at least one Harrison composition, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", which became the Beatles' second-most-covered song.

Harrison's earliest musical influences included Big Bill Broonzy, George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry and Ry Cooder were significant later influences. By 1965 he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in the Byrds and Bob Dylan, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". He developed an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing them to the other members of the Beatles and their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, from which two hit singles originated. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar, a precursor for later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. Harrison was a music and film producer as well as a musician; he founded Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founded HandMade Films in 1978.

Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer, and in 1988 co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Harrison's first marriage, to Pattie Boyd, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani. Harrison died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India, in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He left almost £100 million in his will.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1969 Electronic Sound George Harrison 4
1970 All Things Must Pass George Harrison 4.8 9
1973 Living in the Material World George Harrison 3
1974 Dark Horse George Harrison 4
1975 Extra Texture (Read All About It) George Harrison 4
1976 Thirty Three & 1/ॐ George Harrison 3
1979 George Harrison George Harrison 4
1980 Somewhere in England George Harrison 5
1982 Gone Troppo George Harrison 3
1987 Cloud Nine George Harrison 4 5
1991 The Concert For Bangladesh George Harrison 1
2002 Brainwashed George Harrison 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1976 The Best of George Harrison Compilation George Harrison 4 3
1989 Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 Compilation George Harrison 1
2004 The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 Compilation George Harrison 3
2009 Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison Compilation George Harrison 3
2010 Collaborations Compilation Ravi Shankar & George Harrison 1
2011 Living in the Material World Compilation George Harrison 2
2012 Early Takes: Volume 1 Compilation George Harrison 2
2012 The Gold Collection Compilation George Harrison 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 The Concert for Bangladesh Live George Harrison 5
1992 Live in Japan Live George Harrison 2
Chant and Be Happy! Indian Devotional Songs Live George Harrison 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Wonderwall Music Soundtrack George Harrison 4 4

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 My Sweet Lord George Harrison 14
1970 What Is Life George Harrison 2
1971 Bangla Desh George Harrison 3 6
1973 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) George Harrison 6
1974 Ding Dong George Harrison 5
1974 Dark Horse George Harrison 2
1976 This Song George Harrison 1
1977 Crackerbox Palace George Harrison 1
1987 Got My Mind Set on You George Harrison 2
1988 When We Was Fab George Harrison 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2014 4 Compilation John Paul George Ringo 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
The World's First Beatles Shaped CD Interview George Harrison 1

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