George Harrison (The Beatles)

~ Person


Annotation last modified on 2010-01-07 18:58 UTC.

Also performs as: Nelson Wilbury, Spike Wilbury


George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Hindu mythology and helped broaden the horizons of his fellow Beatles as well as their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music. Although the majority of the Beatles' songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", the last of which became the Beatles' second-most covered song.

Harrison's earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent 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)". Having initiated the band's embracing of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, he subsequently developed an association with the Hare Krishna movement. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, a critically acclaimed work that produced his most successful hit single, "My Sweet Lord", and introduced his signature sound as a solo artist, the slide guitar. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, a precursor for later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. In his role as a music and film producer, Harrison produced acts signed to the Beatles' Apple record label before founding Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founding 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 Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and (posthumously) for his solo career in 2004.

Harrison's first marriage, to model Pattie Boyd in 1966, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Harrison (née 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 an estate of almost £100 million.

Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license



Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Royal Concert Various Artists 1
1993 Nineteenninetyfour Alvin Lee 4
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 3 2
2000 Hey Jude / Yesterday 山下和仁 1
2001 Small World Big Band Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 2
2011 Jools Holland & Friends Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Greenpeace - The Album Various Artists 1
1988 The Best of Chantal Chantal 1
1990 Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal Various Artists 1
1991 The Superstars Collection, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1997 The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum Various Artists 1
2000 The No.1 DJ Collection: 70's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Cuts Presents Party in a Box Various Artists 1
2001 Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues Various Artists 2
2004 2004 GRAMMY Nominees Various Artists 1
2006 Top 100 Hits Of The 80's Various Artists 1
2007 Best of Friends Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2007 The No.1 DJ Collection: 2000's, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2008 Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records: The First Fifty Years Various Artists 1
2008 Classic FM Guitar: The Ultimate Classical Guitar Album Various Artists 1
2008 This Is Us! Various Artists 1
2009 30 Years Outside the Box Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2011 Starbucks 40: A 40th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
2015 Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker (Recordings 1978-2010) Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker 1
2015 Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Various Artists 2
Guitar Heroes, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
Mastermix Classic Cuts 23: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 05: Party Various Artists 1
Pop Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Tim's 2006 Holiday Tantrum Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session Carl Perkins & Friends 2
1993 Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Various Artists 4
1993 The Easy Rider Generation in Concert Various Artists 1
1996 Superstars in Concert Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Porky's Revenge Various Artists 2
1988 Wilder Westen Inclusive Various Artists 1
1989 Lethal Weapon 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists 1
1990 Nuns on the Run Various Artists 1
1998 Everest Various Artists 1
2009 Away We Go Alexi Murdoch 3
2013 Lethal Weapon Soundtrack Collection (Lethal Weapon 1, 2, 3 & 4.) Michael Kamen 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 4: John Paul George Ringo Various Artists 1

Showing official release groups for various artists. Show all various artists release groups instead, or show release groups by this artist.