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 and music and film producer 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 Indian musician 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 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. 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 1
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

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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 Grammy Nominees 2004 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
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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
1993 Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Various Artists 3
1993 The Easy Rider Generation in Concert Various Artists 1
1996 Superstars in Concert Various Artists 1
2006 Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session Carl Perkins & Friends 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Porky's Revenge Various Artists 2
1988 Wilder Westen Inclusive 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
Lethal Weapon 2 Various Artists 1

EP + Compilation

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

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