George Harrison (The Beatles)

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George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, 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 organized 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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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
2012 Beatles Uakti 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Greenpeace - The Album Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 The Best of Chantal Compilation Chantal 1
1991 The Superstars Collection, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 The No.1 DJ Collection: 70's, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Cuts Presents Party in a Box Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues Compilation Various Artists 2
2004 Grammy Nominees 2004 Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 Best of Friends Compilation Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2007 The No.1 DJ Collection: 2000's, Volume 5 Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First Fifty Years Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Classic FM Guitar: The Ultimate Classical Guitar Album Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 This Is Us! Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 30 Years Outside the Box Compilation Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2011 Starbucks 40 - A 40th Anniversary Collection Compilation Various Artists 1
Guitar Heroes, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 2
Mastermix Classic Cuts 23: Party Compilation Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 05: Party Compilation Various Artists 1
Pop Hits, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum, Volume 4: 1980-1984 Compilation Various Artists 1
Tim's 2006 Holiday Tantrum Compilation Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Live Various Artists 3
1993 The Easy Rider Generation in Concert Live Various Artists 1
1996 Superstars in Concert Live Various Artists 1
2006 Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session Live Carl Perkins & Friends 1

Album + Soundtrack

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

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