George Harrison (The Beatles)

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Performs as Nelson Wilbury on Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 and Spike Wilbury on Traveling Wilburys, Volume 3.

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George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes called "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's 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 include "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something".

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 Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian classical music through his use of Indian instruments, such as sitar, on numerous Beatles songs, starting with "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 to 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. In 1988, he 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 Arias, with whom he had a son, Dhani. Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home. His remains were cremated, and the ashes were scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million.

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1969Electronic SoundGeorge Harrison6
1970All Things Must PassGeorge Harrison4.7522
1973Living in the Material WorldGeorge Harrison511
1974Dark HorseGeorge Harrison9
1975Extra Texture (Read All About It)George Harrison7
1976Thirty Three & 1/ॐGeorge Harrison27
1979George HarrisonGeorge Harrison8
1981Somewhere in EnglandGeorge Harrison11
1982Gone TroppoGeorge Harrison6
1987Cloud NineGeorge Harrison4.510
2002BrainwashedGeorge Harrison3.57

Album + Compilation

1976The Best of George HarrisonGeorge Harrison44
1989Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989George Harrison54
2004The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992George Harrison3
2009Let It Roll: Songs by George HarrisonGeorge Harrison4
2010CollaborationsRavi Shankar & George Harrison1
2011Living in the Material WorldGeorge Harrison2
2012Early Takes, Volume 1George Harrison2
2014The Apple Years 1968–75George Harrison3
2015With The Beatles and WithoutGeorge Harrison1
202050th Anniversary Collection: 1970Bob Dylan with special guest George Harrison4

Album + Soundtrack

1968Wonderwall MusicGeorge Harrison36
1985WaterEddy Grant, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Mike Moran, Lance Ellington & Jimmy Helms1

Album + Live

1971The Concert for BangladeshGeorge Harrison11
1991Chant and Be Happy! Indian Devotional SongsGeorge Harrison1
1992Live in JapanGeorge Harrison with Eric Clapton and Band5


1970My Sweet LordGeorge Harrison514
1970What Is LifeGeorge Harrison2
1971Bangla DeshGeorge Harrison37
1972Mój Słodki Panie / CzarownicaGeorge Harrison / The Rattles1
1973Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)George Harrison6
1974Ding DongGeorge Harrison5
1974Dark HorseGeorge Harrison2
1976This SongGeorge Harrison1
1976Crackerbox PalaceGeorge Harrison2
1979Blow AwayGeorge Harrison1
1979Love Comes to EveryoneGeorge Harrison1
1981TeardropsGeorge Harrison2
1982I Really Love YouGeorge Harrison1
1982Wake Up My LoveGeorge Harrison1
1987Got My Mind Set on YouGeorge Harrison3
1988When We Was FabGeorge Harrison1
1988This Is LoveGeorge Harrison2
1989Cheer DownGeorge Harrison1
1989Poor Little GirlGeorge Harrison1


1973Un Uomo Nella VitaCiro Dammicco / George Harrison / Delia / Suzi Quatro1
1987Songs by George HarrisonGeorge Harrison1
1992Songs By George HarrisonGeorge Harrison1

EP + Compilation

20144John Paul George Ringo2

Other + Interview

The World's First Beatles Shaped CDGeorge Harrison1

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