George Harrison (The Beatles)

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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 Hinduism and helped broaden the horizons of his fellow Beatles as well as their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music. Although most 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Electronic Sound George Harrison 4
1970 All Things Must Pass George Harrison 4.8 11
1973 Living in the Material World George Harrison 6
1974 Dark Horse George Harrison 7
1975 Extra Texture (Read All About It) George Harrison 5
1976 Thirty Three & 1/ॐ George Harrison 4
1979 George Harrison George Harrison 5
1980 Somewhere in England George Harrison 6
1982 Gone Troppo George Harrison 4
1987 Cloud Nine George Harrison 4 6
2002 Brainwashed George Harrison 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 The Best of George Harrison George Harrison 4 3
1989 Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 George Harrison 4
2004 The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 George Harrison 3
2009 Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison George Harrison 3
2010 Collaborations Ravi Shankar & George Harrison 1
2011 Living in the Material World George Harrison 2
2012 Early Takes, Volume 1 George Harrison 2
2012 The Gold Collection George Harrison 1
2014 The Apple Years 1968–75 George Harrison 2
All Things Must Pass George Harrison 1
Awaiting On You All George Harrison 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 The Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison 9
1992 Live in Japan George Harrison with Eric Clapton and Band 3
Chant and Be Happy! Indian Devotional Songs George Harrison 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Wonderwall Music George Harrison 3 5


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
1989 Cheer Down George Harrison 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 4 John Paul George Ringo 2

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The World's First Beatles Shaped CD George Harrison 1

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