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George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001), was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, 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 organised 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.

 

Top Rated Albums

The Dark Horse Years 1976 - 1992
Compilation - 2004

 

Brainwashed
Studio Album - 2002

 

Wonderwall Music
Studio Album - 1968

 

George Harrison
Studio Album - 1979

 

Somewhere in England
Studio Album - 1981

 

Dark Horse
Studio Album - 1974

 

Early Takes Volume 1
Compilation - 2012

 

The Best of George Harrison (UK)
Compilation - 1976

 

Electronic Sound
Studio Album - 1969

 

Live in Japan
Live Album - 1992

 

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Birth Name

George Harrison

Instruments

Vocals, guitar, sitar, keyboards, bass, ukulele

Origin

UK

Years active

1958–2001

Genre

Date Born

Thursday, February 25, 1943

City Born

Liverpool, England

Date Died

Thursday, November 29, 2001

City Died

Los Angeles, California, US

Age

58 (at time of death)

Born 78 years ago.

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