George Harrison

Died aged 58

George Harrison MBE (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, which he had become acquainted with on the set of the movie Help! On numerous Beatles songs he would play the sitar, 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; he co-founded HandMade Films in 1978, initially to produce the Monty Python troupe's comedy film The Life of Brian (1979). 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 home, Friar Park. 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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band member of The Beatles

Commemorated on 13 plaques

This plaque commemorates the recording here of The Quarrymen's first disc. Percy Phillips recording studio was located here 1955-1969. The Quarrymen. John, Paul and George plus John Lowe (piano) and Colin Hanton (drums) paid Mr Phillips 17 /6 to record their first disc here on 17th July 1959. The two numbers were "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and "In Spite Of All The Danger" by Paul McCartney & George Harrison. In 1960 they became The Beatles.

38 Kensington Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they first recorded (1959)

John Lennon MBE 1940-1980 George Harrison MBE 1943-2001 worked here

94 Baker Street, London, United Kingdom where they worked

The Beatles 1960s rock band filmed the start of The Magical Mystery Tour here 1967

Rain Grill, High Street, West Malling, United Kingdom where they filmed (1967)

The Beatles. Ringo Starr made his official debut here on 18th August 1962

Hulme Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they played (1962)

The Beatles on tour. St. Thomas' Hall. 50th anniversary of the appearance of Johnny Gentle and his group The Silver Beetles. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Tommy Moore & Stuart Sutcliffe 25th May 1960

, Keith, United Kingdom where they played (1960)

George Harrison MBE 1943-2001 musician, lead guitarist, songwriter and singer with the Beatles lived at Kinfauns on this site 1964-1970

Kinfauns, 16 Claremont Drive, Esher, United Kingdom where they lived

'The Beatles' played here, their first performance in Wales, formerly the Regent Dansette Ballroom, Rhyl on Saturday 14th July 1962

Former Dorothy Perkins store, High Street, Rhyl, United Kingdom where they played (1963)

The Beatles played their last live performance on the roof of this building 30th January 1969

3 Savile Row, London, United Kingdom where they played (1969)

Hessys Music Centre 1959-1996 62 Stanley Street Where the Beatles bought their musical instruments. In Tribute to all Liverpool musicians groups and entertainers

62 Stanley Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they bought musical instruments

George Harrison 1943-2001, Musician and Songwriter was born here

12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was born (1943)

George Harrison 1943-2001 childhood home of the musician and Beatle

25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they lived (1950)

BEATLES On the morning of Monday, September 14, 1964, Beatle George Harrison toured Mercy High School. This is the only known visit by a member of the group to an American high school during the height of Beatlemania.

Mercy High School, East Northern Parkway, Baltimore, MD, United States where they visited (1964)

The first Beatle in America George Harrison. In the late summer of 1963, four musicians from Liverpool, England John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr collectively known as the Beatles, were poised to conquer pop culture and music history. With three hit singles in England, the band anticipated their first number one record in America by taking separate holidays, Lennon to Paris, McCartney and Starr to Greece, and Harrison to America. Traveling with his older brother, Peter, Harrison came to southern Illinois to visit their sister, louise harrison caldwell, for a fortnight in the small mining town of Benton, Illinois. While in "Egypt" Harrison stayed in his sister's home at 113 McCann Street, jammed with several local musicians, performed at a VFW Hall in Eldorado with the four vests, bought a guitar in Mt. Vernon, sang "Happy birthday" at a Bocce Ball Club in Benton, and went camping in the Garden of the Gods and other sites in the Shawnee National Forest. Many of the Beatles' first recordings were played over the radio station WRFX-AM in West Frankfort and Harrison was interviewed by a local teenager, Marcia Schafer, the first interview by a Beatle in America. Harrison returned to England and came back to America with the Beatles the following February after "I Want to Hold Your Hand" rose to number one on the U.S. Charts. Harrison went on to write such classic songs as "Taxman", "While my Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun", and "Something", the second most recorded song in the Beatles catalog. He died in 2001.

Public Square, Benton, IL, United States where they visited (1963)