Date of birth
25th February, 1943
Date of death
29th November, 2001
George Harrison (25.02.43 - 29.11.01) George Harrison was an English musician, best known for being the lead guitarist for the Beatles.
Net Worth: Celebrity Net Worth claims that, at the time of his death in 2001, George Harrison had a net worth of 400 million USD.
Childhood: George Harrison was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, to Harold and Louise Harrison. He was the youngest of four children. He studied at Dovedale Primary School, before moving on to the Liverpool Institute between 1954 and 1959. He began playing the guitar in 1956, when his father bought him a guitar for his birthday. He then met Paul McCartney on the school bus, before he became a member of John Lennon's band, The Quarrymen.
Career: At the age of 14, he auditioned to become a member of The Quarrymen, but John Lennon thought he was too young. McCartney organised anther meeting, and Harrison steadily spent more and more time with the band. By the time he turned 15, they allowed him to join. He left school at 16, and worked as an apprentice electrician while also working with the band. Harrison became known as 'the quiet Beatle', and made his song writing debut with 'Don't Bother Me' for the band's second album. He developed an interest in folk rock and classical Indian music, both of which influenced his own writing style, as well as the Beatle's sixth album, 'Rubber Soul', at his request. Towards the end of the Beatles, he became more and more interested in the works of Bob Dylan and The Band, as well as the communal way in which they wrote music. He preferred this to the domination he felt from McCartney and Lennon within the Beatles. For the final Beatles album, 'The Abbey Road', Harrison composed 'Here Comes the Sun' and 'Something', the latter of which became Lennon's favourite song from the album. His limit in regards to creative additions to the band contributed to their break-up, as Harrison steadily became a more proficient writer, yet Lennon and McCartney still continued to maintain complete creative control over the band. In 1970, Harrison finally let loose with the release of 'All Things Must Pass'. With the break-up of The Beatles, Harrison had released other solo albums, but this one spanned three discs, one of which was entirely composed of his jamming with friends. His 1973 album, 'Living in the Material World' went to the number one spot on Billboard's album chart and remained there for five weeks. The following year, he became the first member of the Beatles to tour in America following their break-up. Following the murder of John Lennon, Harrison modified a song that he had originally written with Ringo Starr so that it served as a memorial song. The song also included an appearance from Paul and Linda McCartney. In 1997, he reconnected with Starr and McCartney to work on 'The Beatles Anthology'. His final album, 'Brainwashed', was released posthumously in 2002. George Harrison: Personal Life In January, 1966, Harrison married model Pattie Boyd. The couple were divorced in 1977, following Harrison participation in several extramarital affairs, one of which was with Ringo Starr's wife, Maureen. In 1978, he married Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at Dark Horse Records. The couple had a son in 1978. On the 29th November, 2001,
Death: George Harrison died from metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, following a diagnosis in 1997. He had met with Starr and McCartney in his New York hotel on the 12th November, earlier in the same month, as his condition had been steadily deteriorating. He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers near Varanasi, India.
In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop owner called Brian Epstein after he heard the band playing at their local venue, The Cavern Club, this was the first step in a series of events that soon saw the four lads from Merseyside become the biggest phenomenon the world had ever seen.
Once George Martin signed the band to Parlophone Records, it didn't take long for them to make their first visit to Abbey Road Studios and once they found themselves a permanent drummer in the form of Ringo Starr, the band had a number of possible singles recorded with the likes of 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', as good as the songs were, their reputation was still unknown and their first single peaked on the singles chart at #17. Their first number one came about after re-recording 'Please Please Me' at a faster tempo and the band began to make TV appearances. The clean shaven boys had style and an edgy quality that attracted young girls and their music was good enough that boys liked them too.
Thousands of fans followed them wherever they went and it lead to the band touring and promoting themselves and their music continually.
The contract, which replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr on drums, is the only management contract the group ever signed.
The document, dated October 1st 1962, was signed at Epstein’s office in Whitechapel a matter of days before the group released their first single ‘Love Me Do’. It confirmed Epstein, often referred to as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, as the group’s permanent manager and also brought in Richard Starkey (known obviously as Ringo Starr) in place of their former drummer Pete Best.
The document is expected to fetch around $150,000 when it goes on sale on September 19th.
A critical piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is to go on sale next month, with the news that the first ever recording contract signed by The Beatles is to go under the hammer in New York.
The Associated Press reports that the contract, believed to have been signed when The Fab Four were in Hamburg, Germany in 1961 serving as backing band for Tony Sheridan on the song ‘My Bonnie’, will be up for auction alongside about 300 other pop music artefacts sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a German record producer and graphic designer who died in 2010.
The Beatles star's Maton Mastersound guitar fetches the highest bid at Julien's Auctions in New York.
The Fab Four may have once sung "Can't buy me love", but Friday's auction at the Hard Rock Cafe proved you can buy George Harrison's prized Maton Mastersound guitar - if you have almost half a million dollars handy.
Rolling Stone reports that the instrument sold for $485,000, the top earner at Julien's Auctions in New York, which specialized in the sale of hundreds of rare items from the world of music.
Continue reading: George Harrison's Guitar Plucks $485,000 At Auction
A documentary homage to unsung session musicians
In the words of Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin "behind every great man is a great woman", but in this case it's more likely that behind the song there's a great combination of great, unrecognised musicians too.
George Harrison with session guitarist Joe Osborn from The Wrecking Crew
It is that concept that a new documentary The Wrecking Crew focuses on as it takes a look at the self-contained world of LA all-star session musicians that were behind each Grammy-award winning "Record of the Year" hit for six consecutive years during the 1960s - 1970s.
Continue reading: The Wrecking Crew Showcases The Best Of 1960s Session Musicians
The tree planted in tribute to the late George Harrison has sadly died.
A tree planted in tribute to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison has died after being infested by...beetles. The pine tree was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004, three years after the musician's death.
Howard's documentary will feature previously unseen archive footage, as well as new interviews with the surviving Beatles.
Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will include new interviews with both surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the surviving wives of John Lennon and George Harrison. The production has been authorised by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company.
As for the subject matter, the as-of-yet-unnamed documentary is slated to focus on the band’s earliest years, between 1960 and 1966, during which the Liverpool foursome released 20 studio and live records in total, from their first record Please Please Me, released in ’63 to the 1966 landmark, Revolver.
In 1964, black and white music comedy 'A Hard Day's Night' was released, starring the world's most famous rock band The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr took to the big screen at the peak of what was commonly referred to as Beatlemania, but not to do your average music documentary. The movie shows the Liverpool lads' eventful trip from their hometown to London, encountering overexcited fans, dealing with Paul's very irresponsible grandfather, and going on a rather comical trip around the city in a bid to find Ringo after Paul's grandfather convinced him to wander off. Luckily enough, no problem was too serious and they eventually managed to hit the stage for a major concert to be televised for the movie.
Continue: A Hard Days Night [Remastered] Trailer
Nearly twenty years since the release of The Beatles' chart-topping compilation album 'Live At The BBC' featuring radio performances from 1963 to 1965, producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley have now compiled 'On Air Live At The BBC - Volume 2' featuring never-before-heard performances, banter and cover tracks.
The compilation includes 63 tracks which weren't featured on the previous volume; 37 of which are newly released radio performances and 23 which feature unheard banter and chatting amongst the band and the radio hosts. There are 10 tracks which were never recorded for EMI and some which haven't been released at all; among them are covers of Chuck Berry's 'I'm Talking About You', 'Beautiful Dreamer' and different versions of previously heard covers including Ray Charles' 'I Got A Woman'.
Howlett and Heatley were truly spoilt for choice when it came to compiling this new collection, given that the world's most-loved band performed an incredible 275 shows on the radio throughout their musical journey in the 60s, appearing on 39 different shows in the year of their debut album release. The new compilation, re-mastered by Guy Massey and Alex Wharton, includes a detailed booklet and is set for release on November 11th 2013.
Yoko Ono, John Lennon, George Harrison, look-a-likes and Lauren Atkins - Yoko Ono, John Lennon and George Harrison look-alikes pose with Lauren Atkins, MD of The Malins Group - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 1st August 2013