George Harrison life and biography

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George Harrison biography

Date of birth : 1943-02-25
Date of death : 2001-11-29
Birthplace : Liverpool, U.K.
Nationality : British
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2010-10-12
Credited as : Rock musician, member of The Beatles, film producer

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George Harrison born in Liverpool, UK, was an English rock musician, singer-songwriter and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist in The Beatles, along with mainstream success as a solo artist. George contributed to the songwriting talents of his Beatles band mates, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, firstly by adding ideas and guitar parts, and later with his distinctive style of music inspired by Eastern spirituality. After the Beatles stopped touring George started writing more songs than could be fitted onto the albums so by the time of the split he had built up a collection songs, some used on his debut solo album, All Things Must Pass. The album, released in 1970, contains the two-time number one hit, My Sweet Lord.

Harrison is also credited for creating music benefits, notably the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. Harrison played beside Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, and Leon Russell to a crowd of 40,000 in Madison Square Garden, New York. The show raised over $240,000 benefiting the George Harrison Fund for Bangladesh relief.

Harrison went on to release several successful solo albums, and in the late 1980s collaborated with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty, in a group called Traveling Wilburys. The group released two albums.

Harrison's compositions for The Beatles:

From With The Beatles (1963)
* "Don't Bother Me"

From Help! (1965)
* "I Need You"
* "You Like Me Too Much"

From Rubber Soul (1965)
* "Think for Yourself"
* "If I Needed Someone"

From Revolver (1966)
* "Taxman"
o An alternate mix appears on Anthology 2 (1996)
* "Love You To"
* "I Want to Tell You"

From Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
* "Within You Without You"
o An instrumental version appears on Anthology 2 (1996)

From Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
* "Blue Jay Way"
* "Flying"

From The White Album / The Beatles (1968)
* "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
o A demo appears on Anthology 3 (1996)
* "Piggies"
o A demo appears on Anthology 3 (1996)
* "Long, Long, Long"
* "Savoy Truffle"

From Yellow Submarine (1969)
* "Only a Northern Song"
o The rhythm track version with an alternate vocal take appears on Anthology 2 (1996)
* "It's All Too Much"
o A version with an extra verse appears in the film Yellow Submarine (1968).

From Abbey Road (1969)
* "Something"
o An early demo appears on Anthology 3 (1996)
* "Here Comes the Sun"

From Let It Be (1970)
* "I Me Mine"
o An unedited version appears on Anthology 3
* "For You Blue" (featuring lap steel guitar by John Lennon).
o An early take appears on Anthology 3

Beatles Anthology
* "In Spite of All the Danger" (McCartney/Harrison), appearing on Anthology 1 (1996).
* "Cry for a Shadow" (Harrison/Lennon), appearing on Anthology 1 (1996).
* "You Know What to Do," appearing on Anthology 1 (1996).
* "12-Bar Original" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey), appearing on Anthology 2 (1996).
* "Not Guilty," appearing on Anthology 3 (1996).
* "Los Paranoias" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey), appearing on Anthology 3 (1996).
* "All Things Must Pass," appearing on Anthology 3 (1996).

Non-album tracks
* "The Inner Light," appearing as the B-Side of "Lady Madonna" (1968).
* "Old Brown Shoe," appearing as the B-Side of "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (1969).
* "Free as a Bird" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey), single (1995) and appearing on Anthology 1 (1996).
* "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey), appearing as the B-Side of "Free As A Bird" (1995).

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