George Harrison

George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as the "quiet Beatle", Harrison over time became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing it to the other Beatles, as well as to their Western audience. Following the band's break-up, he was a successful solo artist, and in 1988 was a founder member of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Harrison number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote most of the Beatles' songs, the band's albums generally included one or two Harrison compositions. His later songs with the Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun", "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". By the time of the band's break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of compositions, which he recorded and released as the triple album All Things Must Pass (1970), from which two hit singles originated: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord"/"Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". Later in his career, he wrote two hit singles for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys. With Ravi Shankar, Harrison organized the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, widely regarded as the first major benefit concert. Among his many accomplishments, Harrison also worked as a session musician and a record and film producer, co-founding the production company HandMade Films in 1978.

Harrison was married twice, first to model Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1977, and from 1978 until his death to record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Harrison became closely tied to the Hare Krishna movement, and in many interviews he spoke on the subject of his mystical beliefs. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton, and is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography—I Me Mine (1980). Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.

Read more about George Harrison:  Early Years: 1943–1957, The Beatles: 1957–1970, Solo Work: 1968–1987, Later Life: 1988–2001, HandMade Films: 1978–1994, Relationships With The Other Beatles, Guitars, Solo Discography

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