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Monday, October 20, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home sells for 156k at Liverpool auction

The former childhood home of George Harrison has sold for 156,000 at auction, to a bidder who tried to buy John Lennon's home last year. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Dhani Harrison on his father's incredible archives

Since George Harrison's passing, his son Dhani has been active in the archiving and release of his father's solo legacy. In a new interview, Dhani says Wonderwall is his favorite album in the new The Apple Years box set, and admits he is still surprised by his father's music, even records as familiar as All Things Must Pass.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Dream Weaver Gary Wright was best friends with a Beatle

Some of the best passages in Gary Wright's book "Dream Weaver" describe his deep and lasting friendship with George Harrison since Wright played on All Things Must Pass. Initially bonding over music, the two began to talk about more religious and spiritual matters, in particular Hinduism and guru teachings.

Source: Houston Press
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
George Harrison childhood friend Geoff Nugent dies aged 71

The Undertakers' guitarist Geoff Nugent passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. Nugent was born in Liverpool in 1943 within a couple of days of George Harrison, the two were childhood friends growing up in Speke, where they learned to play guitar together. Over the years he raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, October 6, 2014
In Pictures: Look inside George Harrison's childhood home

George Harrison's childhood home is to be sold at auction for a guide price of just 100,000. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles. George lived at 25 Upton Green in Speke from the age of six.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, October 3, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home to be auctioned at Cavern Club

A three bedroom, mid-terraced property in Upton Green, Speke, the childhood home of George Harrison, goes up for auction later this month. It as a guide price of 100,000-plus ($159,000). John Lennon's first home in Newcastle Road, Wavertree, sold at auction for 480,000 last year, from a guide price of 150,000-plus.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, September 29, 2014
Video: Musicians salue George Harrison at George Fest in Los Angeles

Dozens of famous musicians gathered at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre this weekend to honor George Harrison at an event aptly named George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, including Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, Ann Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers, Perry Farrell and Dhani Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, September 26, 2014
Video: Norah Jones covers George Harrison on Conan

Norah Jones closed out Conan's George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer, whose father was sitar master Ravi Shankar, delivered a silky version of "Behind That Locked Door," a country-tinged track from Harrison's 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Video: Dhani Harrison performs two George Harrison songs on Conan

George Harrison Week continued on Conan on Wednesday night as the Beatle's son Dhani Harrison and his talented friends performed a pair of tracks from his father's 1970 classic All Things Must Pass. Harrison paid tribute to his father with performances of "Let It Down" and "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Dhani Harrison felt responsibility to release his dad's music

George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison has revealed their son Dhani felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release the career retrospective his father was working on at the time of his passing. She said, "There's still a huge archive of material that still needs working on. You can't just let tapes degrade and never be heard again."

Source: The List, UK
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Video: Paul Simon covers Here Comes The Sun on Conan

Conan's week-long tribute to George Harrison continued last night with a performance from Paul Simon. Paul covered the timeless Beatles classic "Here Comes The Sun," off the group's iconic Abbey Road album and written by Harrison. The two previously played together during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1976.

Related Articles  Source: KRTH, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison makes surprise live appearance

It was beyond beautiful, a huge pleasant jolt, in the midst of a wonderful, sold-out "The Fab Faux" Beatles tribute performance at Valley Performing Arts Center, when Dhani Harrison made a surprise appearance on stage. Harrison, in Los Angeles for an appearance during Conan O'Brien's tribute week to his Beatle father, performed Savoy Truffle.

Source: Huffington Post
Wife Olivia remembers how George had a way of looking at you

"He had this way of looking at you," George Harrison's widow Olivia says about his wide appeal. "Once you'd been with him, he had this way of making you want to bring out a truer version of yourself, unlocking something. It was profound and electrifying, and it can still bring prickles to the back of my neck."

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Beatles release free post-Beatles EP on iTunes

A new free sampler from iTunes presents a song from each of the Beatles, showcasing the distinctive musical journeys they undertook as solo artists. It includes John Lennon's gorgeous piano ballad Love, Paul McCartney's simmering Call Me Back Again, George Harrison's explosive Let It Down and Ringo's lush Walk With You.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Video: Beck kicks off Conan O'Brien's George Harrison week

Monday marked the start of George Harrison week on Conan. Popular music artists will be stopping in to perform their versions of songs from the former Beatle. Last night, Beck covered the Harrison song "Wah-Wah," a track from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. The video of this now available on the net.

Related Articles  Source: Zumic
Friday, September 19, 2014
Album Review: George Harrison, The Apple Years 1968-75

The Apple Years 1968-75 box set gathers George Harrison's first six solo albums in a post-Fab career that had its share of ups and downs before Harrison passed away in 2001. The seven years were marked by creative indulgences that didn't always pay off, but were right up there with the best of the Beatles' solo material.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Another unreleased George Harrison track hits internet

Next week, the first six solo albums from George Harrison will be released as a deluxe box set. An unreleased alternate take of The Inner Light from this set is now available on the net. Recored during the Wonderwall sessions, this version lacks Harrison's folksy vocals and more readily embraces the traditions of purer Indian raga.

Related Articles  Source: Consequence of Sound
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
All-star Sept. 28 George Harrison benefit moves to Fonda Theatre

An all-star tribute to the music of George Harrison scheduled for September 28 has sold out and will move from the original site at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, event organizers announced Monday. The move will allow 400 more tickets to be sold to the event.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Sneaked: Unreleased George Harrison track from new box set

George Harrison wrote "Dark Horse" in 1973, and in the following years, the track became something of a theme song for the ex-Beatle, he gave the same name to his subsequent album, as well as his tour with Ravi Shankar and his new record label. An early take of the song can now be heard on the Internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, September 15, 2014
Conan O'Brien to pay a week-long musical tribute to George Harrison

Next week, Conan on TBS TV will feature daily performances by artists including Beck, Norah Jones and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the music of George Harrison by singing one of his songs. George Harrison week coincides with the release of the box set, The Apple Years: 1968-75, also due out September 22.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Jeff Lynne hints at further dates for ELO

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra performed at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in London last night, marking their first concert return to the UK stage in 28 years. During the 75-minute set, Lynne, also known for being in The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, told the 50,000-strong crowd, "I'll do this again."

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Forgotten George Harrison gems from The Apple Years

News of a forthcoming box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 led to renewed praise for charttopping early-period solo moments like My Sweet Lord and Give Me Love. But Harrison's catalog, even more than a decade after his early passing, is widely underappeciated outside of the radio hits, a grievous thing.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, September 8, 2014
London flat shared by George and Ringo up for sale

A three-bedroom flat shared by George Harrison and Ringo Starr at the height of Beatlemania is to go on the market for 2.5million (more than $4million). They moved into the apartment in Knightsbridge in 1964, the year of their first world tour, and also briefly lived in two other flats in the central London apartment building.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, September 5, 2014
Musicians to honor George Harrison at George Fest in Los Angeles

The music of George Harrison will be celebrated in a star-studded, one-night only event at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 28. George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will pay tribute to his acclaimed solo works with a lineup of performers including Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Harrison's son Dhani.

Source: KRTH, Los Angeles
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
More Info: George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

George Harrison's first six solo albums have been digitally remastered for CD and digital release on September 23. This project has been overseen by Dhani Harrison, who said, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions."

Related Articles  Source: Rock and Roll Truth
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
First six George Harrison solo albums to get lavish reissues this month

George Harrison's first six studio albums on the Beatles' Apple label will be available as newly remastered individual releases and as part of a box set this fall. The eight-disc box, The Apple Years 1968-75, will contain a DVD with videos and a never-before-seen, seven-minute film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Olivia Harrison
Olivia Harrison named to MusiCares Foundation board

Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison, was among those announced Aug. 28 as the one of the newest board members of the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. Olivia was co-producer of the "Concert for George" in 2003 and the Martin Scorsese documentary "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" in 2011.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pattie Boyd
How to dress like rock's most famous muse Pattie Boyd

When it comes to finding style inspiration, you can't go wrong with a woman like Pattie Boyd. She's muse to both a Beatle, George Harrison, and the 'god' of guitar, Eric Clapton. A top model and It-Girl in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, Pattie was in the ranks with Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy thanks in part to her enormous blue eyes and racehorse legs.

Source: The Gloss
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Gary Wright to reveal all about George Harrison friendship in new book

Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatle George Harrison in a new memoir. Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, ravailable in October, will offer an insider's look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms.

Source: New Magazine, UK
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hindu leader calls For George Harrison tree to be replanted

Hindu leaders have joined fans of George Harrison in calling for Los Angeles to replant a tree tribute to the singer/songwriter after learning the pine that bore his name. U.S. Hindu leader Rajan Zed has urged L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to investigate the tree and plant another immediately.

Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tom Petty
Interview: Tom Petty remembers George Harrison

Tom Petty spent quite a bit of time with George Harrison, and sang with him in the Traveling Wilburys. When asked what did he think was Harrison's biggest influence on him, he said, "I think [spirituality], probably, was the greatest gift he gave me. He gave me a way of understanding a higher power without it being stupid or tons of rules and books to read."

Source: NPR
Monday, August 4, 2014
Unheard George Harrison tape has Beatle doing tunes sung by John Lennon

Beatles author Dave Morrell has confirmed the existence of a rare George Harrison tape that was on auction in 2010 but not sold, featuring him singing Beatles songs he didn't do with the Beatles. The approximately 45 minute tape was described as an impromptu jam session with musicians at the Taj Holiday Village in Goa, India.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Paul McCartney tells LIPA graduates 'go out there and be wonderful'

Paul McCartney told students at LIPA to "go out there and be wonderful" at its annual graduation ceremony. He joked students should ignore what they had learned and "be yourself." LIPA, co-founded by Paul and opened in 1995, is housed in Paul and George Harrison's old grammar school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
George Harrison Memorial Tree meets a rather ironic end

In the truth is stranger than fiction department, LA Councilman Tom LaBonge announced Saturday that the tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation. Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Movie's heartwarming tribute to boyhood includes Beatles mix CD

Richard Linklater's new movie Boyhood, shot over the course of 12 years, follows its protagonist as he grows up. On his 15th birthday, he receives a mix CD from his father, played by Ethan Hawke. Called The Black Album, it's a compilation of the best of John, Paul, George, and Ringo's solo work, post-Beatles.

Source: Buzz Feed
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
George Harrison's Here Comes the Sun turns 45 today

45 years ago today, George Harrison skipped out on a recording session for Abbey Road and went over to his friend Eric Clapton's house. Harrison said, "The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote Here Comes the Sun."

Source: FDRMX
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
George Harrison's former home in Upton Green to be sold at auction

The house at 25 Upton Green in Speke, home to George Harrison during the early stages of Beatlemania, and a popular hang-out for the band during their formative years, is set to be sold at auction. The company responsible for the sale of the house says they have already received national and international enquiries.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Catalina, music fest, Beatles film and fireworks for the Fourth

Ring in the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Catalina Island with fireworks and two special events including the 50th anniversary screening of A Hard Day's Night on July 6, held at the Casino, Avalon's iconic circular theater. After the film, Pattie Boyd will share memories of acting in the film and meeting George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, June 27, 2014
University of North Carolina honors Ringo with plaque

Ringo Starr received a proclamation from the University of North Carolina in recognition of his contributions to music, culture and life at large. Mark Katz, chairman of UNC-Chapel Hill's music department, said, "an institution of higher education recognizing that he's more than just an entertainer, he seemed to take that seriously."

Source: Indy Week
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Album on Lon Van Eaton's new label benefits American vets

"American Made" on Stone Soup Records, a new label from Lon Van Eaton, will support the American Legion, the Purple Heart Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project and many more. Van Eaton, along with his brother Derek, was produced by George Harrison on Apple Records and was inspired by George's "Concert for Bangladesh."

Source: NJ.com
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Gerry Rafferty's guitars fetch $42,470 at auction

Four guitars owned by the late Gerry Rafferty fetched ?25,000 at an auction today in London. A Fender Esquire guitar, made in 1954, that sold for ?10,000 ($17,000), was also said to have previously belonged to George Harrison. A Fender Mustang also sold for ?3,125, over ?1000 more than Bonham's had expected.

Source: The Scotsman
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Paul McCartney bounces back from illness for birthday dinner

Paul McCartney has bounced back from his shock hospitalisation last month to celebrate his birthday with friends at a dinner in London. McCartney was pictured looking well and in high spirits when he headed for the dinner where he was joined by Barbara Bach, Olivia Harrison and Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey and their wives.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK

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