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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Previously unseen letter reveals aborted plan for Beatles to record at Stax

A previously unseen letter by George Harrison reveals how the Beatles pulled out of a planned recording at the famed Stax studios in Memphis in 1966 because they did not want to be exploited. Harrison wrote that at the mere mention of the word "Beatles" people involved in the deal got "insane with money."

More Information  Source: The Telegraph, UK
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Monday, May 18, 2015
Guitar George Harrison played in concert sells for $485,000 at auction

George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used during Beatles' live performances in 1963, sold for $485,000 at auction on Friday. Estimated to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000, it was lent to Harrison by Barratt's Music Store while Harrison's legendary Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar was being repaired.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, May 15, 2015
Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction

A guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York today, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. Harrison borrowed the guitar while his was under repair and was photographed and filmed playing it at the Cavern Club in the early 60s.

Source: Yahoo! News
Monday, May 11, 2015
Video: Extended trailer for HBO's Rock Hall 2015 special

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony won't air on HBO until May 30, but they have unveiled an extended trailer from the all-star event. It includes concert footage and interview clips of Paul McCartney and Ringo, who says, "You can't get in until 25 years after you've had your first hit. Well I'm way passed that."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Grandfather's appeal over George Harrison guitar mystery

A Beatles fan is appealing for help from any experts who can tell him whether a guitar bought he 50 years ago might have belonged to George Harrison. Bob Blowes, 75, bought a Saxon jumbo acoustic guitar in Liverpool in 1962, and the sales person told him one of the Beatles had brought it in and exchanged it for an electric guitar.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Death ruled unlawful of former security guard of George Harrison

Scottish security guard Paul McGuigan was unlawfully by his colleague Danny Fitzsimons in Iraq, a coroner ruled today. Fitzsimons had been dismissed from the Army and the security firm took him on without vetting him properly. McGuigan had previously worked as a bodyguard for George Harrison.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, May 8, 2015
Album proves best Beatles songwriter wasn't McCartney or Lennon

The John Lennon and Paul McCartney songwriting duo has been so lionized throughout history it's difficult to consider them anything besides creative divinity. However, after the Beatles broke up, neither achieved a comparable level of artistic mastery. But a third Beatle did: George Harrison, with his solo debut, All Things Must Pass.

Source: Mic.com
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
George Harrison guitar up for grabs at Music Icons auction

Julien's Auctions will host its Music Icons sale on May 15-16 in New York. Among the music royalty items on sale is a Mastersound electric guitar played by Beatle Harrison, estimated to fetch up to $600,000. It's a guitar that he played in 1963 at various performances throughout the UK and at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Source: Reuters
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Audio: George Harrison's sister celebrates his legacy

The sister of George Harrison, Louise, manages a Beatles tribute band called the Liverpool Legends, and they played a sold-out black-tie benefit for the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas recently. She has a book called "My Kid Brother's Band," and in an interview, talked about what it's like being the sister of a Beatle.

Source: Houston Public Media
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wes Carr channels George Harrison in Here Comes The Sun

Wes Carr will sing the songs of George Harrison in his new show "Here Comes The Sun," which features Wes retelling tales and anecdotes from Harrison, the man known as "the quiet Beatle". Carr says, "George wasn't just a Beatle, he was more than that, and I celebrate his views and outlook on life."

Source: Noise 11
Wedding bells again for Pattie Boyd at 71

Photographer and author Pattie Boyd, famous for marriages to George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has tied knot for the third time, marrying Rod Weston on Thursday in London, accompanied by their dog Freddie at the registry office. This is her third marriage, her first was to George Harrison in 1966, her second to Eric Clapton in 1979.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Celebrating the music of George Harrison

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard, which has taken Alex away from his drumming and put him back on the guitar where he started. As a song-writer, Harrison was very much underrated, Eberhard believes.

Source: Worthing Herald, UK
Friday, April 17, 2015
8 ways George Harrison saved British cinema

After the Beatles, his solo work and the Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison turned film producer and helped bring some of Britain's very best films to the screen when others wouldn't. His film studio Handmade arrived at a time when the entertainment industry was in flux and crying out for change in order to survive.

Source: What Culture
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Traveling Wilburys guitar to be auctioned to benefit South Carolina school

Thomas Heyward Academy in South Carolina will hold its fourth annual Spring Gala on Saturday and one item on the auction list sure to draw some attention is a rare collector's item, a guitar from the 1990s Traveling Wilburys collection, donated by Gretsch. Similar guitars sold for as much as $10,000 in past auctions.

Source: Savannah Morning News
Steve Lukather says George Harrison inspired him to play

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather spoke in a recent interview about his early influences and says George Harrison was chief amongst them. "George Harrison, 'I Saw Her Standing There.' Off the Beatles' first album. That was the one where I said, 'I want to be that guy.' I was able to tell George that because we became friends later in life."

Source: RTT News
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Modern mansion has a Beatles connection

Blue Jay is set within the grounds of former royal residence Claremont House Gardens in Surrey, according to the site's developer. The new five-bedroom home in Esher, England, was built on part of the site of George Harrison's 1960s country property Kinfauns, and the property takes its name from Harrison's song Blue Jay way.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
First-ever US Ravi Shankar exhibition to open at L.A. Grammy Museum

"Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music" will be unveiled at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 29, marking the first exhibition in the U.S. to celebrate India's most esteemed musician, who died in 2012. April 29 would also have been the renowned sitar player and Beatles' inspiration's 95th birthday.

Source: The American Bazaar
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Video: Beatles' 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

The Beatles were inducted as a band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono accepted the honor. Mick Jagger inducted the band, Ringo then came to the mike to deliver a few jokes. George and Ringo later hit the stage with an all-star lineup to perform I Saw Her Standing There.

Source: Cleveland.com
Friday, April 3, 2015
Page signed by all four Beatles in Manchester to be sold on eBay

One piece of paper signed by all four Beatles before their 1964 gig at Manchester's O2 Apollo, formerly known as the ABC Cinema, and a fan letter addressed to George are on sale on eBay for 6,000 (about $9,000). The fan letter contains a six-verse poem about the fab four and has never been published or seen in public before.

Source: Mancunian Matters, UK
Friday, March 27, 2015
Review: Louise Harrison's new book

Louise Harrison has recently published her book entitled, "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a the Beatles!" The 359-page book includes many interesting facets of the Harrison family history and Louise's life, as well as her brother, George Harrison's rise to fame with the Beatles, and will earn a valuable spot in Beatles history.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Ringo Starr says a Beatles reunion could have happened

The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison quashed the notion of a true Beatles reunion, but Ringo Starr believes that, had they lived, they could have pulled it off. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Starr said, "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'Okay, let's do it.' And we never got to that."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, March 20, 2015
Tribute band keeps George Harrison's musical legacy alive

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard. Alex explains. "I was a George Harrison fan since I was 13 back in Austria when I started playing guitar. I got into The Beatles and started playing, and for me George Harrison was the obvious choice."

Source: West Sussex Today, UK
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
George Harrison guitar and John Lennon bathrobe up for auction

George Harrison's electric guitar and John Lennon's bathrobe are among the eclectic highlights going under the hammer at an upcoming memorabilia sale. Harrison's stage-played Mastersound guitar is expected to be the big money item at the sale, but Lennon's bathrobe is also expected to fascinate bidders.

Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
How George Harrison helped Gary Wright strike gold

When Gary Wright's The Dream Weaver was certified gold in 1976, it only solidified the importance of George Harrison as a collaborator and confidant. Their relationship began to flourish just as Harrison began his solo career, with Wright contributing piano to Harrison's 1970 release All Things Must Pass.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, March 9, 2015
Estate on location of George Harrison's Kinfauns bugalow now for sale

A six-bedroom mansion, built on the land where George Harrison's colourful bungalow "Kinfauns" once stood, where he lived from 1964 to 1970, is on the market for 10million, complete with the original graffiti-covered gate. The words "I love George," carved into the wooden gate by an obsessed fan, are still visible.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Never before seen images may capture Paul McCartney's Beatles resignation

Never-before-seen images of The Beatles in 1968 may show George Harrison carrying Paul McCartney's resignation letter in his shirt pocket. The photographs were taken in 1968 on John Lennon's doorstep by then 19-year-old Michael Herring, who claims it was Paul McCartney's unopened resignation letter.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Escape from L.A. stress in the Pacific Palisades

The Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, located on Sunset Boulevard just off Pacific Coast Highway, is an urban oasis, a space designated for contemplation and serenity. After George Harrison's death, his family and friends gathered here for a private memorial service.

Source: San Diego Reader
Thursday, February 26, 2015
George Harrison tree replaned in Los Angeles

A shrubby yew pine which can withstand ice, drought and above all, beetles, has replaced the original George Harrison tree, which succumbed last year to a beetle infestation. Relatives and admirers gathered in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on Wednesday for a planting ceremony on what would have been George's 72nd birthday.

More Pictures  Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Listen: George Harrison's lost solo in Here Comes the Sun

George Harrison recorded a guitar solo for Here Comes The Sun that was cut from the album. George Martin, Harrison's son Dhani, and Martin's son Giles, rediscovered the solo while listening back to the master tracks in 2012, over 40 years after it was recorded. Dhani says, "It's totally different to anything I've ever heard."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
A History of George Harrison's HandMade Films

George Harrison created HandMade Films because he wanted to see a movie, Life of Brian, this thing the Monty Python crew was peddling all over London. George thought it would be funny. So Harrison mortgaged his house and put out the cash for what might have been the most expensive home movie ever made.

Source: Den of Geek
George Harrison's 7 most spiritual songs and the lessons they teach

George Harrison would have turned 72 years old today. In honor of his birthday and his life, this article highlights the former Beatle's seven most popular spiritual songs, seven because of the affinity he had to that number. What did they mean? What did he want to teach the world? And more importantly, did he succeed?

Source: The Examiner
Looking Back at some of George Harrison's best collaborations

Something Else Reviews celebrates George Harrison's birthday by revisiting some signature moments with collaborators from his earliest days of post-Beatles music making, including Gary Wright, Alan White, and Joey Molland, who reminisce about what George meant to them, sharing new insights into both the man and his music.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, February 20, 2015
George Harrison birthday celebrations in Hollywood and Rochester

The annual George Harrison Public Birthday Celebration will take place 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood. Also, fans in the Rochester area are invited to come out and celebrate as they salute George Harrison on Tuesday, February 24th at the Abilene Bar & Lounge.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 19, 2015
New Lead Belly documentary traces roots of the Beatles

Folksinging legend Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter is being celebrated next week with a documentary on the Smithsonian Channel. Among those inspired by Lead Belly was Lonnie Donegan, the founding father of British pop. George Harrison once said, "No Lead Belly, no Lonnie Donegan. Therefore no Lead Belly, no Beatles."

Source: Newser
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
New George Harrison tour of Liverpool to mark Beatle's birthday

A new Liverpool tour is to celebrate the life of George Harrison, with backing from famous race car driver Sir Stirling Moss. Beatle guide Jackie Spencer is running the tour this weekend to mark what would have been his birthday next week. It will be a four hour coach tour followed by an afternoon event at The Jacaranda.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison tree to be replanted in Los Angeles

The tree in Griffith Park dedicated to George Harrison will be replanted on the former Beatle's birthday of February 25. The Cayman Island Pine that was planted in tribute to the ex-Beatle in 2003 up in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Angeles made headlines last year when it was reported that the tree had died.

Source: The Examiner
Inquest reveals info about killer of former George Harrison bodyguard

A security guard who shot dead two colleagues in Iraq was a dangerous man who should not have been allowed to carry weapons, an inquest has heard. Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare were murdered by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009. McGuigan, a former Royal Marine, had previously worked as a bodyguard for George Harrison.

Source: BBC News
Monday, February 9, 2015
Ringo's Beatles drum case and George Harrison's Mercedes Benz for sale

A drum case used by Ringo Starr and a Mercedes Benz owned by George Harrison are being offered for sale. Ringo's name is stenciled on the case, and a sticker found inside the drum case features his signature in faded ink. George Harrison owned the 1984 Mercedes Benz 500 SEL with AMG package for 16 years.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, January 23, 2015
Audio Interview: Guitarist who inspired the Beatles

Even if you haven't heard classical guitarist Angel Romero play, you've heard his influence. He said, "They interviewed George Harrison of The Beatles. They asked him, How did you start playing the guitar? He said, From picking at Angel Romero's records." Romero also influenced the Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Review: George Harrison: The Apple Years: 1968-1975

When George Harrison passed away in 2001, the world lost a great voice, a great humanitarian, and an astonishing musician who never stopped trying to encourage higher thought through music. The new box set, The Apple Years: 1968-1975, does Harrison a great service, further cementing his bright legacy.

Source: PopMatters
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Video Flashback: George Harrison plays Here Comes the Sun in 1987

Perhaps the most memorable Prince's Trust concert was in 1987, when George Harrison performed Here Comes the Sun and While My Guitar Gently Weeps joined by Ringo Starr, Elton John and Eric Clapton. It was a very rare performance by Harrison, who'd largely been out of sight since the release of Gone Troppo in 1982.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Jeff Lynne never believed Bob Dylan would join the Traveling Wilburys

Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne was in the midst of producing George Harrison's 1987 comeback recording Cloud Nine when George made a left-field suggestion. "George said to me, You know what? You and me should have a group. Everybody wanted to be in it, nobody had a second thought, they just said yes."

Source: Something Else Reviews

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