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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.

Source: Rolling Stone
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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.

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
Music of George Harrison to be celebrated in Hampshire

In an evening dubbed All Things Must Pass, a 10-piece band will be celebrating the music of George Harrison at The Spring in Havant, Hampshire, UK, next Friday. His former sound engineer David Entshcel says, "The show is a celebration of George's music, all professionally and faithfully performed with love and respect."

Source: The News, Portsmouth, UK
Monday, June 16, 2014
Candid photos taken at Bangladesh benefit to fetch thousands

A set of candid photos featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono ahead of the Concert for Bangladesh have emerged for sale and are expected to sell for thousands. In the photos, the former Beatles appear to be on good terms despite the Fab Four splitting up a year before the landmark benefit gig in 1971.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Pattie Boyd to recount meeting Beatles at A Hard Day's Night screening

"Will you marry me?" a 21-year-old George Harrison asked 19-year-old British model Pattie Boyd the first day of meeting her on the set of The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night. She didn't know if George's question was serious or a joke, but eventually it came true two years later when she married Harrison in 1966.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, May 23, 2014
George Harrison's last-ever letter was to Mike Myers

On Nov. 29, 2001, George Harrison. In a new interview, actor Mike Myers reveals that, earlier that day, he received a piece of fan mail from Harrison, which he says was the last letter Harrison ever wrote. About Austin Powers, Harrison wrote, "Thanks for the movies, so much fun."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, May 19, 2014
George Harrison guitar fetches $657,000 at auction

An electric guitar played by George Harrison has sold for $657,000 at an auction in New York. Harrison played the 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar on British TV shows like Ready Steady Go! in 1963, prior to the band's US invasion in 1964, and also during the recording of I Want to Hold Your Hand and This Boy.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Book Review: It's Not Only Rock 'n Roll by Jenny Boyd

For many of us who grew up in the 60s, Jenny Boyd and her sister Patti, who married George Harrison, were the epitome of Swinging London. Now Boyd is all grown up and a Ph.D. and she has written It's Not Only Rock 'n Roll, a book that looks at the nature of creativity, where it comes from and how it is nourished.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Beatles launch experimental Zapple Records 45 years ago

In 1968, the Beatles issued their first release on Apple Records. A few months later, a side label existing solely for the purpose of more experimental outings was proposed, called "Zapple." George Harrison's Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions were Zapple's first efforts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
George Harrison's guitar up for auction

A guitar owned by George Harrison is heading to auction along with other Beatles and rock memorabilia. The Julien's Auctions sale is May 17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. The 1962 Rickenbacker 425 is estimated to bring up to $600,000. The auction also has a Beatles '65 album signed by all four Beatles.

Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
George's big sister makes sure Liverpool Legends are Beatles at heart

Louise Harrison remembers The Beatles as kind and sincere young men who loved their music and fans. So the late George Harrison's sister tried to find musicians with similar values when she formed the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. "They would be the guys that George would have wanted to hang out with," said Louise.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Beatles supported me...and I'm still touring 50 years later

In 1958, as Lonnie Donegan topped the charts with Rock Island Line, Joe Brown?joined his first Skiffle band at 17. The Beatles appeared with him in Liverpool in 1962, it was George Harrison who was?Joe's biggest fan and after he sang?Joe's big hit Pictures of You on the Beatles' first radio broadcast, the two became close friends.

Source: Southport Visitor, UK
Monday, April 7, 2014
DJ's collection includes very rare George Harrison autograph

Breakfast With The Beatles host Chachi Loprete has collected several autographs of the Beatles over the years. His most prized Beatles autograph is from his personal favorite Beatle, George Harrison. It's inside George's autobiography I Me Mine, a limited edition of the book, only 2,000 copies of Chachi's version were ever produced.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd 35 years ago today

On March 27, 1979, Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison and the inspiration for the songs "Something," and "Layla." Clapton and Harrison became close friends in the '60s, at which time Clapton became infatuated with Boyd, who continually rebuffed his advances. But Clapton remained deeply in love with her.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Celebration of George Harrison songs

All Things Must Pass, celebrating The Music Of George Harrison, comes to the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK on Thursday, April 3. A powerful 10-piece band, recruited by some of the finest and most experienced musicians in South England, plays exclusively songs written by Harrison.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, UK
Monday, March 17, 2014
Rare guitar owned by George Harrison to be auctioned in May

A rare Rickenbacker guitar once owned by George Harrison and also played by John Lennon is among the Beatles items up for bids at a music memorabilia auction scheduled to take place on May 16 and 17 at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square. The guitar is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Friday, February 21, 2014
George Harrison birthday celebration this Tuesday in Hollywood

A George Harrison birthday celebration will take place this Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 PM at George Harrison's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. There will be a "Cake-Cutting Ceremony" led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of "Breakfast With the Beatles."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friends to meet in Los Angeles to wish George happy birthday

Next Tuesday, George Harrison would have been 71 years old. A few friends, including Beatles news personality Gillian Lomax and myself, Adam Forrest, are going to meet up again at "The George Harrison Tree" up at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon to remember George and wish him "Happy Birthday".

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, November 22, 2013
George Harrison to be remembered in Hollywood next Friday

George Harrison, 12 years after his passing, will be remembered and honored by his fans and admirers at a public gathering being held next Friday at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood. Fans are invited to bring flowers and candles to place around his star and will also be invited to perform music and poetry.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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