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Friday, July 21, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison announces debut solo album

In///Parallel, the debut solo album by Dhani Harrison, will be released via BMG Records on Oct. 6. Dhani, the son of George and Olivia Harrison, will also perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, next Monday, July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City, July 30. It is now available for pre-order.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Fender debuts new signature George Harrison guitar

Fender has announced four new artist signature models at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, including the limited-edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster, which embodies Harrison's elegantly restrained playing style and sound, based on his original Telecaster. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, July 13, 2017
City of Benton says no to George Harrison mural

Benton City Council members nixed the idea of a proposed Beatles-themed mural near Interstate 57, saying it has no economic benefit to the city. Artist John Cerney had the idea of painting the 16-foot mural depicting George Harrison and his fans in Benton because of the story behind George visiting his sister Lousie there.

Source: Benton News
Monday, July 10, 2017
Unseen photos show John Lennon and George Harrison together in 1971

Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer. The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked Lennon to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The evening I discussed dish-washing with George Harrison

It's the early 90s, a small activity centre in the Brecon Beacons, and the man who wrote Here Comes the Sun wants to know how his young son's getting on. "Hello." "Hello. Who is it this time?" "Hayley. I work in the kitchen." There was a chuckle down the line. "What a great thing to do." There was no sarcasm, he was being nice.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
George Harrison's fish-eye selfies in India

In 1966 George Harrison took a trip to India, and what resulted was an array of picturesque fish-eye selfies that perfectly capture that eastern tangent to The Beatles' discography. Besides the fact that there is actually a compilation of George Harrison selfies in existence, it's the shots themselves that are so remarkable.

Source: Happy
Monday, July 3, 2017
George Formby's banjolele sells at auction for £28,500

A banjo ukulele formerly owned by popular 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby has been sold at auction for £28,500 (about $37,000). The instrument attracted worldwide interest with bids from America and Dubai. George Harrison tried to buy the banjolele from a previous owner in the early 90s, but he would not part with it.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, June 30, 2017
Banjo ukelele owned by George Formby to be sold at auction

Legendary singer-songwriter George Formby's famous banjo ukelele, a valuable Gibson UB3, one of the three that Formby owned, will be going under the hammer today, and is expected to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000 (about $39,000). George Harrison was a big fan of George Formby, he owned two of Formby's ukuleles.

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mercedes once owned by George Harrison to go up for sale

A customised black 500SEL Mercedes owned by George Harrison for 16-years will be sold by its owner, a rock memorabilia collector owner, at auction in late November. The car, which Harrison also used to give Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr lifts to the studio, was found in Brighton while researching his lifelong love affair with Mercedes.

Source: Cambridge News, UK
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Former Beatle's house open to public for temple open day

A Hindu temple is welcoming members of the public to share their culture in its annual family open day. Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, Hilfield Lane will be opening its doors to people of all faiths on Saturday, July 1. The building and the grounds in Radlett were donated by the late Beatles member George Harrison.

Source: Hendon & Finchley Times, UK
Monday, June 19, 2017
Olivia Harrison gifts lost George Harrison song to Ringo Starr

Olivia Harrison has given Ringo Starr a lost Beatles song her husband George wrote. Olivia found typed lyrics to "Hey, Ringo" forgotten in a piano bench. George is thought to have written it as a plea for the band to stay together around the time of their 1970 split. She says she hopes Ringo and Paul McCartney could put it to music.

Source: The Sun, UK
Friday, June 16, 2017

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Dhani Harrison readies first solo album, solo shows

Dhani Harrison announced today that he's signed with BMG Records and will release his first solo album this fall. It was also announced that next month, he'll perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, on July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City on July 30. The upcoming album is still unnamed.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
George Harrison's extended I Me Mine inspires London pop-up

Genesis Publications is to host a free pop-up exhibition in London this weekend to celebrate the UK launch of George Harrison I Me Mine - The Extended Edition. The exhibition will be open from Friday to Sunday at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London, and will include reproductions of Harrison's handwritten lyrics, and personal photographs.

Source: U Discover Music
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Letter George Harrison wrote to Astrid Kirchherr goes up for auction

A remarkable letter which George Harrison wrote to his friend Astrid Kirchherr in August 1963 is now up for sale for £20,000 (about $28,275). Written just as the Beatles were on the verge of international stardom, Harrison asks Kirchherr to send him the photos she took of them so he could use them in a book he had idea of writing.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Picture: Is this George Harrison's first ever guitar?

A guitar that could be the very first six-string owned by George Harrison is set to go under the hammer next month. The no-name nylon-string is believed to pre-date all other guitars played by the Beatle. Harrison is said to have practised on the nylon-string as a child, before developing a more serious interest in guitar at the age of 14.

Source: Music Radar
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
New I Me Mine lyric print now available

As a new, worldwide exclusive, Genesis subscribers can now own a piece of Beatles' history: a facsimile of George Harrison's handwritten song lyrics for I Me Mine. It is being reproduced for the first time, with the permission of the Harrison Estate, to complement this year's publication of I Me Mine – The Extended Edition.

Source: Genesis Publications
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Guitar George Harrison's mother gave to neighbor up for auction

George Harrison's cheap first guitar which has been gently weeping in a cupboard for more than 50 years could fetch tens of thousands of pounds when it is sold next month. The Beatles' guitarist learnt to play on the battered instrument which was given to a neighbour by Harrison's mother when his parents moved house in 1965.

Source: The Times, UK
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
George Harrison's Kinfauns house, Esher, to receive blue plaque

George Harrison is to be posthumously honored with a blue plaque on his former home Kinfauns, in Esher, England, where some demos for the White Album were recorded. Pattie Boyd, Harrison's first wife, who lived with him at Kinfauns from 1965 to 1970, will unveil the plaque this evening at the site of the original building.

Source: Surrey Comet, UK
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Review: George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection

Most hardcore Beatles fans agree that George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, released mere months after the band's world-shaking breakup in 1970, is the best solo album ever made by an ex-Beatle. With the recent resurgence of the vinyl LP, the timing is perfect to give George Harrison's catalog the full treatment.

Source: Relix
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K.

According to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, to be published this Sunday, Paul McCartney, with his wife Nancy Shevell, is the richest musician in the U.K., largely thanks to his continued live performances and online sales. Olivia and Dhani Harrison come in on the list at number 7, and Ringo Starr tied at number 8.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Friday, April 28, 2017
HandMade films to be honored by Edinburgh's film festival

The films made by The Beatles' George Harrison's movie company, HandMade Films, are to be celebrated by Edinburgh's international film festival this year. The films, including Time Bandits, Withnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising, will be part of the film festival's retrospective theme looking at Great Britain.

Source: The Sunday Herald, Scotland
Monday, April 24, 2017
On When We Was Fab, George Harrison embraces his past

Looking back, Cloud Nine, released thirty years ago by George Harrison, seems like just another in the long line of triumphant solo albums released by The Beatles. Yet at the time, no one seemed like a longer shot to create a hit record than Harrison, whose reputation as wanting nothing to do with making records peaked in the '80s.

Source: American Songwriter
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Book Review: I Me Mine – The Extended Edition tells all about the quiet one

The six hundred and thirty pages of George Harrison's I Me Mine - The Extended Edition reads more like a scrapbook than a formal autobiography. It is not a book to read and file on the shelf, but instead to leave out to pick up on a whim as a means of grasping how the various themes of George Harrison's life intertwine.

Source: Glide Magazine
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cabin Club which inspired Beatles song to get £1.5m refurb Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's famous Cabin Club building that once inspired a Beatles song is finally set to undergo a £1.5m refurbishment. The club is set to have inspired George Harrison to write his first song for The Beatles, Don't Bother Me, in 1963. It's said he was inspired after being harassed by photographers on his way into the club.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack includes ELO and George Harrison

2014's smash Guardians of the Galaxy movie was laced with eight-track-era gems, including Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" and Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." The music in the upcoming sequel Vol. 2, out on May 5, will include George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky."

Source: Yahoo! Music
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Video: George Harrison talks about his Fender Stratocaster

George Harrison played a number of guitars during his years in the Beatles, one guitar that doesn't get talked about much is the 1961 Fender Stratocaster Harrison played starting in 1965 on the Help! album. The guitar became one of his favorites. In this clip from the early Nineties, Harrison discusses his love for the Fender Strat.

Source: Guitar World
The 20 best George Harrison songs

George Harrison was an inextricable member of the Beatles who regularly contributed stunning, lesser-known songs like "Long, Long, Long" and "For You Blue." He almost single-handedly introduced Eastern music into the Western pop sphere and organized the first rock benefit concert, the Concert For Bangladesh.

Source: Paste Magazine
Monday, April 10, 2017
Dhani Harrison helps ELO light up their Rock Hall 2017 induction

ELO was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame by Dhani Harrison on Friday night. Harrison told of seeing ELO in concert at age seven, and said Jeff Lynne is "a great songwriter, producer, musical [genius] of our time, a rare genius, a real live legend, ELO's mastermind for nearly 50 years. Jeff is one of my father's dearest friends."

Video: Dhani's Speech  Source: Best Classic Bands
Interview: Remastering George Harrison reissues

When it came to taking on such a daunting project as remastering George Harrison's entire body of solo work for their recent reissue, the Harrison estate turned to esteemed mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen and his team at Lurssen Mastering Studios, who previously remastered Harrison's first six solo albums for The Apple Years box set.

Source: uDiscoverMusic
Friday, April 7, 2017
25 Years Ago: George Harrison plays his final full concert

On April 6, 1992, George Harrison surprised patient fans with his first solo show in the U.K. since leaving the Beatles. It would turn out to be his final full-length show. George said, "When I stepped on the Royal Albert Hall, it was unbelievable. I couldn't control - the audience were just so happy. It was the most incredible buzz."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dark Side of the Moon console will be used for recording again

The original recording console used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon which sold last week for over $2.4 million, will be used to record music again, according to its new owner. Used at Abbey Road Studios between 1971 and 1983, the console was also used to record by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Exclaim!
Friday, March 31, 2017
45 Years Ago: George Harrison helps disband the Beatles Fan Club

When the Beatles broke up in 1970, you might have expected their fan club to end as well. But it was in late 1971, when quotes from Pattie were published in which she claimed the couple were planning to adopt a child, ran afoul of George Harrison, and a letter was sent saying the Beatles wished to have their fan clubs dissolved.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for £1.4m

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon has been sold for a record-breaking £1.4 million (about $1.8 million). The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: ITV News, UK
Are the Traveling Wilburys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame worthy?

The Traveling Wilburys are the only band to have every member inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame individually without the band being inducted. If the band were inducted, Dylan, Petty and Orbison would also become two-time inductees, while Harrison would be only the second three-time inductee (along with Eric Clapton).

Source: Cleveland.com
Friday, March 24, 2017
Wonderwall Music: Macca's banjo, Mellotron and a Monkee

What do you get if you cross a Monkee, two Beatles, the man they called God, Paul McCartney's banjo and India's musical elite? The answer is Wonderwall Music. Released on November 1, 1968, three weeks before the White Album, George Harrison's heartfelt, eccentric film soundtrack was the first solo record by a Beatle.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Rent the flat George Harrison and Pattie Boyd shared with Ringo Starr

A Knightsbridge flat that was home to two of The Beatles is available to rent. Ringo Starr and George Harrison, along with Harrison's fiancée, Pattie Boyd, moved into Whaddon House, William Mews, in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. Beatles manager Brian Epstein lived upstairs on the fifth floor.

Source: Homes & Property, UK
Friday, March 3, 2017
Olivia Harrison reflects on her late husband and his re-released book

Olivia Harrison has been deep in her husband's writing for months, culling scraps of paper, notebook entries, scribbles on hotel stationery and napkins for the new "extended edition" of Harrison's 1980 quasi-autobiography, "I Me Mine." which was published Feb. 25 on what would have been "the quiet Beatle's" 74th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Abbey Road recording console goes up for auction

A custom-made Abbey Road Studios console used to record Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is going up for auction in New York later this month. Installed in Abbey Road's iconic Studio Two between 1971 and 1983, it was also used by other pop and rock greats such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Audio Media International
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Inside George Harrison's newly expanded memoir

Olivia Harrison's ongoing mission to excavate, catalog and share the long musical history of her husband is never-ending, and now comes the expanded reissue of his 1980 book, I Me Mine, a casually intimate memoir. The book includes a handful of lyrics never recorded, including something from the early seventies called "Hey Ringo."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
George Harrison celebrated with two-part in the studio special

Syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates George Harrison's birthday with a two part special featuring George speaking frankly on songwriting, collaborations, stage fright, touring Japan, his little known impish sense of humor, inspiration, friendships and more.

Source: Anti-Music
Monday, February 27, 2017
Video: Tedeschi Trucks Band pays tribute to George Harrison

Last night the Warner Theatre in Washington DC, the Tedeschi Trucks Band covered several songs in tribute to the late George Harrison on what would have been The Beatles guitarist's birthday. They performed Within You Without You, Wah-Wah from his landmark solo album All Things Must Pass, and the Beatles favorite Something.

Source: Jam Base

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