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Monday, October 5, 2015
George Harrison nominated for 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame

George Harrison is among the A-list contenders nominated for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave The Associated Press a list of the nominees in advance of the official announcement tomorrow. Voting ends on December 11, winners will be inducted next June in New York City.

Source: CBS News
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd Behind the Lens

A vision of loveliness who attracted the eye of some of the best photographers in the world, not to mention the fancy of two of rock 'n' roll's most iconic guitar heroes, today Pattie Boyd feels most comfortable on the other side of camera. Her Behind the Lens exhibit presents still and moving images while telling some of the stories behind her work.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

George Harrison at War Memorial
War grave of George Harrison's grandfather identified

Researchers claim to have discovered the first World War grave in northern France of the grandfather of former Beatle George Harrison, who had Irish roots on his mother's side. Pte Henry Harrison, who had seven children, died on September 25th, 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. The discovery was described as a "complete surprise."

Source: Irish Times, UK
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

George Harrison's life now immortalized, comic book style

George Harrison is to be immortalized in the world of comic books. "Orbit: George Harrison" will debut this week as part of StormFront Comics' popular Orbit series. It will explore Harrison's life from his teens until his death in 2001, touching on the musician's religious beliefs as well as the ups and downs of his career before and after the Beatles.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Ringo discovers thousands of undeveloped Beatles negatives

Ringo just hit the motherload of Beatles memorabilia. Recently forced to move some of his things in storage, he came across thousands of undeveloped negatives. The majority of them contained images of Starr's former band mates, George, Paul and John, including their first visit to the United States in 1964.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Alan White
Interview: Legendary drummer Alan White

What sets Alan White, drummer for Yes, John Lennon and George Harrison, apart from other rock stars, is the fact that he literally has never been on an audition. He never even tried to be a rock legend. John Lennon once called him to offer a spot in The Plastic Ono Band, and Alan hung up on Lennon, assuming it was a prank call.

Source: LA Music Blog
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison creates original music for new film

Learning to Drive, with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley as a Sikh Indian driving instructor, is now in limited release. At last year's Toronto International Film Festival, it was runner-up for the audience award. Sharing soundtrack credit with Paul Hicks on the film's original music is Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison.

Source: The Reporter
Monday, August 31, 2015
Pattie Boyd makes International Beatleweek debut

Pattie Boyd has spoken about her life with George Harrison during her debut at International Beatleweek in Liverpool. The model and photographer was interviewed by Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn in front of a packed ballroom at the Adelphi. Boyd first met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964, they married in 1966.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mayor of Henley proposes a tribute George Harrison would love

The Mayor of Henley has proposed a George Harrison memorial garden. Councillor Lorraine Hillier made the suggestion on last week. "I would like to see a garden for George Harrison rather than a statue," she said. Olivia Harrison has said the idea of statue didn't appeal to her. George Harrison moved to Friar Park, Henley in the Seventies.

Source: Henley Standard, UK
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fifth Beatle Billy Preston topped Billboard chart 42 years ago today

On July 7, 1973, Billy Preston's single "Will It Go Round in Circles" hit number one on the Billboard charts. When Preston was fifteen, he went on tour with Little Richard, he met George Harrison at a concert in Hamburg, Germany, and they became life-long friends. That lead to Preston being invited to the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Olivia Harrison supports auction to save Asian elephants in India

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have launched an ambitious fund-raising drive for conservation of Asian elephants in India with a royal auction of auto-rickshaws in London. An exquisite "Calcutta 74" rickshaw created by Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was bought by Olivia Harrison for 55,000.

Source: New Indian Express
Monday, June 29, 2015
Peter Frampton reissue includes emotional George Harrison tribute

After an incredible run through the 1970s, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986, these albums, including his album called "Now" will be rereleased in August and September. On "Now," Frampton pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing, emotional cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Noise 11
Friday, June 19, 2015
Video: James Taylor recalls nervous Beatles audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' new label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
George Harrison tribute to play at Festival of Chichester

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard. They will be featured at the Festival of Chichester on June 17. Eberhard, a George Harrison fan since he was 13, says he believes that as a song-writer, Harrison was very much underrated.

Source: West Sussex Today, UK
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Unique Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon suit for sale on eBay

A suit worn by John Lennon and a musical instrument once owned by both George Harrison and George Formby, both valued at 100,000 each (about $153,400), are among Beatles-related items up for sale on auction site eBay. The items have been previously been on display in The Beatles Story in Liverpool from 2011 to May 2015.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Handwritten George Harrison letter sells for almost $20,000

A handwritten letter by George Harrison has been sold for 13,000. The letter, postmarked May 7, 1966, written to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, who traveled with The Beatles during their 1964 and 1965 American tour, describes how they considered breaking from producer George Martin to record with Jim Stewart at Stax in Memphis.

Related Articles  Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
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."

Related Articles  More Information  Source: The Telegraph, UK
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.

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.

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
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
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Review: George Harrison Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese's documentary film George Harrison Living in the Material World takes you on a musical and spiritual journey of one of the music world's most mysterious and fascinating personalities. When most people think of The Beatles they refer to George as "the quiet one". He was much more than that.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Beatles DJ giving away George Harrison next week

Fans can win both the new George Harrison DVD for the Martin Scorsese directed documentary Living In The Material World and the accompanying CD release Early Takes Vol. 1 on Ken Michaels' website next week. The DVD and CD together as a package will be given away 8 days in a row leading up to Father's Day.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, February 25, 2012
George Harrison's birthday saluted with music video tribute

Today is the 69th anniversary of the birth of George Harrison. His birthday is saluted this year with the release of a new music video featuring actress/singer Evan Rachel Wood that honors an organization that George Harrison both supported and inspired.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 21, 2011
McCartney tribute band marks 10th anniversary of passing of George Harrison

New England-based tribute band "One Sweet Dream: The Paul McCartney Experience!" will be performing a special concert next Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of the passing of George Harrison. Along with the usual format of Paul's Beatles and solos, there will also be a special set of George Harrison's Beatles and solos, including Traveling Wilburys.

Source: Beatles News

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