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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
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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, 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
Monday, December 22, 2014
Rare George Harrison acetate for auction on eBay

An unreleased 1969 acetate featuring a jam with Beatle George Harrison and keyboardist Billy Preston went up for auction on eBay today. It's an Apple Studios acetate recorded during the sessions for Preston's "That's The Way God Planned It" LP. The original was originally owned by drummer Ginger Baker of Cream.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, December 18, 2014
George Harrison to receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy announced its annual Special Merit Awards recipients earlier today. It was announced that George Harrison will be honored with The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a 1976 tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation, Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Parents fight plan to expand Beatles' old school

Dovedale Junior School, off Penny Lane in Liverpool, has remained virtually unchanged since John Lennon and George Harrison were pupils there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But parents today launched a campaign to halt a plan that would see the present school, built in the 1930s, expanded to accommodate 840 pupils from 630.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Monday, December 15, 2014
John and Yoko launch War Is Over! campaign 45 years ago today

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global War Is Over! campaign, performing at UNICEF's "Peace for Christmas" concert in London. George Harrison also performed, it was he first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles' last show in 1966.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Monday, December 8, 2014
George Harrison releases the very dark Dark Horse 40 years ago today

Produced during a particularly turbulent period of George Harrison's life, Dark Horse marked the beginning of a '70s-era downward turn for the ex-Beatle that was as sudden as it was complete and surprising. After all, this all-star project, released on Dec. 9, 1974, followed a pair of bestselling, mind-changing solo studio efforts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 1, 2014
Fans gather for George Harrison memorial in Hollywood

Fans paid tribute to George Harrison on Saturday outside Capitol Records in Hollywood, on the 13th anniversary of his death in 2001. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge greeted the fans and said that George's tree in Griffith Park will be reseeded very soon. Zane Suarez, Jason Berk, and a duo named Jewels and Johnny Nation performed.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, November 28, 2014
Beatles ashram now becoming lost in India wilderness

George Harrison died on November 29, 2001. But in a nondescript ashram, overrun by creepers of Uttarakhand's Rajaji National Park, one of the defining legacies of Harrison and The Beatles continues to live on. Today, a few Beatles devotees, mostly Western tourists, seek out the ashram to pay their respects.

Source: The Times of India
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
George Harrison's former doctor to pay $2.5M for Medicare scam

Gil Lederman, who became infamous for pushing late icon George Harrison to sign a guitar, has agreed to fork over $2.5 million to pay for bogus Medicare billings between 1996 and 2003 related to his oncology practice, prosecutors said Monday. Lederman has denied any wrongdoing.

Source: NY Post
Thursday, November 20, 2014
George Harrison Collection to be released in HD digital audio

Released on CD in September, the new George Harrison collection, "The Apple Years 1968-75," which includes Harrison's first six solo studio albums, will make its global high definition digital audio debut November 24. It was mastered in hi-res 96kHz/24bit digital resolution for the first time from the original master tapes.

Source: All Access
Friday, November 14, 2014
Stella McCartney tribute brings together Paul, Yoko, and Dhani Harrison

At Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center's second annual Corporate Fund gala, designer Stella McCartney was honored with a Q&A and dinner gala, which became a Beatles reunion of sorts that had Yoko Ono getting hugs and kisses from Paul and Nancy McCartney, Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, after which Dhani performed.

Source: Showbiz 411
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
George Harrison: The notes you never hear

Dhani Harrison recently sparked conversation regarding his father's guitar playing while rehearsing his song "Let It Down." It began when one of Harrison's band members overheard him playing his father's solo, telling him he was playing the notes wrong. Harrison said he was "doing my own solo, not the one in the song."

Source: Vidette Online, Illinois State Univesity

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