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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
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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
Paul McCartney marks birthday of George Harrison

George Harrison was born in Liverpool on Feb. 25, 1943. Paul McCartney marked the anniversary of his old bandmate's birthday on Saturday with a touching throwback photo of a recording session. "My lovely friend George," McCartney tweeted. "Still celebrating his birthday. Lucky to have had him in my life."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Don't Bother Me made George Harrison Beatles' third song writer

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have long been ranked among the premiere songwriters of the 20th century. But the Fabs didn't have two great songwriters, they had three. The second most covered Beatles song is "Something," and the rest of George Harrison's catalogue is as impressive as those of John and Paul.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Monday, February 20, 2017
George Harrison pop-up exhibition announced

To mark George Harrison's birthday and the publication of I Me Mine Extended Edition, Genesis Publications will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store in Los Angeles nex Sunday. The exhibition will include George Harrison's handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, and pictures from the family albums.

Related Articles  Source: Anti-Music
George Harrison's Porsche 928 rescued from the scrapheap

When Raj Sedha bought a battered old Porsche 928 S in 2003, he planned to strip it for parts. But he got a surprise when his wife flicked through the paperwork and spotted Beatles star George Harrison's name on the original registration document. It is expected auction for £20,000 (about $25,000) next month.

Source: Motoring Research
Thursday, February 16, 2017
George Harrison video trove released online You Heard It Here First

With little fanfare, 19 diverse George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube recently, including live performances, standard videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. The collection provides an opportunity to revisit some of Harrison's best solo work and remember, once again, how much he is missed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, February 13, 2017
Tom Petty remembers meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Last night, Tom Petty was given the MusiCares Person of the Year Award in Los Angeles. During his speech, he told a story about the night he met George Harrison and Ringo Starr, working with Leon Russell in 1974. "The first session, in comes George Harrison and Ringo. They didn't need any words, those cats were so cool, you know."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison join Tom Petty at Heartbreakers reunion

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend. During the show, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, joined Petty on "I Won't Back Down." Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh were in the audience. The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.

Source: CBS Local
Monday, February 6, 2017
Medium captures John Lennon and George Harrison's spirits in photo

A medium believes the spirits of John Lennon and George Harrison appeared to her in a ghostly photo. Christine Hamlett says she uses a method called I.T.C (Instrumental Transcommunication), the use of electronic equipment to make contact with spirits. She invites spirits to show themselves in silver paper, then takes a photograph.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 2, 2017
George Harrison Beatles archive gets go-ahead

Olivia Harrison has won planning permission to build a George Harrison archive. Olivia will remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings including a building for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in "unsuitable conditions" in various places around the estate.

Related Articles  Source: Henley Standard, UK
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
George Harrison's What Is Life finally gets a music video

When George Harrison released "What Is Life" from his first solo album, it went without a music video because they still weren't a thing normally done at the time. Now the song finally has one to coincide with the George Harrison vinyl collection arriving in February to commemorate what would have been his 74th birthday.

Source: Radio.com
Monday, January 23, 2017
Drummer for Spooky Tooth Mike Kellie dies at 69

Mike Kellie, who was a founder of both Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones and had a lengthy career as a session drummer, working with artists including George Harrison, Peter Frampton and Traffic, died on Thursday, Jan. 18. He was 69. The news came via the Facebook page of John Perry of the Only Ones.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New George Harrison turntable now available

Pro-Ject has launched a new George Harrison turntable to celebrate the late musician's 74th birthday. Called the George Harrison Essential III, it was designed by California-based design agency Studio Number One, and is based on a 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by artist Shepard Fairey. It's limited to 2,500 units worldwide.

Source: What Hi-Fi?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
George Harrison's entire studio catalog to get vinyl reissue

To mark what would have been George Harrison's 74th birthday on February 25th, the Beatles guitarist's entire solo catalog will be reissued on vinyl. George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection features 13 albums, including all 12 of his solo studio LPs, from 1968's Wonderwall Music to 2002's Brainwashed, and the live album Live in Japan.

Official Press Release  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
New George Harrison bio stretches well past the Beatle years

Recent years have seen plenty of new and "definitive" bios on John, Paul and even Ringo. Now, George gets his own entry with this U.S. paperback reissue of George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door by UK music journalist Graeme Thomson, who also conducted dozens of fresh interviews with friends, collaborators and exes.

Source: Houston Press
Friday, December 9, 2016
George Harrison's estate posts throwback tribute to John Lennon

To celebrate John Lennon's life, the estate for George Harrison posted a tribute photo of the two former Beatles from the group's early days. On Thursday, 36 years after Lennon was murdered, Harrison's estate-maintained Twitter account tweeted a black-and-white photo of the two men together as young lads.

Related Articles  Source: Entetainment Weekly
Monday, December 5, 2016
Olivia Harrison reveals new plans for family archive at Friar Park

Olivia Harrison wants to build an archive at the home she shared with George for 30 years. The development would remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings, including one for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in "unsuitable conditions" around the estate.

Related Articles  Source: Henley Standard, UK
Friday, December 2, 2016
Look Back: Beatles dominate top radio hits of 1970

The Top 40 radio hits of 1970 as featured on Miami's WQAM is one of the best annual lists we've seen. At #19 was John Lennon's great Instant Karma! the first single by a member of The Beatles to sell a million copies. George Harrison's My Sweet Lord chants was at #9. And 1970's #1 single? None other than The Beatles' Let It Be.

Source: Best Classic Bands
25 Years Ago: George Harrison tours for the last time

George Harrison solo U.S. tour in 1974 was plagued by vocal issues, drug problems and a rock press that seemed more interested in his past as a Beatle than his present solo work. So, after 1974, he would quickly beg off any tour plans. That is, until 1991, when longtime buddy Eric Clapton made it a little tougher for George to say no.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
10 songs you might not know George Harrison had a hand in

Fans of George Harrison know he was a superb guitarist in The Beatles and on his solo albums. But he also exhibited some great talent when he stepped away from the Fab Four and played on other people's albums. Billboard has compiled a list of 10 songs you might not know Harrison can be heard on.

Source: Billboard

On this date in 1970: George Harrison goes solo

On this date in 1970, George Harrison's triple album All Things Must Pass was released in the UK. His first solo work since the break-up of The Beatles that April, it included the hits My Sweet Lord and What is Life? and also several tracks that had been turned down by The Beatles. It also included appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright and Billy Preston.

Source: KFVS TV
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
George Harrison's sister speaks out on the 15th anniversary of his death

On the 15th anniversary of his death, George Harrison's sister Louise Harrison has revealed she was never told about his cancer, hasn't spoken to her nephew in years and was cut off from the $2,000-a-month pension he left her in his estate. She has also shared previously unseen photographs of her and George.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
George Harrison's memorial tree in Los Angeles

Way up in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Angeles sits the George Harrison Tree, originally planted in 2003 in tribute to the ex-Beatle who prided himself as a gardener, and later a bronze memorial plaque was added. However, the original tree, a pine tree, died in 2014, and was replaced by an oak tree in February 2015.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine

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