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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
10 things you didn't know George Harrison did

"I play a little guitar, write a few tunes, make a few movies, but none of that's really me," George Harrison once said. Harrison was many things, including a master of understatement. But he was right to point out that his true character remains elusive. These are some lesser-known tales from his life outside Beatles.

Source: Rolling Stone
The quiet Beatle's most inspiring quotes

When George Harrison died 15 years ago today, we didn't just lose "the quiet Beatle", but one of the most curious, spiritual, eclectic superstars in the world of music. Today The Huffington Post salutes the unique George with his own words, 10 quotes that demonstrate his wit, wonder and timeless appeal.

Source: Huffington Post
George Harrison is still classic rock's best-kept secret

It's been 15 years since cancer took the life of George Harrison, the former lead guitarist of the Beatles who would go on to become a successful solo star, and a symbol of spirituality and higher awareness amongst mainstream rockers of his generation. He never got to showcase his all-around skill set within the context of the Beatles.

Source: The Daily Beast
Monday, November 28, 2016
George Harrison 15th annual remembrance tomorrow in Hollywood

The 15th Anniversary George Harrison Public Memorial Remembrance will be held tomorrow at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Fans of Harrison and the Beatles are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around his star. Fans are also invited to share songs, poems and personal remembrances at the event "open mic".

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Dhani Harrison to divorce wife of four years

Entertainment news website TMZ claims Dhani Harrison, 38 year-old son of the late Beatles legend George Harrison, has reportedly issued divorce proceedings against his wife of four years. Harrison cited irreconcilable differences as a motive for his separation from model turned psychologist Solveig 'Sola' Karadottir.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, November 21, 2016
40 Years Ago: George Harrison tries to collect from Lorne Michaels on SNL

Seven months after Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on his show, George Harrison tried to take him up on it. The Nov. 20, 1976 episode featured Harrison as the musical guest. In the cold open, Harrison confronted Michaels about the money, only to be denied.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar talks about her Uncle George

As a child, Sitar player Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, frequently had George Harrison sitting in the next room, trying to figure out the grammar of the sitar, from her father. She says "I can't explain how much Uncle George meant to me. He was one of my closest parental figures. I have fond memories of working with him."

Source: Mid-Day, Mumbai
Friday, November 4, 2016
The Beatles used to open shows for me

Joe Brown had The Beatles as his support act when they were still unknown, and he was also the man who played guitar behind his head, something Jimi Hendrix soon copied. He became good friends with George Harrison, who was best man at his wedding. At 75, Brown is still touring around the UK.

Source: The Sunday Post, UK
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
November 2, 1974: George Harrison first solo tour begins

On November 2, 1974, George Harrison performed at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver BC. It was called the "Dark Horse" tour after his current single and album of the same name that came out midway through the trek on December 2. But Harrison suffered bouts of laryngitis that prompted some to refer to the tour as "Dark Hoarse."

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
48 Years Ago Today: George Harrsion releases first beatles solo LP

48 years ago today, 11/1/68, George Harrison released his first solo album, Wonderwall Music on the Apple label. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, with Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. Wonderwall Music marks the first solo album by a member of The Beatles and although it doesn't have any standout hit songs.

Source: Glide Magazine
Thursday, October 27, 2016
George Harrison shows off Beatles-era guitars in 1974 video

In late 1974, George Harrison released the holiday single, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong," one of the catchier tunes from the Dark Horse album. Luckily for Beatles and guitar fans, Harrison filmed a music video of the tune with guitar cameos including a few of his iconic, Fab Four-era axes a full 10 years after the height of Beatlemania.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Warning: Page opens with sound

Bob Dylan, one of the world's most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Former Travelling Willbury with George Harrison, Dylan appeared last weekend at Desert Trip on the same bill with Paul McCartney.

Source: New York Times
Harrifest celebrates the Beatles in Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Harrifest isn't just a celebration of George Harrison's music. Over the years since it started in 2004, it's evolved into a two-day celebration highlighted with an array of live bands, seminars, yoga, Beatles-related artwork and Beatles experts. This year's Harrifest will be held Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 in Fairhaven.

Source: The Herald News, MA
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tom Petty
Tom Petty to be honored as 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

It was announced today that Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, to be presented in February. Three-time Grammy winner and former Travelling Wilbury, Petty is being honored for his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the work with the homeless in Los Angeles.

Source: Broadway World
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tribute band pays homage to The Traveling Wilburys

Tribute band The Unravelling Wilburys puts their own spin on British American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. The band was formed from members of Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band which toured with its highly successful Beatles project for 21 years. They are performing in Dorchester, England, next month.

Source: Dorset Echo, UK
Thursday, September 15, 2016
George Harrison to receive first George Harrison Global Citizen Award

Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello and Colbert Show bandleader Jon Batiste will curate this year's Global Citizen: The World On Stage event, where Paul Simon will present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatle posthumously, for his deep commitment to promoting world peace and ending poverty.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Documentary about George Harrison's time in Benton coming to DVD

Filmmaker and Beatles aficionado Bob Bartel released "George Harrison: A Beatle in Benton, Illinois" in 2005. The film documents Harrison's visit to see his sister, Louise, in Benton in 1963. Bartel is rereleasing the DVD, now with more interviews and rare footage. The film has recently gone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
George Harrison encouraged the search for bliss

Despite his stardom with the Beatles, or maybe because of it, George Harrison had an ongoing search for meaning, the meaning of life and of death, and he yearned for a long time for an encounter with someone with the answers. He acknowledged, however, that getting to the truth was no easy task.

Source: Looking To The Stars
Thursday, August 25, 2016
How LSD opened the door to the Beatles' Revolver

It was spring 1965. John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, and George Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd, were attending a dinner at the London home of dentist John Riley. Before they left, Riley asked them to stay for coffee, then urged them to finish their cups. Shortly after, he told Lennon he had placed sugar cubes containing LSD in the coffee.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, February 19, 2016
George Harrison 73rd birthday celebration this Thursday in Hollywood

"Love One Another" will be the theme of a special George Harrison 73rd Birthday Public Celebration this Thursday at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood. Highlighting the event will be the placement of 73 birthday cupcakes to form the shape of a large heart encircling George's star.

Source: Beatles News Blog
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

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