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Latest news as of Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Beatles relase hypnotic While My Guitar Gently Weeps video

George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps comes to life in a new video created by Apple and Cirque du Soleil. The hypnotic clip is based on a 10th anniversary re-staging of the Harrison song for LOVE, Cirque's theatrical production at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and includes highlights elements from the LOVE performance.

Source: Rolling Stone
Elvis' first guitarist Scotty Moore has died

Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore has died at age 84. He, along with bassist Bill Black at the beginning and later drummer D.J. Fontana, were the musicians backing Elvis Presley on many of his most iconic songs. Moore also had his own recording studio for several years. One of the albums done there was Ringo Starr's "Beaucoups of Blues."

Source: The Examiner
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Friday, June 10, 2016
All Things Must Pass Orchestra returns to Henley

The All Things Must Pass Orchestra is returning to Henley, England. This amazing 10-piece group of Brighton musicians is the only touring band in the UK dedicated to playing the music of former Beatle George Harrison live. Their performance will include Beatles' classics and songs from Harrison's solo career.

Source: Bucks Free Press, UK
George Harrison Twitter hacker attempts explanation

J5Z, an internet troll, has claimed the hacks on George Harrison, who he didn't know was deceased, among other music personalities. Now, in a bizarre turn of events, the alleged hacker is saying that the attacks are meant to raise awareness for internet security. "I never wanted to do this to ruin people's careers," the hacker says.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! Music
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
George Harrison Twitter account hacked, hacker didn't know he's dead

The Twitter account for George Harrison, run by the late Beatle's estate, was hacked yesterday, the latest in a series of similar hacks suffered by music stars. Harrison's Twitter was hacked to change his bio information, the hacker's twitter account, now suspended, then claimed to not know of Harrison's death

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
George Harrison featured on lost 1972 Gary Wright album

Cherry Red Records announced yesterday it has unearthed a previously unreleased album from 1972 by Gary Wright called '"Ring of Changes" that features at least one and possibly more guest appearances by George Harrison. The album will be released for the first time on July 29 in the UK and about a week later in the U.S.

Source: George Harrison Examiner
Thursday, June 2, 2016
New bio film includes George Harrison and Ravi Shankar

The feature documentary Awake, The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. The film features appearances by George Harrison and the late Ravi Shankar, celebrated Indian musician. Its release marks International Yoga Day on June 21.

Source: Tehelka, India
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Tommy Chong says he smoked dope with John Lennon and George Harrison

During a 2015 interview, Tommy Chong, who turns 78 today, opened up about some of the stars he's gotten high with. Chong says that he ran into John Lennon at a house party after sneaking off into a bedroom to smoke a joint. And, George Harrison not only smoked with Chong but also collaborated with him and Cheech on a song.

Source: Civilized
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Eric Clapton says George Harrison does not appear on his new album

Shortly after Eric Clapton announced the release of his upcoming album, I Still Do, it was believed, based on a pseudonymous credit, that one song featured a performance by the late George Harrison. However, Clapton, in a new interview, says that it's not Harrison, and won't reveal who it is. The album will be released this Friday.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, May 9, 2016

Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd exhibition launches at The Beatles Story

A photographic exhibition from Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton launched today at The Beatles Story, Liverpool. The exhibition, which features 57 original images will be open to the public until Autumn 2016. Pattie Boyd unfortunately injured her hip and elbow in an accident while walking her dog and was unable to attend the opening.

Source: Click Liverpool
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Pattie Boyd pulls out of event due to broken elbow

George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd has pulled out of her own photo exhibition launch after breaking her elbow. Boyd, who was also married to Eric Clapton, was due to launch her candid show, Pattie Boyd: George, Eric and Me, on May 5, but has to scrap an appearance on the opening night at The Beatles Story in Liverpool as she recovers from a fall.

Source: Contact Music
Friday, April 22, 2016
Video: Prince's legendary solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Prince's appearance alongside Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and Dhani Harrison,  to celebrate the induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  in 2004,  achieves the kind of alchemy producers dream of when assembling a one-off supergroup. It is electric. He enjoys it and he knows it is transcendent.

Related Articles  Source: MTV
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Traveling Wilburys catalog to be available on streaming services

The music of legendary band The Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup composed of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, will be available for streaming on a number of platforms starting June 3. Also to be reissued will be the 2007 Traveling Wilburys Collection box-set in several limited-edition formats.

Source: JamBase

Frank Sinatra
New Sinatra collection to include George Harrison's Something

The Frank Sinatra Collection, a series of four DVD sets encompassing eight of the singers specials from between 1965 and 1982, is set for a May 27 release. The collection pulls together some of Sinatra's finest performances on television and in concert, including George Harrison's Something with Count Basie from an NBC TV special from 1981.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Monday, April 11, 2016
Beatles superfan reunited with vintage Vox amplifier

Beatles fanatic and collector Stan Cargill has got his hands back on a historic amplifier almost certainly used by the band. The 55-year-old Vox AC30 amp, donated to The Beatles Story more than five years ago, was found by one of Stan's relatives in 2009 in a shed a few streets away from George Harrison's old home in Woolton.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector shares stories behind the songs

In a new interview, Ronnie Spector shares incredible tales of her days with the Ronettes, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles. "I was friends with the Beatles, real friends. we'd sit on the floor at home and have finger sandwiches and play 45s," Ronnie said. She also tells how she met and recorded "Try Some, Buy Some" with George Harrison at Apple Records.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Pictures: Pattie Boyd shares intimate look at her time with George Harrison

She was a woman at the hub of ground breaking music in the Sixties and Seventies. Now the former wife of Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton is sharing her unique collection of photographs for the first time in the UK. Pattie Boyd will be exhibiting portraits taken during her life with George and her second husband Eric.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Rock photographers on tour

Henry Diltz photographed some of the biggest acts in American music history in the 1960s and 1970s. Through the Morrison Hotel Gallery, Diltz is now on tour with Pattie Boyd, the former model and photographer who had an intimate view of the English rock scene as the former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

Source: WABE FM, Atlanta
The top 6 most inspiring George Harrison quotes

Probably the most spiritual of the Beatles, it was George Harrison who heavily influenced them into following their spiritual quest in the mid 60's. With an interest in Eastern music and Eastern religion, Harrison went on to write some deeply profound music and serve the rest of the world with some beautiful and inspiring quotes.

Source: PPcorn
Friday, March 25, 2016
Unused George Harrison album cover photos up for auction

The final Beatles items left from Omega Auctions' "Beatles Collection" auction will be sold Sunday, including the original artwork for George Harrison's Extra Texture album, with unused photos, and an original 1959 Hofner Club 40 guitar said to be identical to the one bought by John Lennon in 1959 and later used by Paul McCartney.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, March 18, 2016

Dhani Harrison
James McCartney's new single features Dhani Harrison

Now all they need is Zac Starkey on drums, with Julian and Sean Lennon on vocals, and it's Beatles 2.0. James McCartney, Paul's son, has just released a new single featuring Dhani Harrison on guitar and vocals. "Too Hard" comes from James's upcoming album, "The Blackberry Train," due May 6th. James has the genes, and he also has a nice independent sound.

Source: Showbiz 411
Friday, March 11, 2016
Video: George Harrison's Let It Be guitar dismantled and replicated

Guitar company Fender has painstakingly replicated the Telecaster George Harrison played both in the sessions for Let It Be and in the Beatles' farewell concert atop the roof of Apple Records headquarters. It has made 100 limited-edition copies of the guitar, reproduced down to minute details, which are available now.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Mayor of Henley wants memorial garden for George Harrison

George Harrison moved to Friar Park in Henley-on-Themes in Oxfordshire, England, in the Seventies. The idea of a statue in the town following his death did not appeal to his widow, Olivia. Now, the Mayor of Henley has proposed a memorial garden for George on a green triangle of land which a developer has offered to the town.

Source: Henley Standard, UK

Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton talks about playing on All Things Must Pass

In a new interview, Peter Frampton, asked about his uncredited appearance on George Harrison's classic album All Things Must Pass, said, "Phil Spector was the co-producer with George and his philosophy was more of everything. It was quite amazing being on those sessions and hearing the acoustic sound that we got, which was incredible."

Source: Rock Celler Magazine
Monday, February 29, 2016
Dhani Harrison on sharing his dad with the world

Some of The Beatles' most memorable tracks were actually penned by George Harrison, who died in 2001, Since then, his son, Dhani, has kept his father's spirit alive in many ways. He spoke about how his relationship with his father grew into a relationship with music, and why it's sometimes hard when your loved one belongs to everyone.

Source: NPR
Friday, February 26, 2016
73 cupcakes honor George Harrison's birthday in Hollywood

Many Los Angeles fans remembered George Harrison's 73rd birthday yesterday at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 6:00pm, in front of the Capitol Records Tower. 73 birthday cupcakes in the shape of a heart adorned his star, highlighting the theme, "Love One Another," in honor of George's last words.

Source: Music Examiner
London museum to display George Harrison's Sgt Pepper suit

The original suit worn by George Harrison on the cover of The Beatles' 1967 Sgt Pepper album is to go on public display for the first time at an exhibit at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, along with the musician's sitar, letters and a diary about the recording of Sgt Pepper's, on loan from Olivia Harrison.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Fans pay tribute to George Harrison in Liverpool

Happy birthday, George! George Harrison, born on February 25, 1943, would have been 73 today. Flowers were laid at a Beatles statue to commemorate what would have been the Quiet Beatle's birthday. Fans of the iconic guitarist decorated the figure in Cavern Walks, off Mathew Street, and held a vigil in his honor.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Fest tribute now out on CD, video and cable

Arriving not coincidentally in conjunction with what would have been his 73rd birthday today, a new three-disc set documenting "George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison," is being released Friday. Also, the concert video filmed in 2014 premieres in the US Saturday on MTV Live and VH1 Classic.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Review: George Fest recalls lovely tribute full of Harrison's spirit

"George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison," which hits the streets on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl and digital download on Feb. 26, is probably the type of tribute he would have loved. It doesn't push to be a spectacle, just a night of good music. It is a nice companion to the "Concert For George."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, February 22, 2016
Update: Maybe George Harrison doesn't appear on next Clapton album

Eric Clapton posted on Facebook on Saturday, "There is no truth to the rumor that George Harrison plays or sings on the forthcoming album I Still Do." However, the post has since been removed. Clapton's official publicist had refused to confirm or deny whether Harrison was on the album when asked on Thursday.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
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
Thursday, February 18, 2016
New Eric Clapton album features George Harrison

Eric Clapton has announced that his 23rd studio album, "I Still Do," will be released May 20. The album contains "I Will Be There," a song of unknown vintage, which features vocals and acoustic guitar by one Angelo Mysterioso (a musical nom de plume used in previous decades by the late George Harrison).

Related Articles  Source: San Diego Tribune
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Phil Collins
How George Harrison pranked Phil Collins

In 2001, with the release of the remastered All Things Must Pass, George Harrison sent Phil Collins a tape of what he claimed was a version of a track on which Phil had played. "I thought, Oh my god, this sounds terrible. In fact, it was a Harrison joke," said Collins. "He'd recorded Ray Cooper and said, Play bad, I'm going to record it and send it to Phil."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Photo of George Harrison on his 21st birthday to go under the hammer

A photograph of the late George Harrison celebrating his 21st birthday in Los Angeles is expected to attract worldwide attention. The 1964 color image of George, dressed in a blue shirt and grey trousers, opening a huge "key to the door" to celebrate the milestone, has a guide price starting at just 30 (about $44).

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, January 29, 2016

Britt Daniel
Video: Britt Daniel covers I Me Mine at George Fest

In September 2014, George Fest honored George Harrison at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. On February 28, the live tribute will be be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, LP, and digital download. To celebrate, George Fest has unveiled a clip of Spoon's Britt Daniel covering the Beatles' Harrison-sung hit I Me Mine, from their 1970 album, Let It Be.

Related Articles  Source: Spin
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Video: Trailer for new animated film includes George Harrison cover

The new trailer for the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings uses a cover of the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps to set the mood for Kubo's adventure. Featuring the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Rooney Mara and McConaughey, the film will be released later this year on August 19th.

Source: Bleeding Cool
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Video: Perry Farrell sings Here Comes the Sun at George Harrison tribute

The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles played host to a special tribute show to the late George Harrison in September, 2014. To be released on Blu-Ray on February 26, now another video has been released from the show, Here Comes the Sun led by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell along with Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne and others.

Related Articles  Source: Relix
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Rock photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz to appear in Atlanta

Rock and roll photographers try to get as close to their subjects as possible, and few got as close as Pattie Boyd. Married to George Harrison from 1966 to 1977, she inspired his song "Something," and also inspired Eric Clapton to write "Layla" about her in 1970. Her photos of these two and others will be part of a live show in April in Atlanta.

Source: Access Atlanta
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Video: All-star performance from George Harrison tribute

George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison, a CD/DVD set documenting an all-star September 28th, 2014 concert honoring the late Beatle, will be released on February 26th. On Thursday, Harrison's official site shared video of that concert's rendition of the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney remembers David Bowie at show in Hollywood

Stella McCartney took over the famous Amoeba record store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood last night to rock out, eat veggie pizza and admire Stella's new autumn collection, as songs by the recently deceased David Bowie filled the store. Dhani Harrison's band Thenewno2 performed, Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp also rocked out together on stage.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Concord's Bicycle Music signs global George Harrison publishing deal

One of the fastest-growing entities in the modern music business, the highly acquisitive Concord Bicycle Music, has scored another coup. They have entered into exclusive worldwide publishing agreements with the Estate of George Harrison. The deal includes the Harrisongs catalogue, as well as the works of Dhani Harrison.

Source: Music Business Worldwide

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