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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
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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.

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
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."

Source: Best Classic Bands
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

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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

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