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Monday, April 23, 2018
Tommy Chong teases unreleased George Harrison outtakes

Among the many notable music names who contributed to Cheech & Chong's comic 1973 hit "Basketball Jones" was the late George Harrison, who played lead guitar on the session. Tommy Chong told Billboard, "We've got a ton of outtakes, where he's trying different things." He did not give specific plans for releasing the Harrison material.

Source: Billboard
The everlasting appeal of the Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison was one of the main coordinators of the Concert for Bangladesh, held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971, to raise international awareness and funds for Bangladesh's liberation war. Part of the record's beauty is that Harrison staged a concert worthy of his purpose in every respect.

Source: The Daily Star
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Pattie Boyd says she neglected herself in her rock star marriages

Pattie Boyd was both muse and wife to Clapton, and to George Harrison before him. She kept a record of the wild years, portraits and reportage style snaps taken with a Polaroid and, later, on a Hasselblad. Boyd had the inside track, hanging out with The Beatles and friends, at home with George, on tour with Eric.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Top selling albums of 1972 includes George Harrison

Recordings made by some of the biggest classic rock artists dominated the list of 1972's top-selling albums in the U.S., compiled by the former music industry trade magazine, Record World. Released just four months after the August 1971 concerts, George Harrison's The Concert for Bangladesh live triple album reached #1 on the list.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
April 10, 1956: Fender Stratocaster was patented

The Fender Stratocaster guitar has been lit on fire and obliterated to splinters by Jimi Hendrix, bestowed upon George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Pete Townshend and by God...also known as Eric Clapton. 62 years ago, Leo Fender got a patent for the legendary axe, one of the most recognizable icons of rock, on this day in 1956.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Monday, April 2, 2018
Looking Back: Top selling albums of 1971

Recordings made by some of the biggest classic rock artists of the era dominated the list of 1971's top-selling albums in the U.S. The chart, compiled Record World, features several all-time classics, including George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram, and two by John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band and Imagine.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 30, 2018
Video: Never Shout Never's stunning cover of the Beatles' Something

The mastermind of Never Shout Never, Christofer Drew's next project, All For Love, is a covers album of love songs recorded with keyboardist Tof Hoglen at the House of Blues in Nashville. Last week, Drew released a version of Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender, today, his beautiful take on the Beatles' Something appeared on the internet.

Source: Alt Press
One of Bob Dylan's famed going electric guitars is headed to auction

The Fender Telecaster from Bob Dylan's 1966 infamous "Electric" tour, where he played live with a backing band for the first time, is going up for auction on May 19. The guitar, which was owned by The Band's Robbie Robertson and later played by both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

Source: Guitar World
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
March 27, 1979: Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd

Your best friend has just told you he plans to marry your ex-wife. You a) Punch him in the mouth and tell him you never want to see him again, or b) Give him your blessing and attend the wedding? When Eric Clapton did it to George Harrison, friends since the '60s, George said, "I'd rather she was with him than some dope."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, March 26, 2018
Top Selling Albums of 1973 include Beatles and two solo LPs

Records made by some of the biggest artists of the era dominated 1973's top-selling albums in the U.S on the chart compiled by former music industry trade magazine, Record World. George Harrison's Living in the Material World was #19, Paul McCartney and Wings' Red Rose Speedway was #16, and The Beatles: 1967-70 came in at #12.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Pattie Boyd to speak in Sydney and Melbourne

Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and then Eric Clapton, will appear in speaking engagements in Sydney and Melbourne in May. She will hold an exhibition of her photographic works at the Blender Gallery in Sydney, from May 5 to June 2, and will attend a special launch at the gallery on May 11.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
The quiet Beatle once made some noise in Illinois

Super-Beatle fan Robert Bartel's 1999 documentary "A Beatle in Benton, Illinois," which details a single fortnight visit to the southern Illinois town in 1963 by 20-year-old George Harrison in order to see his married sister, has bizarrely managed to win a best documentary Oscar 19 years after the film's initial release.

Source: Illinois Times
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
George Harrison's family still feuding over Beatle's bucks Warning: Page opens with sound

George Harrison left a staggering $384 million fortune his widow and son, who live in a 120-room Victorian mansion, while George's 86-year-old sister struggles to survive. A $2,560 monthly allowance Louise Harrison was supposed to get for as long as she lived was cut off by his widow, Olivia, after George died at 58 in November, 2001.

Source: National Enquirer
John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar on this day in 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's entire hectic love affair was described in detail on The Beatles' The Ballad of John and Yoko. The single was released May, 1969, with lyrics that deal directly with the circus surrounding their romance and nuptials. It all happened on this day, March 20th, 1969, at the Gibraltar registry office.

Source: Live for Music
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Meet Jenny Boyd, ambassador for The Beatles Story in Liverpool

In a new interview in TTG Magazine in the UK, Jenny Boyd, sister of George Harrison's first wife, Pattie, and an ambassador for The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, talks about how she first met the Beatles, the story of the Beatles' trip to India in 1968, meditation, and how India influenced The Beatles and their music.

Source: TTG Media
Monday, March 12, 2018
Olivia gives OK for George Harrison memorial garden in Henley

Henley mayor Kellie Hinton has written to Olivia Harrison to see if she would back a plan to create a memorial garden to George Harrison in Henley, and George's charity confirmed she is in favor of the idea. The town council will now work with Mrs. Harrison and the Material World Foundation to find a suitable location.

Source: Henley Standard, UK
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Interview: Randy Bachman talks about the Beatles

Randy Bachman has won the music band lottery twice, first with the Guess Who, and then a few years later with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. His new solo album, By George - By Bachman features new interpretations of Harrison classics. In this interview, he talks about his love for the music of the Beatles, and George Harrison in particular.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Moog is reissuing a legendary 1960s synthesizer design

Synthesizer manufacturer Moog is making just 40 new units of one of its most legendary designs, the Moog Synthesizer IIIp, originally released in 1969 to the joy of musicians like George Harrison, who bought an IIIp model to use while the Beatles were recording Abbey Road, where it was on songs including Here Comes The Sun.

Source: Co.Design
Friday, March 2, 2018
Under the microscope: George Harrison's Vox AC30

A Vox AC30 amplifier from the company's highly sought after early period is quite a valuable item in its own right. But this particular amp has an additional pedigree in that it once belonged to none other than George Harrison. Last owned by Chas McDevett, an opening act for The Beatles, at the end of a gig the amp was passed onto him.

Source: Music Radar
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Audio: Randy Bachman is rebuilding the music of George Harrison

Randy Bachman has been twice-inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for his work with The Guess Who and The Bachman-Turner Overdrive, but now he's turning his attention to another legend of rock and roll. On his new album By George By Bachman, Bachman completely reimagines the songs of George Harrison.

Source: CBC Radio, Canada
Monday, February 26, 2018
Paul McCartney remembers George Harrison on 75th birthday

Paul McCartney and George Harrison's widow and son have publicly remembered the late Beatle on what would have been his 75th birthday. "Happy Birthday Georgie. Wonderful memories," McCartney tweeted on Sunday along with a black and white photograph of the two of them taken during the Beatlemania days.

Source: USA Today
Friday, February 23, 2018
Best songs by George Harrison, who would have been 75 this weekend

George Harrison was seen many ways over his life, he was the youngest of the Beatles and the primary lead guitarist. He also was also called the quiet Beatle, then as a curiosity when he started inserting Eastern Hemisphere music elements, such as the sitar, into his songs. Beyond his Beatles years, Harrison had a wide ranging solo career.

Source: Sioux City Journal
George Harrison feted on what would have been his 75th birthday

George Harrison would have turned 75 on Sunday and fellow guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt, from the E Street Band, along with BTO founder Randy Bachman and Ringo Starr's musical director Mark Rivera, are meeting at The Cutting Room at 8 a.m. on Sunday for a visit with Ken Dashow, host of "Breakfast With The Beatles" on Q104.3.

Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Mercedes formerly owned by George Harrison heads to auction

A cherished Mercedes-AMG luxury limo is set to make as much as 40,000 (about $55,750) when it heads to auction next month. Presented in very good condition with stacks of history, the rare 'bahnstormer also benefits from a very special former owner, ex-Beatle George Harrison, who purchased the car new in May 1984.

Source: AOL Cars, UK
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Celebrate George Harrison's 75th birthday at Beatles Story museum

To celebrate what would've been George Harrison's 75th birthday, The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool is hosting a free event dedicated to telling the story of George's introduction to Indian music and spirituality this Sunday. Dr. Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool will give a talk exploring the Indian influence on the Beatles.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

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