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Friday, August 3, 2018
George Harrison's guitar from final gig at the Cavern goes up for auction

A guitar from the Beatles last gig at the Cavern Club in 1963 is to be sold at auction. The guitar, an Australian-made Maton Mastersound MS-500 played by George Harrison in the summer of 1963 while his regular guitar underwent repairs, is expected to fetch between 300,000 (about $393,180) to 400,000 ($524,240) next month.

Source: NME, UK
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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Ultimate Classic Rock to livestream Randy Bachman concert

Randy Bachman will play a special concert at the world-famous Troubadour in West Hollywood on Saturday, and Ultimate Classic Rock will livestream five songs from the show. Bachman's greatest hits will be interspersed with selections from his most recent album, By George by Bachman, a collection of songs written by George Harrison.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Phil Collins box set includes Paul McCartney and George Harrison

Phil Collins announced today the release of a box set of his collaborative highlights, covering more than four decades of work with other recording artists. The set, Plays Well With Others, features performances with classic rock stars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and many more. It will be released on Sept. 28.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Top Radio Hits in July 1973 include two former Beatles

As summer heated up in 1973, two former Beatles were among the artists dominating Top 40 radio. Just outside the Top 10 but flying up the charts, from #26 to #15, was Wings' Live and Let Die, as Paul McCartney's My Love was on its way down the chart at #8. George Harrison's second solo #1, Give Me Love, was #6 this week.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Pattie Boyd on the struggles of being married to George Harrison

In a new interview, Pattie Boyd has spoken about being married to George Harrison at the height of Beatlemania. She tells of seeing the Beatles in London, and George telling her she should leave before the end of the show. She said, "There were these girls behind me. They followed us out, and they were kicking me and pulling my hair."

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
John Lennon hand-drawn birthday card to Pattie Boyd to sell for 12k

A rare quirky hand-drawn birthday card John Lennon made for George Harrison's wife is tipped to sell for 12,000 (about $15,800). Lennon drew the card, which shows five naked figures of himself sitting cross-legged, for Pattie Boyd's 24th birthday in 1968. At the time they were at a spiritual retreat in India together.

Source: The Express, UK
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Ringo Starr lands in Israel with message of peace and love

Ringo Starr landed in Israel Thursday afternoon ahead of two planned concerts in Tel Aviv. Starr arrived in the country and sent his fans a message of "Peace and Love," inviting them to attend the Saturday and Sunday shows. Starr will become the second former Beatle to perform in Israel, after Paul McCartney's shows there in 2008.

Source: The Jerusalem Post
Friday, June 15, 2018
Beatles solo albums ranked worst to best

In 1970, all four Beatles put out their own records, and Let It Be was finally released, to boot. In 1973, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both issued their most-heralded solo projects, in fact, McCartney released two. But as you'll see in this list of Beatles Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best, however, it wasn't always so great.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 7, 2018
George Harrison feared his own death for years before tragic cancer battle

George Harrison died in 2001, just weeks after contracting lung cancer. But according to a new docuseries, Autopsy: George Harrison, he spent years worrying after a madman attacked him inside his mansion. Olivia Harrison said it only made him more paranoid as he previously lost longtime friend John Lennon to homicide.

Source: National Enquirer
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Concert celebrates the genius of George Harrison

A busy summer lines up for the ten-piece All Things Must Pass Orchestra, a tribute to the genius of George Harrison. They anticipated playing three gigs around England. Instead they are playing seven, in June, July and September. Guitarist Alex Eberhard said, "We have been going for five years now, and we have got a growing following."

Source: West Sussex County Times, UK
Monday, May 21, 2018
George Harrison guitar sells for $430,000 at auction

On May 19, Julien's held their Music Icons auction, including over four hundred lots from the early days of rock. An electric guitar owned by George Harrison sold for $430,000. It was George Harrison's first electric guitar, a Hofner Club 40. Also, the guitar that Bob Dylan played on his first electric tour sold for an incredible $490,000.

Source: Noise 11
Friday, May 18, 2018
Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison recreate pic their dads took 49 years ago

A photo, posted online this week, shows the Beatles' sons Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison on a boat on the Thames, 49 years after their fathers took a similar snap. John Lennon captioned the original photo, "The Thames they are a Changin!" a nod to the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are a-Changin".

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, May 11, 2018
Preview: Double Fantasy - John and Yoko at Museum of Liverpool

A new ground-breaking free exhibition Double Fantasy - John and Yoko is their story in their own words. The exhibition, opening on May 18, explores the chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign. From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
New Like Father Like Son release contains Wilburys cover

Frank Gallo, of Brooklyn's award-winning titans of kindie music, Rolie Polie Guacamole, and his dad, veteran children's musician Lou Gallo, have teamed up to form Like Father Like Son. Their new album, Sun is a Star, includes a splendid cover of "Handle with Care," written by George Harrison for the legendary Traveling Wilburys.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles dominate UK musicians rich list

Members of The Beatles dominate a newly-published list of the UK richest musicians by the UK's Sunday Times. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell lead the musicians list at 820 million, with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, the widow and son of George Harrison, at No. 7 with 230 million, while Ringo Starr sits at No. 8 with 220 million.

Source: antiMusic
Thursday, May 3, 2018
George Harrison's first electric guitar up for auction

George Harrison's first electric guitar is up for auction. Julien's Auctions says Harrison played the Hoffner Club 40 when The Beatles played around Liverpool, England, as The Quarrymen. Harrison donated it to a band competition in 1965 and it was won by a member of a German band who died in 2017. His widow is putting it up for auction.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Guitar legend Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection

The maker of the Gibson guitar is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt. Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends, including Chuck Berry, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman and Eric Clapton, who played the solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps on a Gibson guitar he borrowed from George Harrison.

Source: CBC Radio, Canada
Friday, April 27, 2018
George Harrison's estate announces new HariSongs label

The estate of George Harrison has launched a new record label, HariSongs, that will focus on Indian classical and world music. The label will release from the Harrison family archives, including the Harrison's collaborations with some of the most famous Indian musicians. The label's first two releases are available for download and streaming today.

Source: Rolling Stone
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
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

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