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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Deer Tick covers George Harrison's Run of the Mill for new compilation

American alternative rock band Deer Tick is back with a fresh album of bonus tracks and alternate takes from their 2017 Mayonnaise LP, including a jangling cover of George Harrison's "Run of the Mill." Their version is thoughtful and straightforward, with a wall of layered guitars and a slightly pained vocal from Dennis Ryan.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Monday, October 8, 2018
Traveling Wilburys 30th anniversary picture disc to be released

A 30th-anniversary 12-inch picture-disc reissue of The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 will be released on November 2. The group consisted of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. The A-side of the disc will feature the band's logo, and the B-side displays an Alberto Tolot photo of the Wilburys.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, September 24, 2018
George Harrison Hindu temple barn destroyed by fire

A temple which was donated by George Harrison has been saved from fire after flames ripped through another building at the spiritual retreat. The fire at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham, near Watford, happened on Friday. Its boss said the Hare Krishna temple had reopened but the hay barn had been completely destroyed.

Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
George Harrison's Beatles guitar sells for $452,000

A guitar used by George Harrison at the Beatles' last appearance at Liverpool's Cavern Club has been sold at auction for almost 350,000 (about $452,000). The Australian-made guitar was used by Harrison after he had originally borrowed it from a guitar shop in Manchester while his own Gretsch guitar was being repaired.

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
George Harrison tribute at Blakefest 2018

The ten-piece All Things Must Pass Orchestra brings their tribute to the late George Harrison to the 2018 Blakefest in Bognor Regis in West Sussex, England, this weekend. Harrison singer and guitarist Alex Eberhard says, "If you talk to a lot of musicians, they will tell you that George was the most advanced of all The Beatles."

Source: Chichester Observer, UK
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
My Sweet Lord is Apple Records' most played track this century

George Harrison's number one single My Sweet Lord has topped a chart of the most played songs this century that were released on Apple Records. Harrison's only solo number one single has received more public airplay since 2000 than Imagine and Hey Jude, which was the first single released on the label in the UK 50 years ago.

Source: The Irish Examiner
Friday, August 24, 2018
Steve Perry gets blessing of Harrison's widow to reimagine I Need You

Former Journey singer Steve Perry has recorded a reimagined version of The Beatles' I Need You, written by George Harrison, for his upcoming solo album, "Traces". In a new interview, Perry tells about how he got to play his version for Harrison's widow Olivia, who told him, "George would have loved this version."

Source: Blabbermouth
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
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.

Related Articles  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

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