George Harrison

Born 24 February 1943. Died 29 November 2001.

The Beatles

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Gary Moore on George Harrison

Michael Palin presents a tribute to George Harrison in which ace guitarist Gary Moore pays tribute to the style and skill of the great man.

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George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001), was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band's primary songwriters, most of their albums included at least one Harrison composition, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", which became the Beatles' second-most-covered song.

Harrison's earliest musical influences included Big Bill Broonzy, George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry and Ry Cooder were significant later influences. By 1965 he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in the Byrds and Bob Dylan, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". He developed an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing them to the other members of the Beatles and their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, from which two hit singles originated. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar, a precursor for later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. Harrison was a music and film producer as well as a musician; he founded Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founded HandMade Films in 1978.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Let It Roll: Songs of George Harrison

    Let It Roll: Songs of George Harrison 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A celebration of one of the finest and most underrated soulful voices of his generation.
  2. Review of Concert For Bangladesh (DVD)

    Concert For Bangladesh (DVD) 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It's a masterclass in how to do this stuff...
  3. Review of Brainwashed


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    If you find yourself unmoved by its warmth, sincerity and above all, wisdom not to...
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