George Harrison

George Harrison


2/24/1943, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK



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L'Angelo Misterioso, George Harrysong, Hari Georgeson, George O'Hara-Smith, Nelson Wilbury, Carl Harrison, Spike Wilbury
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George Harrison is a British musician and songwriter who is best known for playing guitar with The Beatles. He is listed as number eleven in Rolling Stone Magazine's top one hundred greatest guitarists of all time. Harrison was born on February 25th, 1943 and first fell in love…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • George was the first ex-Beatle to tour as a solo artist and the only one to start his own label (Dark Horse Records).

    • Controversy and confusion surrounding George's real birthday was resolved when a family birth record noted him as having been born shortly before midnight on February 24th, 1943. George had believed his birthday was February 25th for his entire life.

    • A posthumous star for George, located in front of the landmark Capitol Records building, was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009. Harrison's widow Oliviaand son Dhani, joined by fellow ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and hundreds of fans and friends, attended the presentation. Olivia paid tribute to her late husband, describing him as "a beautiful, mystical man living in a material world".

    • After the band's breakup it was George who achieved the first number one single ("My Sweet Lord") and number one album ("All Things Must Pass") by any ex-Beatle.

    • George's favorite color was purple.

    • George met teenage model Pattie Boyd (who later became his wife), while filming A Hard Day's Night.

    • The only single by The Beatles that was written by George and hit number 1 was "Something".

    • George was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on 15 March 2004.

    • George and John Lennon were not on speaking terms when John was killed.

    • George survived an attack by an intruder at his mansion in Henley. He was stabbed several times, and suffered a punctured lung.

    • George's childhood was the only one out of The Beatles not marred by divorce or death.

    • George married Oliviaon September 1, 1988 and they were married until he died.

    • A controversy arose in the days following George's death on November 11, 2001, when it turned out that his death certificate, which had listed friend and security man Gavin de Becker's address, was false. It was later confirmed that George had died at Paul McCartney's Los Angeles home, whose address they'd wanted to keep secret.

    • George was good friends with the cast members of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

    • George was Mick Fleetwood's brother-in-law.

    • George was treated for throat cancer in 1997 and was in remission.

    • George's favorite board game was Monopoly.

    • George overcame cocaine addiction in 1980.

    • George married Pattie Boyd on January 21, 1966 and they divorced on June 9, 1977.

    • George worked as an apprentice electrician when he was 16 years old.

    • George attended Dovedale Road Primary School and the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.

    • George was a principal partner and executive producer for Handmade Films from 1979 to 1994.

    • George and Olivia had one son, Dhani, who was born August 1, 1978.

    • George wrote the introduction to a biography about sitar player Ravi Shankar.

    • On January 20, 1988, George was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles.

    • George was stabbed in the chest multiple times by an intruder who broke into his home on December 30, 1999.

    • Lorne Michaels offered The Beatles $1000 to appear on Saturday Night Live. George later performed on the show. The joke was that Michaels was offering $250 per Beatle and George wanted the full $1000. As a tribute, this appearance was re-aired as part of the Weekend Update segment the Saturday after George died.

    • George was the youngest of four children.

    • George said that, when he was 12 or 13, he had an "epiphany" of sorts - riding a bike around his neighborhood, he heard Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" playing from a nearby house and was hooked. From that point on, the former "good student" lost interest in school and began sitting in the back of class, drawing guitars and dreaming. He became rebellious, wearing tight, "drainpipe pants" and growing his hair long - against school regulations. With £3 10s from his mum ("a lot of money for us then"), George bought an acoustic guitar and began learning rock riffs, forming a skiffle group called "The Rebels".

    • Just before he was seven, George's family moved into public (council) housing in Speke. This meant he would attend Dovedale Road Primary School (now Dovedale Road Junior School), where John Lennon was two years ahead of him. He did well-enough on his 11-plus exams to attend the city's best high school for boys - the Liverpool Institute (now the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts) - where he met Paul McCartney, who took the same bus to school.

    • Controversy and confusion surrounding the date of George's real birthday was resolved when a family birth record noted him as having been born shortly before midnight on February 24th, 1943. George had believed his birthday was February 25th for his entire life.

    • George was born and grew up in a little "two up, two down" terraced house in Wavertree, Liverpool, England - the son of Harold, a local bus driver, and his wife, Louise. The youngest Beatle, he was also the youngest in his family, having an older sister, Louise, and two older brothers - Harry and Peter.

  • Quotes

  • Underrated & talented!

    Underrated and very talented for someone that was quiet and

    Laid back as John was smart, Paul was cute, and Ringo(my favorite) was the funny one. But he also was probably the least popular of the group. Miss him but I got his cd with one of my favorite songs "What is life!" Great Beatle to the end!
  • George Harrison, one of the Beatles, was one of the best guitarists the world has seen. Playing with the Beatles until the breakup, then continuing a solo career until his death in 2001.moreless

    One of the best people ever. It's really a shame he was overshadowed by Paul and John because George was simply amazing. He could write songs of such beauty (Here Comes the Sun, Something, Taxman) that even Lennon admitted were as good as Paul and his. He is uncredited in his guitar play, simply astounding. He has that voice that coud calm anybody down. He tried to keep the Beatles together, and kept in touch with them after the Breakup, playing with Starr and Lennon, keeping a friendship with McCartney. Having a very successful solo career, including such greats as Dark Horse and All things Must Pass. He organized the first ever charitable concert in his Concert for Banladesh in 1971.

    He disserves a 10.moreless