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    George Harrison was a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist in the Beatles

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    With The Beatles

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    George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England.  He later became a member of the Beatles when they were still known as The Quarrymen after childhood friend Paul McCartney invited him to join the group.   
      
    Harrison, like many young guitarists during this time was influenced by American guitarists such as Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, as well as people like Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.  Harrison as well as the rest of the Beatles tried to emulate their musical heroes with their own music, which can be heard on their early works.
      
    George was known as the shy one during his time as the Beatles and wrote a number of classic songs such as Taxman, Here Comes the Sun, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.  His songs were limited to the Beatles albums during the early years as John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the source of some of the history's greatest songs. 
     

    Beyond the Beatles 

    All Things Must Pass

     
    After the Beatles broke up in 1970, following the release of their final album Let It Be, George Harrison began a successful solo career and his album All Things Must Pass has become a classic album.  Famous songs from this album include Wah-Wah, My Sweet Lord, All Things Must Pass, and Isn't It A Pity.
     

    The Concert for Bangladesh


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    Harrison later went on to mastermind the historic Concert For Bangladesh, which was a charity concert that took place at Madison Square Garden.  Many famous musicians appeared as guests including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, and Ravi Shankar. 
     

    The Traveling Wilburys


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    During the late 1980's George Harrison, along with his friends Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynn formed The Traveling Wilburys.  The Traveling Wilburys formed after Harrison needed to write a single for the B-side for his song This Is Love.  After writing working on the song, Handle With Care, the group decided that it was just too good to be a B-side and began to write more songs as a band.
     

    Harrison's Legacy 
     

    After The Traveling Wilburys disbanded after the death of Roy Orbison, Harrison continued with his own solo recordings.  He released a string of hit albums and continued to work until his death.  George Harrison died November 29, 2001 of throat cancer at the age of 58.  
     
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    George Harrison left behind a vast catalog of music that still remains popular to this day.  His work with the Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, and his solo works all are considered historic and his creativity as a musician will be remembered for years to come.
     
    The year after Harrison's death, long time friend Eric Clapton hosted the Concert For George which was a gathering of all of Harrison's closest friends who payed tribute to their deceased friend.  Musicians such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn, and Billy Preston all performed George's hit songs as a remembrance of a great man. Ravi Shankar along with his daughter Anoushka Shankar also performed some of George's favorite Indian music at the event.


    Discography

    The Beatles

     
    Album
    Year
     Please Please Me
     1963
     With The Beatles
     1963
     A Hard Day's Night
     1964
     Beatles For Sale
     1964
     Help! 1965
     Rubber Soul
     1965
     Revolver
     1966
     Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
     1967
     The Beatles (White Album)
     1968
     Yellow Submarine
     1969
     Abbey Road
     1969
     Let It Be
     1970

    Solo Albums

      AlbumYear
     Electronic Sound
     1969
     All Things Must Pass
     1970
     Living In The Material World
     1973
     Dark Horse
     1974
     Extra Texture (Read All About It)
     1975
     Thirty Three & 1/3
     1976
     George Harrison
     1979
     Somewhere In England
     1981
     Gone Troppo
     1982
     Cloud Nine
     1987
     Brainwashed
     2002

     

    The Traveling Wilburys
     

    Album
    Year
     The Traveling WIlburys Volume 1
     1988
     The Traveling Wilburys Volume 3
     1990


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