80 Facts About George Harrison

1. George Harrison became part of the Beatles when they were still a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, with McCartney and John Lennon as members.

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2. George Harrison cited Slim Whitman as another early influence: "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman, either a photo of him in a magazine or live on television.

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3. George Harrison was born and lived the first six years of his life at 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool; a terraced house in a dead end street.

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4. George Harrison was the youngest of four children of Harold Hargreaves Harrison and his wife Louise.

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5. George Harrison embraced Indian mysticism and helped broaden the horizons of his fellow Beatles as well as their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music.

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6. George Harrison wrote "Don't Bother Me", his first first solo composition, while sick in bed at the Palace Court Hotel in Bournemouth, England, in the summer of 1963.

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7. George Harrison bought the estate in 1970—and quickly penned "The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp", which appeared on his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, in 1970.

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8. George Harrison nicknamed his 120-room Friar Park mansion "Crackerbox Palace" after a friend's description of Lord Buckley's tiny Los Angeles home.

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9. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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10. George Harrison married again in 1978, to American-born Olivia Trinidad Arias, who had worked for his record company.

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11. George Harrison found a new musical partner in the 1980s, when Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra began to write and record songs with him.

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12. George Harrison owned a in England called Friar Park, where he lived from 1970 until he died.

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13. George Harrison will, of course, always be remembered and beloved as the youngest member of The Beatles.

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14. George Harrison passed away due to lung cancer ten years ago today, on November 29, 2001.

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15. George Harrison was treated for a collapsed lung and minor stab wounds.

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16. George Harrison wrote "Don't Bother Me", his first first solo composition, while sick in bed at the Palace Court Hotel in Bournemouth, England, in the summer of 1963.

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17. George Harrison began recording the songs that would comprise All Things Must Pass at Abbey Road on May 26, 1970, just weeks after the Beatles broke up.

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18. George Harrison bought the estate in 1970—and quickly penned "The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp", which appeared on his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, in 1970.

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19. George Harrison nicknamed his 120-room Friar Park mansion "Crackerbox Palace" after a friend's description of Lord Buckley's tiny Los Angeles home.

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20. George Harrison turned 27 on February 25, 1970, less than two months before Paul McCartney told the world he had no future plans to work with the Beatles.

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21. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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22. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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23. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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24. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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25. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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26. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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27. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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28. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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29. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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30. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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31. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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32. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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33. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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34. In 1974 George Harrison said of his former bandmate: "John Lennon is a saint and he's heavy-duty, and he's great and I love him.

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35. George Harrison wrote "Faster" as a tribute to the Formula One racing drivers Jackie Stewart and Ronnie Peterson.

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36. George Harrison had collected photos of racing drivers and their cars since he was young; at 12 he had attended his first race, the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree.

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37. George Harrison had an interest in sports cars and motor racing; he was one of the 100 people who purchased the McLaren F1 road car.

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38. George Harrison employed ten workers to maintain the 36-acre garden.

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39. George Harrison married model Pattie Boyd on 21 January 1966, with McCartney serving as best man.

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40. George Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition, particularly japa-yoga chanting with beads, and became a lifelong devotee.

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41. George Harrison commented: "For me, it was like a flash.

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42. George Harrison protested against the use of nuclear energy with Friends of the Earth, and helped finance Vole, a green magazine launched by Monty Python member Terry Jones.

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43. George Harrison pushed Apple to release Shankar's Joi Bangla EP in an effort to raise further awareness for the cause.

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44. George Harrison was involved in humanitarian and political activism throughout his life.

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45. George Harrison made cameo appearances in several of these films, including a role as a nightclub singer in Shanghai Surprise, for which he recorded five new songs.

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46. George Harrison helped finance Ravi Shankar's documentary Raga and released it through Apple Films in 1971.

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47. George Harrison bought a Gretsch Tennessean and a Gretsch Country Gentleman, which he played on "She Loves You", and during the Beatles' 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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48. George Harrison produced and made multiple musical contributions to Splinter's debut album, The Place I Love, which provided Dark Horse with its first hit, "Costafine Town".

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49. George Harrison wanted Dark Horse to serve as a creative outlet for artists, as Apple Records had for the Beatles.

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50. In 1974 George Harrison founded Dark Horse Records as an avenue for collaboration with other musicians.

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51. George Harrison wrote the chord progression of "Don't Bother Me" almost exclusively in the Dorian mode, demonstrating an interest in exotic tones that eventually culminated in his embrace of Indian music.

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52. George Harrison often had difficulty getting the band to record his songs.

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53. George Harrison wrote his first song, "Don't Bother Me", while sick in a hotel bed in Bournemouth during August 1963, as "an exercise to see if I could write a song", as he remembered.

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54. George Harrison initially stayed in Bombay until fans learned of his arrival, then moved to a houseboat on a remote lake in Kashmir.

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55. George Harrison performed at a Formby convention in 1991, and served as the honorary president of the George Formby Appreciation Society.

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56. George Harrison used the same volume-swell technique on "Yes It Is", applying what Everett described as "ghostly articulation" to the song's natural harmonics.

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57. On 29 November 2001, George Harrison died at a friend's home in Los Angeles, aged 58.

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58. In May 2001, it was revealed that George Harrison had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs, and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumour at a clinic in Switzerland.

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59. In January 1998, George Harrison attended Carl Perkins' funeral in Jackson, Tennessee, where he performed a brief rendition of Perkins' song "Your True Love".

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60. George Harrison publicly blamed years of smoking for the illness.

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61. George Harrison refused to participate in the completion of a third song.

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62. In 1994 George Harrison began a collaboration with McCartney, Starr and producer Jeff Lynne for the Beatles Anthology project.

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63. On 6 April 1992, George Harrison held a benefit concert for the Natural Law Party at the Royal Albert Hall, his first London performance since the Beatles' 1969 rooftop concert.

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64. In December 1991, George Harrison joined Clapton for a tour of Japan.

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65. In November 1987 George Harrison released the platinum album Cloud Nine.

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66. George Harrison released two singles from the LP: "You", which reached the Billboard top 20, and "This Guitar", Apple's final original single release.

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67. George Harrison considered it the least satisfactory of the three albums he had recorded since All Things Must Pass.

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68. In November 1974, George Harrison became the first ex-Beatle to tour North America when he began his 45-date Dark Horse Tour.

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69. Many years, George Harrison was restricted in his songwriting contributions to the Beatles' albums, but he released All Things Must Pass, a triple album with two discs of his songs and the third of recordings of Harrison jamming with friends.

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70. George Harrison continued to develop his interest in non-Western instrumentation, playing swarmandal on "Strawberry Fields Forever".

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71. George Harrison served as the Beatles' scout for new American releases, being especially knowledgeable about soul music.

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72. George Harrison became part of the Beatles with McCartney and John Lennon when the band were still a skiffle group called the Quarrymen.

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73. George Harrison passed the eleven-plus exam and attended Liverpool Institute High School for Boys from 1954 to 1959.

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74. In 1948, at the age of five, George Harrison enrolled at Dovedale Primary School.

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75. George Harrison lived the first four years of his life at 12 Arnold Grove, a terraced house on a cul-de-sac.

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76. George Harrison was born at 12 Arnold Grove in Wavertree, Liverpool, on 25 February 1943.

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77. George Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home.

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78. George Harrison is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

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79. George Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer.

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80. George Harrison was an English musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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