George Harrison

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George Harrison
February 25, 1943
Liverpool, England

George Harrison is remembered as the lead guitar player, singer and songwriter of a band called "The Beatles". If you never heard of The Beatles, they were a band from England that achieved moderate success during the 1960's. In their native United Kingdom, between 1962 and 1970, the Beatles released 12 studio albums, 13 extended plays (EPs) and 22 singles. They all went to #1.  

Harrison was born at 12 Arnold Grove in Wavertree, Liverpool, and was the youngest of 4 children. 

Harrison's earliest musical influences were Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael and Django Reinhardt. By the 1950s, Carl Perkins and Lonnie Donegan were significant influences. In early 1956 he had an epiphany: while riding his bicycle, he heard Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" playing from a nearby house, and he ended up crashing his bicycle into a drainage ditch. George was now hooked on Rock n Roll and obsessed with Guitars.

George's father bought the boy a guitar and Harrison formed a skiffle group called the "The New Originals" with his brother Peter and a friend, Arthur Kelly. On the bus to school, Harrison met Paul McCartney, who also attended the Liverpool Institute, and the pair bonded over their shared love of music.

George joined the Quarrymen with John and Paul when he was just 15 years old. They changed the name to The Beatles in 1960, Brain Epstein became the manager in 1962 and Ringo joined later that year. All the pieces were now in place. 
The Beatles released their first album March 22, 1963 and started a revolution within every aspect of popular culture. No one had ever heard or seen anything quite like The Beatles before. 

These 4 loveable moptops arrived in the U.S, February 7, 1964. They landed in JFK airport in NYC and changed our lives forever. When The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show two nights later, approximately 350 million people tuned in, or basically 100% of the population. 

Beatlemania was born and everyone and their mother went out bought a guitar and started a band the next day. The British Invasion was in full swing. With every new song and album, hysteria ensued. Boys grew their hair longer, girls screamed and cried in the streets. It was pandemonium. 

George's contribution to The Beatles cannot be over stated. George’s first song to appear on a Beatles’ album was ‘Don’t Bother Me’ from the band’s second album, With The Beatles. He matured as a songwriter with every album. "Think For Yourself", "If I Needed Someone", "Taxman", "Blue Jay Way", "Within Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Piggies", "Savoy Truffle", "Something", "Here Comes the Sun" and many more. 

George was a very underrated guitarist as well, contributing some amazing work to the band's songs, both lead and rhythm. George was also responsible for The Beatles Indian influence, contributing Eastern religion and the Sitar. 

George had an incredible solo career as well, coordinated "The Concert for Bangladesh", played with "The Traveling WIlbury's" and had many hit albums and singles. 

George was the quiet Beatle, and he quietly changed the world. His influence on guitar playing and songwriting is immeasurable. George died on November 29, 2001. It was a sad day for the world.
 
Remembering George on his birthday! Thank You for the music Sir! It was an honor to share this planet with you. We Love and Miss You Dearly!
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