George Harrison was an amazing and talented artist and a personal inspiration. He has a legacy as a Beatle and through his personal career and endeavors and to this day and forward has his music played after his passing.
George Harrison was born on February 25th, 1943 in Liverpool England. He was the youngest of four siblings and regarding his parents, his father was a merchant marine and his mother a grocery clerk. As George grew up and started secondary school he started learning how to play guitar. It was also during this time he met Paul McCartney. Paul was part of a band called the Quarrymen, started by him and John Lennon, and invited George Harrison to join. Soon enough they found Ringo Starr and they had the full Fab Four for their new official band, The Beatles.
The Beatles slowly became a household name as their songs grew in popularity and soon they were known worldwide. The group toured and wrote music, and while John and Paul wrote most songs, George still wrote a few of his own for the band. When The Beatles came to India, George also brought a new sound and energy to the band. While in India, George fell in love with the Sitar and learned to play under Ravi Shankar and then played the Sitar for a few of the Beatles songs. They were writing new songs, changing their sound, and evolving, but all good things must come to an end. The Beatles split in 1970, but that did not stop George from creating his own music.
During his solo career, George dropped popular albums such as All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, and Cloud Nine. Also during his career, he paved the way for charity concerts with his two concerts to raise money for Bangladesh as an example for others. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with the Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and others. His career was hitting new highs and opening doors, however, things changed when he was diagnosed with cancer.
In 1997 George was diagnosed with throat cancer but was able to maintain his health. In 1999 while on bedrest, he was attacked by an intruder and despite suffering from a few stab wounds he went out of his bed to hold down the intruder while waiting for cops to arrive. Two years later in 2001 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumor and passed on November 29th, 2001.
It is coming up on 19 years since George Harrison's passing but his name and legacy live on, and he continues to be an inspiration for many artists and those just listening to his songs. George Harrison while in India picked up a religious belief through Hinduism and practiced transcendental meditation, so may George's soul attain Moksha.
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