Anniversary of George Harrison's Death: 11/29
Posted 11/29/2012 12:00:00 AM

Anniversary of George Harrison’s Death – November 29th, 2001


Conversation Starters

  • 11 years ago we lost one of the most brilliant minds in music, George Harrison. When was George at his best – with the Beatles or in his solo career?
  • On this day in 2001, George Harrison lost his long battle with cancer. What do you remember most about George’s life and career?
  • Today marks the 11th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing. In remembrance, share with us your favorite Harrison song.

Fast Facts

  • Born February 25th, 1943 in Liverpool, passed away on November 29th, 2001 in Los Angeles
  • Harrison first met Paul McCartney in grammar school
  • McCartney and John Lennon were in a group called the Quarrymen, and the younger Harrison was eventually offered an audition, which got him in the band
  • By 1960, Lennon had renamed their group, The Beatles and they began playing in small clubs and bars around Liverpool
  • By 1962, Ringo Starr was added to the group, and the famous Beatles lineup was born
  • Harrison wrote the song, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which sits at #136 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time
  • In 1968 he led the group to northern India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • During the Let It Be recordings in 1969, Harrison walked out and didn’t return until several days later
  • The last song The Beatles ever recorded was Harrison’s “I Me Mine”
  • After the group split, Harrison joined with Ringo, Eric Clapton and others to record All Things Must Pass, which were songs he had written that didn’t make it onto any of the Beatles records
  • On August 1st, 1971 he held the first ever major rock benefit concert, The Concert for Bangladesh, at Madison Square Garden, the concert, film and album raised over 13 million
  • In 1974, Harrison formed his own record label, Dark Horse
  • In 1978, Harrison co-founded HandMade Films
  • In 1980, he published his autobiography, I Me Mine
  • In 1987, he teamed up with Jeff Lynn, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan and eventually formed the Traveling Wilburys
  • On January 20th, 1988, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles
  • On December 9th, 1992, Harrison received Billboard’s first ever Century Award.
  • In 1998 Harrison was successfully treated for throat cancer
  • On December 30th, 1999, Harrison was attacked by a 33 year old, mentally unstable, home invader with a knife
  • In May 2001, his cancer returned and it was discovered that it had spread to his brain; he passed away in November of that same year at the age of 58
  • In 2002, on the first anniversary of Harrison's death, Eric Clapton organized the Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall; Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Dhani Harrison were among those who performed
  • George Harrison was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2004 and received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building in 2009
  • In October 2011, a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary entitled Living in the Material World: George Harrison was released; the two-part movie spanned Harrison’s entire life

Personal Life

  • The youngest child of Harold and Louise Harrison’s 4 children
  • Married Pattie Boyd in 1966 and divorced in 1977 when she left him for Eric Clapton
  • In 1979, married Olivia Arias and became father to his son Dhani; he and Olivia were together until his death in 2001
  • George was often referred to as “the quiet Beatle”
  • He developed a deep interest in Hinduism when the Beatles traveled to the Bahamas while filming the movie Help!, and he met Swami Vishnu-devananda; he became a devotee of the religion until his death
  • He developed a strong friendship with Indian musician Ravi Shankar who taught him to play the sitar and helped him organize The Concert for Bangladesh
  • Harrison was a vegetarian from 1968 until his death

Discography (Solo)

  • Wonderwall Music, 1968
  • Electronic Sound, 1969
  • All Things Must Pass, 1970
  • The Concert for Bangla Desh, 1971
  • Living in the Material World, 1973
  • Dark Horse, 1974
  • Extra Texture, 1975
  • Thirty-Three & 1/3, 1976
  • George Harrison, 1979
  • Somewhere in England, 1981
  • Gone Troppo, 1982
  • Cloud Nine, 1987
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, 1988
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, 1990
  • Live in Japan, 1992
  • Brainwashed, 2002

Billboard Hot 100 (Solo)

  • December 26th, 1970, “My Sweet Lord”, peaked at #1, on the chart for 30 weeks
  • March 27th, 1971, “What is Life”, peaked at #10, on the chart for 9 weeks
  • June 30th, 1973, “Give Me Love”, peaked at #1, on the chart for 14 weeks
  • January 11th, 1975, “Dark Horse”, peaked at #15, on the chart for 10 weeks
  • February 8th, 1975, “Ding Dong; Ding Dong” peaked at #36
  • November 1st, 1975, “You”, peaked at #20, on the chart for 10 weeks
  • January 8th, 1977, “This Song”, peaked at #25, on the chart for 11 weeks
  • March 26th, 1977, “Crackerbox Palace”, peaked at #19, on the chart for 11 weeks
  • May 5th, 1979, “Blow Away”, peaked at #16, on the chart for 14 weeks
  • July 4th, 1981, “All Those Years Ago”, peaked at #2, on the chart for 16 weeks
  • December 4th, 1982, “Wake up My Love”, peaked at #53, on the chart for 5 weeks
  • January 16th, 1988, “Got my Mind Set on You”, peaked at #1, on the chart for 22 weeks
  • March 26th, 1988, “When we Was Fab”, peaked at #23, on the chart for 10 weeks

Billboard Top 200 (Solo)

  • January 23rd, 1988, Cloud Nine, peaked at #8, on the chart for 31 weeks
  • August 1st, 1992, Live in Japan, peaked at #126, on the chart for 2 weeks
  • December 7th, 2002, Brainwashed, peaked at #18, on the chart for 9 weeks

RIAA (Solo)

  • June 1st, 1973, Living in the Material World, certified Gold
  • December 16th, 1974, Dark Horse, certified Gold
  • November 11th, 1975, Extra Texture, certified Gold
  • January 19th, 1977, Thirty-Three & 1/3, certified Gold
  • February 15th, 1977, The Best of George Harrison, certified Gold
  • May 8th, 1979, George Harrison, certified Gold
  • January 12th, 1988, Cloud Nine, certified Platinum
  • March 7th, 2001, All Things Must Pass, certified 6x Platinum
  • December 13th, 2002, Brainwashed, certified Gold



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