George Harrison

harrison1February 25, 1943 – November 29, 2001

In 1958, at the age of 15, George Harrison auditioned – for the second time – for a band made up of local lads from his native Liverpool. Two years later, the band was known as The Beatles. Three years after that, they were launched into international stardom and the rest was, quite literally, history. George was the lead guitar player for the group and developed into a significant songwriter over his 12 years with the band. His songs and instrumental work began to expand to include Eastern influences – specifically Indian music, culture and religion. By the time The Beatles broke up in 1970, Harrison was on course for a very successful solo career. As an ex-Beatle, he released more than a dozen studio and live albums – several of which are certified Gold and/or Platinum. He later teamed up with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty to form the group, The Traveling Wilburys, and record 2 albums.

George was an intensely private person and in his last years, he did what he could to suppress his battle with lung and brain cancer from the public. In 1999, he was attacked and stabbed multiple times by an intruder in his home. He survived, but less than two years later, the cancer got the best of him. He died at the age of 58.

Burial

Cremated – In keeping with the Eastern traditions he had embraced, George was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the Ganges River in India.

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