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George Harrison

George Harrison (1964)

George Harrison, MBE (24 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was best known as the British lead guitarist of The Beatles. Following the bands demise, George Harrison also had a career as a solo artist and later as part of the Travelling Wilburys super group. George Harrison was also a film producer, with his production company Handmade Films, involving people as diverse as Monty Python and Madonna. From an initial exposure whilst a member of The Beatles, he maintained a high public profile regarding his religious and spiritual life. [ The Beatles ]

During the Beatles' phenomenally successful heyday, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were its main songwriters. However, George Harrison generally wrote and/or sang lead on one or two songs for each album. George Harrison's compositions earned him growing admiration as a considerable talent in his own right. Although he wrote some of The Beatles' best known songs, he was overshadowed by the Lennon/McCartney duo, despite his obvious growth as an artist. After the band's breakup, it was George Harrison who notched the first #1 single and #1 album by any ex-Beatle. Besides his notable talents as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, he achieved some success as a record producer, and film producer. [ The Beatles ]

While still a member of The Beatles, George Harrison became attracted to Indian music and Hinduism. Both would subsequently play a prominent role in Harrison’s life and music. His interest in the sitar first introduced the instrument to millions of Western listeners. [ The Beatles ]

George Harrison also had an uneven but sometimes very successful solo career, scoring major hits with "My Sweet Lord" (1970), "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" (1973), "All Those Years Ago" (1981), and "Got My Mind Set on You" (1987). Harrison's landmark album, All Things Must Pass, currently holds the title of the best selling album by a solo Beatle. George Harrison also organized the first large-scale benefit concert, The Concert for Bangladesh, which took place on 1 August 1971. George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2004. [ The Beatles ]

George Harrison was also a film producer and founded Handmade Films in 1979. The company's films include Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (in which he had a very minor cameo), Time Bandits, Withnail and I, and Mona Lisa. Harrison also has a cameo role in The Beatles parody film The Rutles. [ The Beatles ]

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