Remembering George On His Birthday

He Would Be Turning 77

February 25, 2020
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George Harrison, who would have turned 77 this month,  was the lead guitar player of the Beatles and is often called the Quiet Beatle, because he wasn't as noisy as the other ones. He was the most musically adventurous, introducing elements of Indian music to his songs.

Here are some other things you might not have known about George.

1. He played lead guitar on the Cheech and Chong song "Basketball Jones."

2. He visited the United States before any of the other Beatles, visiting his sister Louise in Benton, Illinois, in September of 1963. Since the Beatles weren't known in America yet, George was able to  jam with local musicians, visit record stores and even camp in the Shawnee National Forest without being hassled by fans.

3. After he lost the "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine" lawsuit, he refused to allow the radio to be played in his house, so he wouldn't accidentally copy any one else's music.

4. George loved gardening and planting trees. A new garden area called "The George Harrison Woodland Walk" is being dedicated in his honor in his hometown of Liverpool next year.

5. George was the youngest Beatle, playing his first gigs with the guys when he was just 14. He was fascinated with Carl Perkins at the time, and for a while called himself "Carl Harrison."

Who remembers this fun George solo song?