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Now, let me qualify this comment. I'm playing the Concert For George Blu-Ray on a standard low-to-mid-price Sony Blu-Ray player.

Still, I'm expecting to be (even somewhat) wow-ed by the picture. I'm not. At all.

Anyone else?


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All Things Must Pass 40th Anniversary 3-LP Vinyl Collection



Hollywood, California October 18, 2010 On Friday, November 26, George Harrisons magnificent 1970 solo debut, All Things Must Pass, will be released in a limited edition, numbered 180-gram vinyl set in its original 3LP configuration, with faithfully replicated original monochromic album art, poster and lift-top box packaging. Newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original analogue master tapes, the deluxe vinyl reissue commemorates the landmark albums 40th anniversary and will be available exclusively at Record Store Day-participating independent music retailers across the U.S.

All Things Must Pass will also be available internationally as a non-numbered limited edition 3LP boxed set.

On the same date, the album will be available for download purchase in audiophile quality digital format (96Khz/24 bit) exclusively at www.georgeharrison.com.

George Harrisons All Things Must Pass was a milestone release in 1970 and it ranks with record store owners as one of the best albums ever released, said Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day. The organizers of Record Store Day could not be more thrilled to support the restored reissue 40 years later - almost to the exact day - of this majestic album.

Originally released November 27, 1970, All Things Must Pass is widely considered to be one of George Harrisons finest albums. Co-produced by Harrison and Phil Spector, the album topped Billboards Top 200 chart for seven weeks and includes the international #1 smash single My Sweet Lord and its b-side "Isn't It a Pity," and the Top 10 hit What Is Life.

All Things Must Pass features a broad spectrum of all-star guest musicians, including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Billy Preston, among others. A third LP, a collection of five informal live studio recordings Harrison titled Apple Jam, was added to the double albums original package and is also included in the new 40th Anniversary Edition.

All Things Must Pass (limited edition 3LP box)

1. "I'd Have You Anytime"
2. "My Sweet Lord"
3. "Wah-Wah"
4. "Isn't It a Pity (Version 1)"
1. "What Is Life"
2. "If Not For You"
3. "Behind That Locked Door"
4. "Let It Down"
5. "Run of the Mill"

1. "Beware of Darkness"
2. "Apple Scruffs"
3. "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)"
4. "Awaiting On You All"
5. "All Things Must Pass"
1. "I Dig Love"
2. "Art of Dying"
3. "Isn't It a Pity (Version 2)
4. "Hear Me Lord"

LP3 (Apple Jam)
1. "Out of the Blue"
2. "It's Johnny's Birthday"
3. "Plug Me In"
1. "I Remember Jeep"
2. "Thanks for the Pepperoni"


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The Story of "In the First Place"

by Martin Lewis


A previously unknown 1967 song featuring George Harrison is among the many highlights of a major 10-day film festival saluting the exploding Austin Powers phenomenon. The festival - titled MODS & ROCKERS! Groovy Movies of the Shag-a-delic Sixties! - will be presented by the American Cinematheque in its new home at the restored landmark Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood starting Friday June 25.

The festival - which showcases over 20 fun movies from the 1960s - will be a delight to all fans of 60s music - especially lovers of the Beatles.

The newly-discovered George Harrison recording will be heard for the first time on a special Beatles night at the festival on Saturday June 26 - with the American premiere of a legendary British psychedelic movie from the 60s - WONDERWALL which stars cult British actress Jane Birkin.

The film was shot in 1967 by a London-based American director, Joe Massot, who was deeply entrenched in the Swingin London of the era. He had chosen the Beatles new favorite design team - a Sgt. Pepper-influenced Dutch collective known as The Fool - to create the wonderwall of the films title. (The designers also made the very few clothes worn in the film by the nymph-like Jane Birkin!) In the fall of 1967 he was searching for the right musicians to create the soundtrack for his movie. The films production had created quite a buzz and several artists were vying for the opportunity. The Bee Gees (then riding the crest of the wave of their first hits) and a post-Hollies pre-CSN Graham Nash both made pitches to get the job.

Around this time, Massot attended the now famous opening party for the Beatles Apple boutique, which featured clothes designed by The Fool. (The party was attended by all the Beatles, Stones, Eric Clapton and the cream of British rock society.) At the party he found himself in conversation with George Harrison. At this time Harrison was the only member of the Beatles who had not yet pursued a solo project.

(Paul McCartney had scored the 1966 Hayley Mills movie The Family Way and was the principal directing force behind the Magical Mystery Tour film; in addition to writing two books, John Lennon had acted in Richard Lesters 1967 movie How I Won The War; and Ringo Starr was preparing for his forthcoming acting roles in the movies Candy and The Magic Christian.)

Harrison indicated that he wanted to find a creative outlet for his growing interest in Indian music. Massot offered Harrison the job of creating the Wonderwall soundtrack - and Harrison accepted. He immediately set about writing and recording music for the film.

The resulting score was a groundbreaking blend of western and eastern music. Harrison crossed psychedelic rock with the Indian music which was his passion at the time. The Indian-flavored segments were recorded at EMIs Bombay studios in January 1968 - at sessions which also produced the backing track for Harrisons song The Inner Light - released as the B side of the Lady Madonna single in March 1968.

The western music was principally recorded in the same Abbey Road studio in which Harrison recorded with the Beatles. For his first album as a producer, Harrison tried out a formula which he reprised in 1971 for his debut solo album All Things Must Pass. (On that album he used Apple artists Badfinger as a basic house band - augmenting them with other musicians.) For his Wonderwall score he recruited the session services of a the musicians from a Liverpool group called The Remo Four. The band were primarily known as an excellent instrumental band and as a backing group for singers such as Tommy Quickly and Billy J. Kramer who (like them) were represented by Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Since the movie commission was for an instrumental score - their lack of major vocal talent was not an issue.

(The Remo Four were available for the session work because they were, sadly, in the throes of breaking up. They had already been dropped by two labels which had become disillusioned with their lack of record success - and the group hadnt had a record released since 1966. Subsequent to the Wonderwall sessions, two of the members of the group - Tony Ashton [keyboards] and Roy Dyke [drums] joined forces with bass player Kim Gardner and formed Ashton, Gardner & Dyke who had a Top 40 hit in the U.S. in 1971 with their single Resurrection Shuffle. [#3 in UK.] This came from their 1970 debut album The Worst Of Ashton, Gardner & Dyke - which featured guest guitar work by.... George Harrison - returning the favor of the Wonderwall sessions.)

As with his later solo album, Harrison invited a few musicians to augment his basic session group. One of these musicians was his new pal, guitarist Eric Clapton. However, as was the case on the Beatles White Album later in 1968 - his contribution was uncredited. (Prior to 1969, name musicians were rarely permitted to perform on recordings issued by labels other than their own.) Though the album credits didnt display it, subsequent rumors referred to the soundtrack sessions as having included a guitarist called Eddie Clayton - a well-known pseudonym used by Eric Clapton.

Also contributing to the sessions - though uncredited for a different reason - were fellow Beatles Ringo Starr and John Lennon (who added rhythm guitar at one of the sessions.) Neither of the Beatles wanted the fact of their involvement to draw attention away from Harrison on his first solo project - and they eschewed any credit.

(The 1992 Apple CD reissue of the album includes comprehensive liner notes by longtime Beatles/Apple publicist and Harrison friend/confidante Derek Taylor - in which he confirmed in print for the first time the uncredited participation of Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and others in the Wonderwall sessions.)

The completed film was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 1968 - at a screening attended by George & Pattie Harrison and Ringo & Maureen Starr.

On November 1, 1968, (December 2, 1968 in US) Harrisons much-praised score for the movie became the first album released on the Beatles new Apple label (receiving the UK catalog number Apcor 001) The album was well reviewed and a comparative success for an album of instrumental music from an as-yet-unseen film. It stayed on the Billboard album charts for 16 weeks - peaking at #49.

The film - which was a heavily psychedelized impressionistic fable featuring the young Jane Birkin - premiered in London on January 20, 1969 - but it was not a commercial success and fell from distribution rapidly. It never secured release in the USA.

With the passage of time and the subsequent backlash against 60s psychedelia, the film became an obscurity, occasionally surfacing on TV as late-night filler. The films director Joe Massot went on to a variety of other projects - most notably directing the 1972 Led Zeppelin documentary The Song Remains The Same and 1981s Dance Craze about the two-tone ska revival - featuring Madness and The Specials et al.

Apart from the release of Harrisons soundtrack album on CD in 1992 as part of a general Apple catalog reissue - the project attracted no further attention until 1995.

That was the year that Noel Gallagher writer/guitarist of the band Oasis happened to see the film on one of its occasional middle-of-the-night TV airings and became fascinated with the movie and its music. His fascination led to him writing a song incorporating the films title. The next Oasis album - their breakthrough Whats The Story Morning Glory - featured the song called Wonderwall - and it became a worldwide hit single for the by now enormously popular Oasis.

Once people realized the inspiration for the song - the success of the track sparked renewed interest in the original Wonderwall film.

So director Joe Massot decided to bring his 1967 production out of mothballs and see if there might be some interest in reissuing the film. On viewing the movie some 30 years on, he felt that the film could be improved with some re-editing and restoration work.

With the assistance of his eldest son Jason, an aspiring filmmaker, he started to re-edit the film and create a new directors cut. He also decided that he needed to restore the glory of the films original soundtrack which - conforming to the low-fi exhibition standards of the day - had been mixed in mono.

Massot set about tracking down all the original elements of the soundtrack. Several masters were located in the tape libraries of Abbey Road Studios and EMIs Bombay studios. However there were still some music cues missing. Massot decided to contact George Harrison to see if he could be of assistance.

Harrison searched deep in his personal vaults and eventually located all the multi-track masters that he had created for the movie. He passed the tapes to Massot to be used for the soundtrack restoration. It was then that Joe Massot made his startling discovery....

The tapes contained most of the missing music cues. The Wonderwall tapes also included a hidden gem. Apparently Harrison had been working on a SONG for the movie - called "In the First Place". However since the commission had been for instrumental music and there seemed to be no obvious location for a song in the movie - he had not bothered to submit the track to the films director!

The song was an extremely strong piece of psychedelic pop - in the style of the Beatles Blue Jay Way recorded by Harrison just weeks before the Wonderwall sessions. The atmospheric style perfectly matched the movies mood. Since he was in the process of re-editing the film, Massot felt that he could find a way to include this long-lost gem. In fact he wanted to use it as the films theme song. He approached Harrison with news of his discovery and his request.

Wonderwall is apparently a project Harrison still feels great pride in. It was the first time that he was commissioned for a project as a creative person outside of the Beatles. Harrison considered the request - and he readily agreed to the use of his recording in the film. He even gave permission for the song to be commercially released as a single in conjunction with the reissue of Wonderwall.

He sought just two minor conditions. Though the song was produced by him, clearly features his lead vocal, and is heavily influenced by his Blue Jay Way eastern/psychedelic style of composition and arrangement - he was not actually the songs composer. It had been written by two of his session players for the Wonderwall soundtrack. The composers were Colin Manley and Tony Ashton - two members of the disintegrating Remo Four group.

Harrison first of all wanted to be sure that his fellow Liverpudlian musician pals were properly credited for their composition - and that the song was not erroneously represented as having been his composition. (He acknowledged having been the sole producer of the recording - and agreed to accept the official credit as producer.)

Secondly, Harrison did not want to be officially credited as the artist or as a vocalist on the record. The song had been written by two members of a group that was barely in existence at the time of the recording - and that had indeed officially disbanded shortly after the Wonderwall sessions. But the recording had included the instrumental playing of its four members. The group - though never commercially successfully - was a well-respected Liverpool group which had provided instrumental backing for many local artists. Harrisons guest performance on the 1970 Ashton, Gardner & Dyke album attested to his affection for his ex-Remo Four musician pals.

The shy and retiring quiet Beatle - Harrison requested that the track be officially credited as a performance by The Remo Four. At the time he took this decision, Harrison was also aware that none of the four members of the defunct group were in good financial health and that one of the songs two composers - Colin Manley (who in recent years played with another old Liverpool group The Swingin Blue Jeans) - was also in poor physical health. In fact Manley died just a few months later.

Close friends say that Harrisons insistence on sole credit going to a forgotten and long unsung band of pals (and to not take any credit for his performance) is a typically generous gesture by the reclusive ex-Beatle.

Ringo Starr and George Harrison biographer Alan Clayson (George Harrison: The Quiet One) - who is also acknowledged as one of the worlds leading author/historians on British beat music of the 60s - states that at the time of the recording - the Remo Four had been without a record deal for two years. The group was primarily known as an instrumental backing group (most of their singles had been instrumentals.) They had spent much of 1967 playing live in Germany - where they had been experimenting with a new jazzy sound - quite unlike the progressive rock, psychedelia and eastern music styles which Harrison had been pursuing. The groups subsequent breakup - with two members forming a back-to-basics no-nonsense rockabilly trio (Ashton, Gardner & Dykes hit had been aptly titled Resurrection Shuffle) indicated that none of the groups musical leanings were remotely in the same direction as those of Harrison.

The track in question "In the First Place" sounds exactly as though it was a track from the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour - recorded just a few weeks earlier in September/October of 1967. Most particularly it has the same swirling eastern psychedelia found on Harrisons song Blue Jay Way.

Taking all these factors into account - his opinion is that it was highly unlikely that the song could have been recorded as a prospective track for a Remo Four release. Apart from their long-standing lack of a record deal and the imminence of their break-up - the very contemporary Beatlesque style and vocals would have been at complete odds with the very limited industry - or public expectation of a Remo Four record.

Though they may not understand the reason for Harrisons generous gesture to his old friends - fans of the Beatles and George Harrison are likely to agree with Claysons analysis of the music. They will simply be glad that the quiet Beatle agreed to allow this 31 year old gem hear the light of day.

In the UK, Wonderwall film director Joe Massot is already selling the CD single (with a collectors 7 vinyl single also available) through his Pilar Productions company via a website. Both configurations feature two versions of the song. The original 1967 Abbey Road mix - and the new mix prepared for the movie.

Now Massot is looking for a US distributor to release his Wonderwall movie on home video and for a record company that might be interested in a 3-minute recording by a long-defunct Liverpool quartet....

The Mods & Rockers! film festival is co-created and produced by British humorist/Beatles historian Martin Lewis (a longtime Board member of the American Cinematheque).


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Collaborations Box Set (2010)

Limited-Edition box set contains 3CDs & 1 DVD, and a 56-page book with exclusive photos, George and Ravi "In Their Own Words," and a foreword by Philip Glass.

Also available as digital box set download, with digital book.

3 Remastered CDs in replica vinyl sleeves
Chants Of India CD (1997)
Music Festival From India CD (1976)
Shankar Family & Friends CD (1974)
Previously-Unreleased DVD
Music Festival From India - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (1974)

1. Vandanaa Trayee
2. Omkaaraaya Namaha
3. Vedic Chanting One
4. Asato Maa
5. Sahanaa Vavatu
6. Poornamadah
7. Gaayatri
8. Mahaa Mrityunjaya
9. Veenaa-Murali
10. Geetaa
11. Mangalam
12. Hari Om
13. Swara Mantra
14. Vedic Chanting Two
15. Prabhujee
16. Sarve Shaam
17. Vandana
18. Dhamar
19. Tarana
20. Chaturang
21. Raga Jait
22. Kajri
23. Bhajan
24. Naderdani
25. Dehati
26. I Am Missing You
27. Kahan gayelava shyam salone
28. Supane me aye preetam sainya
29. I Am Missing You (reprise)
30. Jaya Jagadish Hare
31. Overture
32. Festivity & Joy
33. Love Dance Ecstasy
34. Lust (Raga Chandrakauns)
35. Dispute & Violence
36. Disillusionment & Frustration
37. Despair & Sorrow (Raga Marwa)
38. Awakening
39. Peace & Hope (Raga Bhatiyar)

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George Harrison: Four Lost Songs Found on Reissued Album
By: Roger Friedman in Music // October 26th, 2010 at 1:25 PM UTC
George Harrison the late Beatle, the composer of such superb songs as Something, Here Comes the Sun, and All Things Must Passstill has a few gems out there.

He has four lost songs on the newly reissued Apple Records album he recorded with R&B great Doris Troy in 1969. Troys album is one of several, all remastered, released yesterday from the Beatles label. Other gems in the collection include Badfingers Straight Up and Billy Prestons Thats the Way God Planned It.

While Billy went on to have hits like Nothing from Nothing and Will it Go Round in Circles, Troy wasnt so lucky.

Her one big hit, Just One Look, had come in 1963. Linda Ronstadt had a cover hit with it again in the mid 1970s.
Troy, who died in 2004 at age 67, can also be heard singing background on Dark Side of the Moon. She and her sister, the very much alive an active Vy Higgenson, had a major theatrical hit over the years with a touring musical called Mama I Want to Sing.

If Troys Apple album had hit, it would have re-established her. Not only is Harrison on it and producing, but Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr are all over the tracks.

The lost Harrison songs are Aint That Cute, Give Me Back My Dynamite, Gonna Get My Baby Back, and You Give Me Joy Joy. Also on the album are a spectacular cover of Get Back as well as several original Troy numbers including the What You Will Blues.

The album is good, it reminds me of Sam Moores lost 1972 Atlantic album, Plenty Good Lovin, which was only released in 2004. As much as I admired Ahmet Ertegun, he wasnt perfect. You wonder sometimes why he let some of his best artists languish, especially when he had the power to help them

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George Harrison - Paul Mccartney's Ghostly Shock

Sir Paul McCartney once thought his dead mother was trying to contact him - but it was his Beatles bandmate George Harrison playing a prank.

George Harrison once tricked Sir Paul McCartney into thinking he was his dead mother.

The Beatles stars and their bandmate John Lennon were once trying to contact the dead through an Ouija board - a flat tablet featuring letters, numbers and other symbols, which ghostly spirits can supposedly control by directing a pointer to spell out words - when they thought they had made contact with the singer's mother, who had died a few years earlier.

Paul explained: "We once did an Ouija board thing when we were kids. We weren't really into all that, but somebody said, 'let's do it', so we were touching the glass saying, 'OK, nobody push it, OK?' so then, suddenly, It's moving!

"And it spells, 'congratulations... son' and we're going 'no!' and is spells 'congratulations... son...number...one...In NME'"

Realising his mother wouldn't have known what the NME - a British music magazine - was, Paul said he knew someone was cheating.

He added: "We were all, 'Oh, f**k off' and then there's George, you know, laughing - he's been pushing it all the time. Bad boy."

Although there was no divine intervention in the Ouija board, George was, however, not wrong, and The Beatles went on to have 27 UK number one hits.


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Plans for George Harrison Park


ONE of Joburgs historical landmarks, George Harrison Park, is set to undergo dramatic changes to preserve its heritage value.

The park in Riverlea, on the corner of Main Reef Road and Nasrec Road, is the site of the first discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand Main Reef. Found by Harrison and George Walker, it was a moment that forever changed the destiny of the country.

Harrison was awarded a Discoverers Claim for his part in the discovery. And now the park, named for Harrison, will undergo a dramatic upgrade befitting its important place in Joburgs history. Taking place over five years, the changes will be part of the urban landscape, heritage and greening initiatives that have been undertaken by City Parks as part of its environmental and heritage conservation strategy.

The area will be restored and developed. It eventually will have designated pathways surrounded by lush grass and trees; a small play area for children; a mining headgear and viewing deck; and a museum, showcasing the areas historical value.

This R5-million upgrade was the idea of Central Rand Gold (CRG), a company focused on gold prospecting and mining in the Central Rand Goldfield of South Africa. Its goal is to become a substantial gold producer. Between 1886 and early 1970, Central Rand Goldfield is estimated to have produced about 247 million ounces of gold.

The traditional unit of weight for gold is the troy ounce and despite the gradual conversion to the metric system internationally, the troy ounce remains a traditional fixture of the gold trade. One troy ounce is equivalent to 31,1034807 grams.

CRG initiated the park upgrade after it received complaints from residents about the park, which was in a poor condition. The changes will be a local economic development project from which communities can benefit, says Jenny Johnson, the environmental and tenement manager at CRG.

She recalls that George Harrison Park was in total disrepair, even though City Parks mowed the lawn. Residents wanted to know if anything could be done to revive the space so that it could be used by the community.

The upgrade had to tie in with what the local government was working on and so CRG approached City Parks with a view to working together. Johnson says: CRG feels strongly about it [the upgrade initiative] to make it something residents can enjoy.

In the first step, CRG and City Parks signed a memorandum of understanding. It states that CRG will provide the funding for the project, amounting to R5-million over five years, which will only be used for achieving the objectives of the project.

While gold was discovered in March 1886 on what is today known as George Harrison Park in the western suburb of Riverlea, the area at the time was part of the farm, Langlaagte, another name synonymous with Joburgs mining history.

The old mine workings are still visible at the park. And it is still possible to go down them. However, they are closed to the public because of safety concerns. But still there is the sloping tunnel or inclined shaft that was the access to the underground workings. The shaft follows the dip of the reef.

The rails were used to support the rock ship, a large container used to transport gold ore out of the mine, and the stacked pile of wood is a timber support used to stabilise the rock above from collapsing.

The reef was one of the main gold-producing reefs mined on the Central Rand Goldfield; the reef conglomerate comprises several pebbly layers separated by sandy layers.

The hard layered whitish rocks quartzites which lie above and below the Main Reef were once beach sand that was deposited in the sea. The cross-bedding in the rocks above the tunnel are of ancient sand deposits and ripples that were laid down under shallow water.

To the north, across what is now Main Reef Road, was once one of Joburgs first mining settlements, the Paarl camp, which was later called Paarlshoop.


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Harrisons All Things Must Pass live on stage next week


Playing George Harrisons triple album All Things Must Pass live is quite an ordeal.

Theres the issue of multiple instruments guitars, keys, bass players, strings, horns, auto harp, tambourines to capture the wall of sound Phil Spector employed on the quiet Beatles first solo album.

Then theres the issue of expectations on hearing the beloved, critically hailed record live.

But out of love for the 40-year-old LP and to mark the ninth anniversary of Harrisons death from cancer, the Sunset Park-based orchestral pop collective Universal Thump is taking it on in its entirety at the Bell House on Nov. 29.

The first time I heard the record, I was completely stunned by how incredible it was. said Greta Gertler, who heads up Universal Thump along with Adam Gold. I love every minute of it.

Harrison recorded All Things Must Pass right after the Beatles breakup (hence the name). The guitarist had amassed material for a triple-album after years of being overshadowed by the likes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It remains the highest selling of any Beatle solo album.

Theres a lot of pressure to live up to everyones expectations of the album and their connection with it, so were staying as close to his aesthetic as possible, said Gertler, whos invited 16 vocalists to join them in performing the first two albums (therell be selections from the third instrumental record interspersed throughout the evening). Gertler got dibs to perform the tile track.

Its one of the more gentle ballads, said the singer, whose tribute concert also raises money for the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. Theres a lot of really big belting numbers, but my voice is better suited to a quieter one.

Shell leave such numbers to acts like John Wesley Harding, wholl sing on the amped up Wah Wah.

All Things Must Pass is one of my top 10 albums of all time, said the Fort Greene-based musician. Im looking forward to being in the middle of that maelstrom of noise!

Among the other featured vocalists, Rick Moody will sing on the mournful, Isnt it a Pity; Lee Feldman will lead on the psychedelic, I Dig Love; and Dayna Kurtz will croon on the country-esque Behind that Locked Door.

There is also a surprise guest vocalist in store that night (though dont expect either of the surviving Beatles to show up).

I tried to get in touch with Paul McCartney, but he didnt get back to me, said Gertler with a laugh. Hes probably busy that night.

And no one reached out to Ringo Starr.


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Remembering the quiet Beatle at the George Harrison Tree in Los Angeles



It was nine years ago today that former Beatle George Harrison passed away from cancer on November 29, 2001. While many Beatles fans will gather at George Harrison's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to pay tribute, there is a quieter, more fitting place to remember the 'quiet' Beatle. Way up in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Angeles sits the George Harrison Tree, a Cayman Island Pine planted seven years ago in tribute to the ex-Beatle who prided himself as a gardener.

The George Harrison tree was planted on the opposite end of the parking lot from the Griffith Park Observatory at the Mount Hollywood Hiking Trail. The tree was planted in February 2003 and the following year, on February 22, 2004, a dedication ceremony to unveil a special bronze plaque was held, as the city declared "George Harrison Day" that year in Los Angeles.

At the 2004 dedication ceremony, friends and associates gathered to pay tribute to Harrison including singer Billy Preston, singer Jackie Lomax, Council member Tom LaBonge, Chris Carter, host of LA's "Breakfast with the Beatles" and Linda Arias, Olivia Harrison's sister, who read a message sent by Olivia thanking everyone for remembering her husband George.

The bronze plaque placed in front of the George Harrison Tree features a lotus flower and reads: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener," followed by a quote from George Harrison: 'For the forest to be green, each tree must be green.' George Harrison (1943-2001)

Beatles fans, Pat Tyson and Susan Hancock, who attended the dedication ceremony back in 2004 said that on that cloudy day, as soon as the plaque was unveiled, the sun magically came out, giving special meaning to Harrison's popular song, "Here Comes the Sun." In seven years, the tree, which sits at the base of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, has grown from the original 3 feet to over 10 feet now.


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George Harrison Remembered in Cover Album

George Harrison is being remembered in a special CD with 10 of his songs performed by other great musicians during the ninth anniversary of his passing.

Harrison, who wrote some of the most endearing songs for the Beatles, was a guitarist in the band. He helped popularize Indian and other Eastern styles of music in the West after the group took a trip there. Many of his songs have an Eastern influence.

The album released on Nov. 29. It features:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps sung by Carlos Santana

Long, Long, Long by Jim James

Something by Frank Sinatra

Here Comes the Sun by Richie Havens

All Things Must Pass by Billy Preston

Try Some, Buy Some by David Bowie

Beware of Darkness by Leon Russell

Taxman by Junior Parker

Give Me Love by Dave Davies

My Sweet Lord by Nina Simone


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George Harrison in the White House

Billy Preston and George Harrison with Gerald Ford

It was 1974, the year George Harrison released the "Dark Horse" album and was on tour in the U.S. On Dec. 13, he and a group that included Ravi Shankar and Billy Preston met President Gerald Ford at the White House. You can see some video footage of the meeting at the left.

The inevitable question of whether the Beatles would get together again was asked. "I'm having more fun doing this sort of thing with Ravi and Billy and Tommy and I've never been so happy in all my life as with this band," he said.


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