George Harrison, lead guitarist and a songwriter for The Beatles, died of cancer at age 58 on November 29, 2001. The songs written by this “Quiet One” of the Fab Four – and his post-Beatles projects – are outranking the streaming of his bandmates’ compositions all these years later, according to an article by Jeff Slate this year.
To honor his songs and the music Harrison loved, his widow Olivia Harrison and guitarist Eric Clapton organized the Concert for George in 2002 which took place in London’s Royal Albert Hall a year to the day after he died. The program opens in the spirit of his Hindu beliefs and with a welcome by longtime friend Eric Clapton. Featured artists include his son Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Joe Brown, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr. The love in the hall included laughter, brought by Michael Palin and Monty Python performing their “I’m a Lumberjack” song routine.
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