The “Quiet Beatle”, George Harrison was the measured, considered member of the band, avoiding the over-the-top antics and controversies of the other three. Over the Beatles career, Harrison matured as a musician and composer, contributing his best work on the Abbey Road and The Beatles albums. Frank Sinatra called Harrison’s Something from Abbey Road “the greatest love song of the past 50 years.”
His triple album All Things Must Pass came in 1970 and for many was his musical introduction. It contained the worldwide hit My Sweet Lord and combined with his support for the charity event and record Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 established Harrison’s image as a mystic seeker.
George Harrison grew up in Liverpool, joining with Lennon and McCartney in the skiffle band that preceded the Beatles, the Quarrymen in 1958. His solo career started prior to the breakup of the Beatles and included music for the movie Wonderwall. After the breakup, Harrison had a string of successful albums in the 70s before his career stalled.
In 1987 George Harrison had worldwide success with an album produced by Jeff Lynne. Producing two hit singles, the album sparked another huge success when Harrison, Lynne, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty teamed up for two albums as the Traveling Wilburys.
It was to be George Harrison’s final major work. Battling two forms of lung cancer in the 1990s, Harrison died in 2001 when the cancer spread to his brain. He would have been 78 years old today.