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Why we love George Harrison

To celebrate the arrival of the great George Harrison to our catalog, here at Deezer we’ve put together a list of reasons why you should love the guy just as much as we do.

1. Musical Experimentation

Never content with settling for just one sound; throughout the swinging sixties Harrison not only became known for being the driving force behind a number of The Beatles’ more obscure musical paths, he also took a personal interest in Eastern instruments during the filming of the band’s second film, Help! in 1965. Harrison learnt to play the Sitar introducing its beautifully unique sound to Western pop music. It was Harrison’s use of the Sitar in songs such as ‘Norwegian Wood’ that led to The Beatles becoming the band they were, despite Paul’s initial disapproval of the decision.

2. The quiet one

“My favorite Beatle is…” is an all-too-common opening statement on fan sites across the web, and though this is definitely not how we would recommend judging the most successful band of all time- it still occurs. For those who fight the George corner in this debate, it seems that his appeal often stems from his mysterious aura. Often living in the shadows of Lennon and McCartney, both on a songwriting front and personality wise, Harrison was depicted as the quiet, deep thinker of the group. Harrison was however, known for saying “I want to be successful, not famous” so maybe, this is just how he would have wanted life as a Beatle. Sadly for George, you can’t be a Beatle and not be famous. In true George fashion though, he accepted the cards he was dealt and used them to help others (see point 6).

3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

In 1978, Harrison took out a homeowner’s loan on his home in order to help finance the making of a film by a close group of friends, the friends were none other than Monty Python and the film, oh, it was only comedy classic Monty Python’s Life of Brian. If this says anything about George, it’s that firstly- he was an awesome friend, and secondly- he had great film tastes. According to Monty Python member Eric Idle, Harrison’s $4 million investment remains to this day “the most money anyone ever paid for a cinema ticket.” Considering Harrison bagged himself a cameo as an extra and the film went on to become one of the greatest comedy films of all time, I’d say that was money well spent.

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4. Serenading Sinatra

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that over the years Harrison built up a rather impressive back catalog of songs, ranging from Beatles classics, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’ to Harrison’s critically acclaimed solo work including ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ‘What Is Life’. But when Frank Sinatra described Harrison’s ‘Something’ as “the greatest love song of the past 50 years” then surely that’s saying something, right?

5. Spirituality

Following several spiritual experiences in the mid-60s involving a man named Sivananda Vishnudevananda, a book titled ‘The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga’ and a drop of LSD, Harrison’s Roman Catholic upbringing was left behind. Opening the minds of his fans to new ways of thinking about their lives and the universe, Harrison’s lyrics covered topics ranging from universal love, inner peace, and reincarnation. Writing at a time when Western society still predominantly held suspicious views of Eastern religion and culture, his lyrics helped to alter these incorrect assumptions; none more potently than in the song ‘All Things Must Pass’.

6. The Concert for Bangladesh

Perhaps the most powerful example of Harrison’s greatness not just as musician, but as a human, was demonstrated during The Concert for Bangladesh. Organized by Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The Concert for Bangladesh was held on August 1st 1971 at Madison Square Gardens, New York. In total, The Concert for Bangladesh raised $17 million for UNICEF to help refugees across the world. What Harrison and Shankar achieved that Sunday was truly remarkable and has since inspired a number of other artists to use the power of their music to help others.

7. All Things Must Pass (1970)

Despite taking a backseat in terms of songwriting during The Beatles years, Harrison, though he didn’t need to prove anything, demonstrated the extent of his songwriting abilities with his debut album All Things Must Pass, such is its stature that it still remains to this day widely accepted as the most critically acclaimed solo album by any of the four Beatles. And yes, we have it on Deezer!

8. “What do you call this haircut?”

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“Arthur”- George Harrison

Let’s face it, the man had some beautiful locks, there are no two ways about it. Here is where we sit back and appreciate our favorite Harrison hairdos over the years, oh and yes, we thought we’d throw in a few celebs sporting Harrison-esque styles for good measure.

9. His Last Words

Finally, we would like to end this post with Harrison’s beautiful farewell to the world. A world that he inspired, influenced and ultimately changed for the better. His farewell epitomizes just what he strived to achieve in his own life, and his message will never be forgotten: “Love One Another”.

You can now listen to amazing George on Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/artist/1129

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The Beatles’ story began in Liverpool in March 1957, when John Lennon (born 9 October 1940) formed a group named The Quarry Men. His life was changed by the excitement of rock ’n’ roll music - heralded by Bill Haley and His Comets, but taken to another level when Elvis Presley stormed the charts during 1956. The next year saw the arrival in the UK of hits by Little Richard, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, the Everly Brothers and, in movie theatres, the exciting rock film The Girl Can’t Help It!, featuring Eddie Cochran singing ‘Twenty Flight Rock’. Introduced to John on 6 July 1957 at a church fete in Woolton, Liverpool, Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) sang Eddie’s song word perfect. Impressed, John invited the fifteen-year old to join his group. In February 1958, Paul’s younger school pal George Harrison (born 25 February 1943) won his place in The Quarry Men when he impressed the others with his guitar skills, especially on the current hit instrumental ‘Raunchy’ by Bill Justis. With a constant nucleus of John, Paul and George, the group underwent a series of line-up changes and names. Having gained a dependable drummer - Pete Best - in August 1960, The Beatles made their first visit to West Germany to perform in the clubs of Hamburg. Playing long sets through the night, they spent hundreds of hours onstage during five visits to the city. Back home in Liverpool, their regular stomping ground was The Cavern Club, where they played nearly 300 times. The experience gained in Hamburg and at The Cavern helped to make The Beatles the most proficient and popular group on Merseyside.