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George Harrison

1943

George Harrison is born in Liverpool, England.

1956

George Harrison acquires his first guitar, which he masters by mimicking the recorded styles of Buddy Holly and Lonnie Donegan.

1965

George Harrison becomes interested in the sitar while filming Help! on location in India with the Beatles.

1968

While still with the Beatles, George Harrison releases the Eastern-flavored Wonderwall Music, a film soundtrack and the first release on the Beatles’ Apple label.

1969

George Harrison’s Electronic Sound, an avant-garde synthesizer album, appears on the Beatles’ short-lived Zapple imprint.

1969

“Something,” by the Beatles, becomes George Harrison’s first (and only) composition for the band to reach the top of the charts.

1970

George Harrison’s three-album masterwork, All Things Must Pass, is released. It will top the charts for seven weeks.

1970

“My Sweet Lord,” by George Harrison, tops the charts for the first of four weeks. The first single by an ex-Beatle to reach #1, it will sell 5 million copies.

1971

The Concert for Bangla Desh, an all-star benefit for flood and famine relief organized by George Harrison, is held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. A triple-album box set is released in December and a concert film appears in March.

1973

“Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),” from George Harrison’s Living in the Material, tops the charts.

1974

George Harrison announces the formation of his own record label, Dark Horse. It’s roster will include Harrison and other artists he signs.

1974

George Harrison, the first ex-Beatle to tour, kicks off his two-month Dark Horse tour in Vancouver, BC.

1975

Extra Texture (Read All About It), by George Harrison, is released. It will be his last album for Apple, freeing him to release subsequent works on his own Dark Horse label.

1976

George Harrison and Paul Simon are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, duetting on Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

1976

The Best of George Harrison enters the charts. One side consists of Harrison’s most popular Beatles songs, while the other collects solo hits.

1976

George Harrison releases Thirty-three & 1/3, which includes “This Song” and “Crackerbox Palace.”

1978

George Harrison co-founds HandMade Films, which is credited with revitalizing the British film industry. Its first production, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is released a year later.

1978

George Harrison marries Olivia Arias in England.

1979

The self-titled George Harrison enters the charts and yields a hit single, “Blow Away.”

1979

I Me Mine, George Harrison’s book of song lyrics and autobiographical reminiscences, is published in a pricey limited edition.

1981

“All These Years Ago,” George Harrison’s tribute to the late John Lennon, enters the Top Forty. It will peak at #2 and stay there for three weeks.

1987

George Harrison releases Cloud Nine, his first album in five years and his first platinum album since All Things Must Pass.

1988

“Got My Mind Set On You,” from Cloud Nine, becomes George Harrison’s first #1 hit since 1973.

1988

The Traveling Wilburys - George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison - release Volume One, which reaches #3 and sells 3 million copies.

1990

The Traveling Wilburys’ second album, Vol. 3, is released.

1991

George Harrison performs in Tokyo, finishing a 13-date Japanese tour that marks his first concerts since 1974.

1992

George Harrison releases Live in Japan, a double-disc documentary of his Japanese tour from the previous year.

1992

George Harrison is given Billboard magazine’s first century award at the trade journal’s third annual Billboard Music Awards.

1999

George Harrison is stabbed by a deranged intruder at his Friar Park estate. The knife narrowly misses his heart, and he is hospitalized with a punctured lung.

2001

George Harrison succumbs to brain cancer in Los Angeles.

2002

George Harrison’s final album, Brainwashed, is posthumously released. It is his first album of new material since 1987’s Cloud Nine.

2002

The Concert for George, a tribute organized by Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton, is held at Royal Albert Hall on the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death.

2004

George Harrison is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the nineteenth annual induction dinner. Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are his presenters.