Nine Years Out: George Harrison

Nine years ago today, George Harrison died of cancer.  It’s hard to believe he has been gone such a relatively short time – compared to John Lennon, who died in 1980 – but it seems his music has been with us forever.

Try to imagine being in a rock band with the two greatest songwriters of all.  The fact that George Harrison got his music onto Beatles records, and some of his songs are comparable to Lennon-McCartney’s, is a brilliant testimony to the man’s musical talent.   And like his former bandmates, his solo career had peaks and valleys – perhaps maybe a little higher and lower than the other Beatles.

December 8, the date of John Lennon’s murder, is burned onto our collective memories but let’s take a moment today to remember another great musician.

MP3: “Bangla Desh” (single)

MP3: “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” (mono)

MP3: “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)”

MP3: “My Sweet Lord” (early vocal take)

MP3: “Deep Blue”

MP3: “It Don’t Come Easy” (demo)

MP3: “This Song”

MP3: “Sour Milk Sea” (demo)

MP3: “When We Was Fab”

YouTube:  All Things Must Pass (30th anniversary re-release) electronic press kit

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