Remembering George Harrison On His Birthday

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Today would have been [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Harrison[/lastfm]‘s 69th birthday.

So in remembrance, Jack FM is making “Blow Away” our Song of the Day.

Shhh, don’t tell Paul… but George was always our favorite.  

Rolling Stone magazine placed him at No. 11 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Born into a working-class English family in 1943, George Harrison first rose to international stardom as lead guitarist of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm].  Following the band’s breakup in 1970, Harrison achieved further fame as a solo artist with such critically-acclaimed albums as All Things Must Pass, The Concert for Bangladesh, Living in the Material World and Dark Horse.  The singles “My Sweet Lord” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” both topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Harrison one of the most successful acts of the mid ’70s.

In 1979, the ex-Beatle released the studio album George Harrison.  Recorded during a time of domestic bliss in which his son Dhani was born, George Harrison was a hit in the U.S., spending 18 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaking at No. 14.  The single “Blow Away,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day, quickly became one of Harrison’s most popular and beloved songs.  It climbed to No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was also a Top 20 hit on pop radio.

George Harrison released two more albums, Somewhere in England and Gone Troppo, before his disenchantment with the music industry led to a five-year break from recording.  In 1987, Harrison returned to the charts with the surprising Cloud Nine.  Landing at No. 8 and selling over a million copies, the album re-established Harrison’s career and brought him a new generation of fans.  His first mainstream hit in 15 years, a remake of “Got My Mind Set on You,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the retrospective “When We Was Fab” became his last Top 40 single.

Sadly, George Harrison succumbed to lung cancer on November 29, 2001.  He was 58.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s final album, Brainwashed, was released the following year.

Here’s George Harrison performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.  We miss ya, George!

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