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Olivia has agreed to support the creation of a memorial garden in Henley.

Mayor Kellie Hinton wrote to Olivia Harrison to see if she would back the idea and her husband’s charity confirmed she was in favour.
The town council will now work with Mrs Harrison and the Material World Foundation to find a suitable location.

Plans for a memorial in the town have been mooted for years. Mrs Harrison was against plans for a statue to the former Beatle, who lived at Friar Park.
Councillor Hinton said: “We were only comfortable doing something if Olivia was going to support us.
“We know from previous discussions that she did not want anything near the house. We looked at locations in Mill and Marsh Meadows, which are tranquil and by the river. There were other areas we looked at which could be suitable.”

The Mayor met with representatives of the foundation in October, when they discussed the possibility of a garden.
Cllr Hinton said: “We had a 45-minute meeting and went over some of the possible locations, which they could look at in their own time. On the same day we had a message saying they wanted to do it.
“From there it was something the Henley in Bloom committee was going to look at. There has been nothing decided on funding or location.“I would love to see it happen. One of the things we don’t celebrate enough is the fact that George and Olivia chose Henley as their home.”
The idea of a memorial was first suggested in 2001 following Harrison’s death.
In January 2013, Mrs Harrison wrote to the Henley Standard saying: “A more appropriate way of honouring his memory in Henley would be to support a community project.”
This led to the Music on the Meadows festival. The Harrisons moved to Friar Park in the Seventies.



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Recorded between May and October 1970, George’s ‘What Is Life’ became the second single to be released from All Things Must Pass. It entered the US Hot 100 on 27 February 1971 and went on to become George’s second Top 10 hit in America.
In the UK, ‘What Is Life’ was issued as the B-side of ‘My Sweet Lord’. As a single it topped the Swiss charts, and did really well in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Austria and Norway. The song was written quickly by George and he thought originally that Billy Preston would record it for the solo album that he was producing for the keyboard player’s Apple album.

George had started work on All things Must Pass but they were running out of tracks at the famous studio, because it only had a four-track machine, so he went to Trident at St Anne’s Court in London’s Soho where they had an 8-track recorder. According to engineer Ken Scott, “Working with George was always a joy. When he did backing vocals, it was all George. It was tedious, but it was so much fun. We would double it and bounce those down, and double some more and bounce those, getting the mix as we went along.”
It’s a song that went through several different phases until George was happy with it. An early mix had additional instruments that didn’t quite fit what George wanted. According to George, “It had parts for piccolo trumpet and oboe that weren’t used originally because I didn’t like the feel. It sounds a bit of a novelty now”.

The track features many of those who graced the All Things Must Pass sessions, including all of Derek and the Dominos – Clapton, Whitlock, Radle and Gordon, along with Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Joey Molland of Badfinger. Additional instrumentation comes from Jim Price on trumpet and Bobby Keys on saxophone, who were in the throws of becoming the Rolling Stones horn section, playing on Sticky Fingers and as part of the band’s touring party.
In America, the single came in a picture sleeve that shows George playing guitar while standing in a window of his home, Friar Park. The photo was taken by Barry Feinstein, whose Camouflage Productions partner, Tom Wilkes, wanted it to be part of an elaborate poster intended as an insert in the album package, but that design was rejected by George in favour of a simpler photo of him, which became the final poster. In 1972, Olivia Newton-John recorded “What Is Life”, and it reached the UK top 20 in March 1972, peaking at No.16.



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Van Zandt, along with Bachman Turner Overdrive founder Randy Bachman and Ringo’s musical director Mark Rivera, are meeting at E. 32nd St. venue The Cutting Room at 8 a.m. on Sunday for a visit with Ken Dashow, who hosts “Breakfast With The Beatles” on Q104.3.

“They will be telling their favorite George stories and strapping on some guitars to jam to a few Beatles tunes,” according to an insider tied to the appearance.
Van Zandt, a big Beatles fan, was joined on stage by George’s old bandmate Paul during a November performance in London where the two of them performed a rousing rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There.”



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Today marks what would have been George Harrison‘s 75th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE!


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George would have turned 75 on February 25. A look back at the life of the boy from Liverpool who became the Fab Four’s lead guitarist.

A brooder and introvert, George Harrison always seemed to be in the shadows of the alpha males John and Paul  during his time with The Beatles. Yet he made it onto the Rolling Stone list of the 100 best guitarists of all time with his very special slide guitar technique at number 11.

The musical pioneer’s legacy is “the combination of ritual Indian music with secular western pop music in the sense of a global music without ethnic or religious boundaries,” said the curator of the rock’n’popmuseum in Gronau, Germany, Thomas Mania.

From the Quarrymen to Hinduism

George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943, in war-time Liverpool. Growing up in the post-war era, he had a passion for playing guitar. When his school friend Paul McCartney brought him in 1956 to the Beatles, then called The Quarrymen, he was the youngest band member at just 13. Only four years later, the band conquered Hamburg and then New York.

In 1965, an encounter with the Indian musician Ravi Shankar changed Harrison’s life. The sitar virtuoso showed him how the then largely unknown instrument in Europe was handled. Harrison used it on several Beatles songs, including “Norwegian Wood” or “Within You Without You,” kicking off an avalanche of psychedelic rock.

At Harrison’s prompting, the Beatles were instructed in meditation by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Fab Four did not come alone: ​​a pack of 800 journalists from all over the world followed them and bore witness as the musicians hopped through monastic gardens in colorful garments and smeared each other with paint. Most of the eponymously-named double album, sometimes known as “The White Album,” was inspired by these experiences.

For his bandmates, the trip to India was an episode, but afterwards, George converted to Hinduism. He soon turned away from his guru, because the supposedly abstinent monk was apparently polyamorous and commanded money from his followers.

He then discovered the Hare Krishna movement, later donating a large estate near London to the sect in 1973; Bhaktivedanta Manor became one of the largest Krishna temples in the Western world.

After the Beatles separated, George found solo success. His album “All Things Must Pass” stormed the charts in the UK and US in 1970, followed by “Living in the Material World” in 1972, an album which reflected his religious and philosophical views.

Money was never important to George Harrison. Despite the Beatles’ early access to material comfort, Harrison apparently always felt there was still something missing. Religion filled that void, he once said.

Hills and valleys

George’s career was a constant series of ups and downs. He often complained that audiences only wanted to hear him perform songs from the Beatles repertoire, while he wanted to follow his own path.

He organized a charity concert for Bangladesh and together with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, formed the supergroup Traveling Wilburys, which played from 1988 to 1990. He also served as a film producer: Without his financial support, the Monty Python classic “The Life of Brian” would never have been made.

And yet he later said, “I play a bit of guitar, write songs, make some movies, but none of that is really me.” In the last years of his life, spirituality was the only thing to give him meaning.

George Harrison died of lung cancer on November 12, 2001 at the age of 58 at New York University Hospital.



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A cherished Mercedes-AMG luxury limo is set to make as much as £40,000 when it heads to auction next month. Presented in very good condition with stacks of history, the rare ‘bahnstormer also benefits from George Harrison.

George purchased the car new in May 1984, when AMG was still an independent company and there was only a single dealer in the UK. Having such little reach meant the company could personalise its offerings, though, and Harrison opted for a blacked-out Mercedes 500 SEL model with black wheels, blackened chrome trim and a built-in mobile phone.

The invoice price at the time was reportedly more than twice as much as the standard car, making this a very rare and exclusive beast indeed. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 245bhp, the car should make an effortless cruiser – if a rather thirsty one.

During his 16-year ownership, George clocked up 30,000 miles in the car, before selling it to a friend in August 2000. Included with the immaculate vehicle is a pile of MOT certificates and mileage papers, together with the original service book. There’s also a copy of the October 2014 issue of Mercedes Enthusiast magazine, in which the car features, and insurance documents in Harrison’s name.

The vehicle will go up for sale at Omega Auctions’ Beatles Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, March 24 in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside.