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us remember the great talent each possessed "
September 19th 1936 ~ January 11th 2002
Gene Dinwiddie, born
in Louisville, later nicknamed "Brother" played with various
bands and jammed with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell and Amina Claudine
Myers, for over a decade and a half before he got a big break in 1967.
This happened when Paul Butterfield inspired by his mentor Junior
Parker, formed a "big band". Soon after he asked Gene, by
then a highly respected blues and jazz man, to arranged the brass
section to join the band. This included Brother Gene himself, Trevor
Lawrence, David Sanborn, Steve Madeo, they made a huge impact on the
band, and brought them media attention. Gene appeared at both legendary
festivals, the '67 Monterey Pop Festival, and at Woodstock in 1969,
where his outstanding performance in "Love March" helped
make it an instant hit, and also made it the band's anthem. He toured
and recorded with the band for over 3 years. A must of Gene from this
era, is the Butterfield Blues Band's supurb "Live" album,
from the opening notes to the last, Gene's input and influence is
felt throughout the album. He also played and recorded with the James
Cotton Blues Band in it's early days, his experience helped them on
their way to become the band they are known today. Throughout the
70's, 80's & 90's Gene freelanced, arranging brass sections or
playing solo with many artists including Greg Allman, Cher, B.B. King,
Melissa Manchester, Jackie Lomax, Keith Johnson, Phillip Wilson, Bugsy
Maugh, Steve Madaio, Trevor Lawrence, Venetta Fields, Clydie King,
David Sanborn, Geoff & Maria Muldaur, Lightnin' Rod, the band
Crackin' and Etta James including her 1990's "Stickin' to My
Guns". He was also a major member of the group Full Moon during
this time too. Gene played all the saxophones, the flute, the mandolin,
but is most famed for his tenor playing. He also composed, "Cafe
Black Rose" on the Lightinin Rod "Hustlers Convention"
album, later covered by Beck. He was a musician who put so much hard
work and so much of himself into many projects, but, sadly Gene Dinwiddie
passed away in La Puente, Los Angeles, Californiain in 2002, and like
too many great musicians .. virtually unnoticed.
~ September 7th 1966
Blues legend and pioneer Son House sadly died of cancer of the larynx
American blues singer and guitarist, a pioneer of an innovative style
featuring strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of
slide guitar, and his singing often incorporated elements of southern
gospel and spiritual music. Son was born Eddie James House Jr in
Riverton, Mississippi, but raised in Tallulah, Louisiana, and at 15
he began a preaching career. Son became more and more drawn to the
blues, inspired by the work of Willie Wilson by his mid 20s he had
taught himself guitar. He began playing alongside his good friend
Willie Brown, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Fiddlin' Joe Martin
around Robinsonville MI, and north to Memphis, Tennessee, until 1942.
His first recordings were for Paramount in Grafton Wisconsin in 1930;
My Black Mama, Dry Spell Blues, Preachin' The Blues and an unreleased
version of Walking Blues. Lyrically and musically they were masterpieces.
He recorded again in the very early 40s including The Jinx Blues,
Levee Camp Blues, Government Fleet Blues, Shetland Pony Blues, Fo'Clock
Blues and Camp Hollers. When his dear friend and musical partner Willie
Brown died, Son totally gave up playing guitar and left his music
life behind. Luckily in the 60s he was tracked down by blues afficianodos
Dick Waterman, Nick Perls and Phil Spiro. Al Wilson of Canned Heat
helped Son back into saddle and soon he was again playing professionally.
Over the next 10 years he appeared at all the world top festivals,
Newport Folk Festival, the New York Folk Festival, the Montreux Jazz
Festival to mention a few. He toured extensively in the States and
Europe and in 1965 he recorded some powerful tracks, Death Letter
Blues, Preachin' Blues, Grinnin' In Your Face and more. In the summer
of 1970, while touring Europe, including an appearance at the Montreux
Jazz Festival and his recording of his London concerts was released
by Liberty Records. Sadly Son's health deteriorated, in 1974 he was
forced to retired. He later moved to Detroit, where he remained until
his death. Son
was an important influence on the likes of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf,
Robert and Tommy Johnson. A seminal Delta blues figure, he remains
influential today, with his music being covered by blues-rock groups
such as The White Stripes and slide player John Mooney has combined
Son's Delta style with power trio Rock and New Orleans R&B to
carry Son's tradition into the 21st Century. Several of Son's songs
were also featured in the 2006 film soundtrack "Black Snake Moan".
7th 1936 ~ February 3rd 1959
The legendary 22 year old singer-songwriter, multi-musician, Buddy
Holly died tragically in an airplane crash shortly after take-off
from Clear Lake, Iowa. He left a loving family including his young
wife Maria Elena. Although Buddy's success lasted only a year and
a half before his death, he is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the
single most influential creative force in early rock and roll"
Born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas, into a musical family,
he was always known as Buddy to his family and he learned to play
piano, guitar and fiddle as a young boy. During the fall of 1949 he
met Bob Montgomery at Hutchinson Junior High School, they teamed up
as "Buddy and Bob". Initially influenced by bluegrass music,
they sang harmony duets at local clubs and high school talent shows.
Buddy turned to rock music after seeing Elvis Presley sing live in
Lubbock in early 1955. Later that year, Buddy opened on the same bill
with Elvis, also in Lubbock. His transition to rock continued when
he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local rock show organized
by Eddie Crandall, who was also the manager for Marty Robbins. As
a result of this performance, on February 8, 1956, Decca Records signed
him to a contract, on which his last name was misspelled as "Holly".
That spelling was then adopted for his professional career. He formed
his own band, though at that time it had no name, it would later be
called the Crickets. He released 3 singles "That'll Be The Day",
in an octive higher than the one we know, "Blue Days, Black Nights"
and "Modern Don Juan", of which all failed to make an impression.
Decca did not renew his contract. Buddy signed on as a solo artist
with another Decca subsidiary, Coral Records. This put him in the
unusual position of having two record contracts at the same time.
On May 27, "That'll Be The Day" was released as a single,
credited to the Crickets to bypass Decca's legal rights. Buddy Holly
with the Crickets went on to have a string of hits including "Peggy
Sue" "Everyday", "Rave On", "Not Fade
Away", "Oh Boy", "Heartbeat", "It Doesn't
Matter Anymore", "Raining In My Heart", "True
Loves Ways", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Bo Diddley"
and others. When The Crickets split up in late 1958. Buddy and his
new wife Maria settled in Greenwich Village, New York, in the new
Brevoort apartment block at 9th Street and Fifth Avenue. It was in
New York that he recorded the series of acoustic songs, including
"Crying, Waiting, Hoping" and "What to Do", known
as the "Apartment Tapes", which were released after his
death. Buddy was offered the Winter Dance Party by the GAC agency,
a three-week tour across the Midwest covering 24 cities opening on
January 23, 1959, with other notable performers such as Dion and the
Belmonts, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
He took the tour while waiting for monies owed him from his ex-manager
Norman Petty. So Buddy assembled a backing band consisting of Tommy
Allsup (guitar), Waylon Jennings (bass) and Carl Bunch (drums) and
billed was as The Crickets. Tragically Buddy died in a plane crash
shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane a single-engined
Beechcraft Bonanza was hired after his tour bus developed heating
problems while travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show
on their Winter Dance Party Tour. Buddy was a pioneer of rock and
roll, his works and innovations inspired and influenced both his contemporaries
and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling
Stones, and Bob Dylan, and exerted a profound influence on popular
music. Bruce Springsteen said in an interview with Rolling Stone Mag
"I play Buddy Holly every night before I go on; that keeps me
honest." Buddy was in the first group of inductees to the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Holly
No.13 among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time".
~ October 28th
Saxophone player, band leader, songwriter, producer,
studio owner and all-around St. Louis music legend, Oliver
Sain, sadly died at the age of 71 from a bone cancer that had followed
on from a previous bladder cancer he developed in 1995.
Sain was born in Dundee, Mississippi, into a musical family with his
pianist stepfather Willie Love, and his grandfather was guitarist
Dan Sane. Oliver developed his skills as a saxophone player, as a
boy, making his own horns - bugles and trumpets. Oliver's influences
were mainly Charlie Parker and Louis Jordan. He also played drums
and piano and like many musicians he cut his teeth playing around
his home town with other teenage musicians and listening to the greats.
In 1950 he was drafted into the Army serving one year of the two in
Korea.. Soon after he was playing drums with artists such as Sonny
Boy Williamson, and Howlin' Wolf, and he also played with Elmore James
and Little Milton where he was front man in the horn section; it was
in in these early days he met up with Ike Turner too. Oliver moved
to St. Louis in 1959. His first recording was with Little Milton;
a song he wrote himself "Same old blues", in the old Technisonic
studio on the Bobbin label, then moved on to writing songs and recording
for other artists on the Bobbin record label, Albert King, Fontella
Bass, Howling Wolf, Barbara Carr, Bobby McClure. In 1966 he set up
his own recording studio called the Archway Studio on Natural Bridge
Boulevard in St. Louis. He started recording lots of Blues & Gospel,
and the likes Ike and Tina, Cleophus Robinson, the O'Neal twins, Zella
Jackson Price, David Dee and course his own hits. Over the years nearly
every musical style has been recorded there, from Phil Perry's smooth
vocal group The Montclairs, to avant-gardist Julius Hemphill's Coon
Bid-ness and from to Loretta Lynn to Puff Diddy! During the 1970's
Oliver became popular on the dancefloor with hits such as 'Bus Stop',
'Booty Bumpin', 'Party Hearty' and 'Feel Like Dancing'. He struck
a chord with fusion fans with his 1981 album entitled 'So Good (In
The Morning)', an album that contained the popular melody 'Cruisin
On Sunset'. In 1995, he had a cameo role in the crime thriller "Cover
Story". Apart from his busy studio life, Oliver toured extensively
throughout his life with his band around the States and Europe. He
performed, live, right up until his passing; 1994 he was diagnosed
with cancer of the bladder, but the illness did little to slow him
down and he remained an institution of the St. Louis live music circuit,
playing each Thursday evening at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups until
his death. In the months prior to his death he was working on a new
album, of all his writings - still unreleased. One of his big wishes
was for St. Louis to promoter their music. QUOTE: "Not enough
Dixieland! And this is a river town! They (city leaders) should have
street musicians everywhere, but instead they sell everything but
music! I think the future of St. Louis blues music looks good, but
we need to get younger talent involved, although I see a lot of younger
musicians are latchin' on and learnin' to play the blues. The blues
in St. Louis are strong; people want to hear this music, but we need
to promote the great talent in this city more. The city fathers don't
value blues like they do in Memphis and New Orleans. Those cities
sell their music as part of their product and St. Louis needs to do
the same. But here it's not like that. They don't care! they're strictly
politicians". Oliver Sain exerted an influence on the evolution
of St. Louis soul and R&B that is rivaled only by that of his
close friend and infrequent collaborator Ike Turner.
30th 1942 ~ May 31st 2004
Daring, groundbreaking punk guitarist Robert Quine, was sadly found
dead in his New york apartment.
The 61 year old musician died of a heroin overdose Memorial Day weekend.
He had been suffering severe depression after the recent death of
his wife and did not want life without her.
Robert Quine was born in Akron, OH, he started learning the piano,
his early influences included James Burton, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy
Holly. In 1958, he got a guitar and by the time he enrolled at Earlham
College in Richmond, IN, he was playing Link Wray and Ventures covers
with a local band. Soon Robert turned to the blues of John Lee Hooker
and Lightnin' Hopkins and jazz players like John Coltrane, Miles Davis
before getting into the rougher R&B sounds of the Rolling Stones.
a college student, he hosted a radio programme where he concentrated
on blues and later jazz music.
Robert first saw the Velvet Underground
while he was studying law at Washington University in St. Louis, MO,
in 1969 and became an immediate fan. . He moved to San Francisco in
late '69 and struck up a friendship with the Velvets. Robert did not
like the Californian music scene and in 1971 he moved to New York
where he met up with Richard Hell. When Richard Hell formed a new
band, Robert joined him and Richard Hell & the Voidoids was born.
The band became one of the most popular and acclaimed bands on New
York's budding punk rock scene,
they recieved rave reviews and critics
soon singled out Robert's gritty but stylish lead guitar for special
praise. In 1982 Robert joined the Lou Reed band and features on The
Blue Mask album. Lou and Robert worked on and off on a few projects
over the years between the two strong character clashes. In 1985 he
become a much in demand, some say choosey, studio musician, prefering
to play in the shadows with the musicians he wanted to work with and
liked to record with, rather than touring. Although sadly (and wrongly)
this made Robert an overlooked guitar player in the media. He went
on to record with the likes of Tom Waits; Scritti Politti; Wiseblood;
John Zorn; Brian
Eno; Marianne Faithfull; Matthew
Sweet; Lloyd Cole; Matthew Sweet; Dim Stars; Suzanne Rhatigan; Hal
Willner; The Odds; Sion; They Might Be Giants; Mike Mainieri; Mikel
Erentxun; Material; Corin Curschellas; Reiss; Material; Kazuyoshi
Saito; The Odds; Wayne Kramer; Andre Williams; The Velvet Underground;
Lloyd Cole; Richard Hell; Michael DuClos; Tom Clark and the High Action
Boys; Lys Guillorn; Linda Lunch; Fred Maher and many others. Sadly
Robert's wife, Alice, died unexpectedly in August 2003 and he fell
into a deep depression. Robert could not live without his beloved
Alice and was tragically found dead in his apartment 5 days after
his second suicide attempt. Rock critic and friend Lester Bangs once
said of him: "Someday Quine will be recognized for the pivotal
figure that he is on his instrument he is the first guitarist
to take the breakthroughs of early Lou Reed and James Williamson and
work through them to a new, individual vocabulary, driven into odd
places by obsessive attention to On the Corner-era Miles Davis."
1927 ~ March 5th 1993
James Garrett was the music director and road
bassist with the Supremes who helped them develop from a narrow rock
style into the top female group in popular music history.
Mr. Garrett, 66, died of complications of diabetes in Teaneck, N.J.
He is survived by his wife, a son James of Ontario, Calif.; daughters,
Shirley Jackson and Anita of Cleveland and Grace of Dover, Del.; two
sisters; three brothers; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
PHOTO OF THIS
SADLY FORGOTTEN ~ MOTOWN MUSICIAN
was born in Cleveland and spent part of his childhood in Detroit and
Chicago. He played in the band at old Central High School and studied
at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also attended military music
school and played with a Navy band in Washington, D.C., during World
War II. After the war Jimmy played with blues man Robert Lockwood
Jr. and studied with many top jazz bass players, including the legendary
Oscar Pettiford. During the 1950s, he played in leading Cleveland
jazz clubs including the Tia Juana, Town Casino and Cedar Gardens.
He accompanied and traveled with top musicians, including Charlie
(Yardbird) Parker, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday.
He played with Ray Charles at a bar near Mr. Garrett's home at E.
69th St. and Cedar Ave. While in New York City in 1961 his future
wife, Ella, hired him to back her while she sang at the famed Small's
Paradise in Harlem. "He also played with Count Basie every Sunday
and whatever bass players were in town came just to watch him work,"
Ella Garrett said. Jimmy Garrett joined Motown records in Detroit
in 1962 and played with such greats as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,
the Temptations, George Benson, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson.
He was named music director of the Supremes while on tour with them
in England. "Earlier directors had lacked his training and did
not provide the versatile arrangements that Mr. Garrett did",
his wife said. He also set trends in stage appearance when he arrived
at Motown, she said. "He had a beard, but (Motown founder) Berry
Gordy told him he had to shave. He said he would quit first. Pretty
soon, everybody had beards, even Mr. Gordy," Ella Garrett recalled.
In 1972, when Motown sadly moved to LA, Jimmy played on the "Today
and Tonight" television shows, in Broadway musicals and with
the Cab Calloway band. He toured the world and worked in Japan for
more than a year. He performed during the 1988 Olympics in Seoul,
South Korea. James 'Jimmy' Garrett received many awards for his musicianship
as well as citations for the four times his groups played for the
royal family in England. He had appeared in groups on the Ed Sullivan
Show seven times. ~
April 23rd 1936 ~ December 6th 1988
The legendary singer songwriter, guitarist,
Roy Orbison, The Big O, the most unique voice in the history of rock
n roll, sadly died of a fatal heart attack whilst visiting his mother
in Nashville, He was 52.
Roy Kelton Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas,
to Nadine and Orbie Lee. The music loving family moved to Fort Worth
in 1943 to find work, 3 years later they moved to the small oil town
of Wink. Roy had been given a guitar on his 6th birthday, his father
and uncle helped teach him to play it. He wrote his first song "A
Vow of Love" in 1944 while staying at his grandmothers. In 1945
he entered and won a contest on KVWC in Vernon and this led to his
own radio show singing the same songs every Saturday. By the time
Roy was 13 he had formed his own band "The Wink Westerners".
The band appeared weekly on KERB radio in Kermit, Texas. Roy graduated
from Wink High School in 1954. He attended North Texas State College
in Denton, Texas for a year, and enrolled at Odessa Junior College
in 1955 to study history and English. Roy also married Claudette in
1955, for who he wrote the song "Claudette". (a hit for
The Everley Brothers) The band, now renamed "The Teen Kings"
appeared weekly on local TV, where they met Johnny Cash, who put them
in touch with his record producer, Sam Phillips, of Sun Records. Roy
achieved his first commercial success with Sam Phillips in June 1956
with "Ooby Dooby", a song written by friends of Orbison
from college. But Sun Records were more hillbilly than Roy, so staying
with his love, music, he took a job at Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville
as a songwriter, and given a contract by RCA. In 1959 Bob Moore, who
was a partner in Monument Records, played bass on Roy Orbison's final
RCA recording session. During the session, Roy told Bob Moore he was
being dropped by RCA. Bob told Roy not to worry about it and spoke
his personal manager Wesley Rose and soon thereafter Roy signed with
Monument records. Throughout his stay at Monument Records, his backup
band was a group of outstanding studio musicians led by Bob Moore.
Under Fred Fosters guidance Roy developed his own sound, his voice
so distinctive & unique with a four-octave vocal range, never
heard before or since in rock n roll. The early 60's see's Roy an
international star, with chart topping tracks such as "Only The
Lonely", "Running Scared", "Oh, Pretty Woman",
"In Dreams", "Love Hurts", "Dream Baby",
"Blue Angel", "Great Pretender", "Blue Bayou"
"In Dreams", "Crying" and tours with the Beatles
as his warm up band in 1963, The Beach Boys in 1964, and with The
Rolling Stones in 1965, having a huge influence on all these bands.
In 1963 he struck up a life long friendship with the Beatles, and
it was Roy who encouraged them to tour America. Tragidy struck in
1966, he lost Claudette in a motorcycle accident, and two years later
he lost 2 of his 3 sons in a house fire. He met his second wife, Barbara,
in August 1968, in Leeds, England, and they were married in Nashville
on May 25, 1969. Roy signed with MGM Records in 1966, starring in
MGM Studios' western-musical motion picture The Fastest Guitar Alive.
Throughout the 60's and early 70's Roy remained on the top, with many
world wide hits. His 1972 rendition of "Danny Boy" is considered
one of the best recordings ever made of this ever popular ballad.
Roy continued to have a very strong fan base in Europe, but not so
much in his native USA until the 80's. Late 70's sees him in poor
health, Roy had triple heart bypass surgery on January 18, 1978. In
1980, he teamed up with Emmylou Harris to win the 1981 Grammy Award
for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with "That Lovin'
You Feelin' Again". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1987, the induction speech made by Bruce Springsteen. His
pioneering contribution was also recognized by the Rockabilly Hall
of Fame. He re-recorded his 1961 hit song, "Crying," as
a duet with k.d. lang in 1987 for the soundtrack of the motion picture,
"Hiding Out". The song would earn the Grammy Award for Best
Country Collaboration with Vocals. In the late 80's, Roy, Bob Dylan,
George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty got together and formed
the great band the Traveling Wilburys, His last appearance, a few
days before his death, was at an awards ceremony in Antwerp, where
Roy gave his only public rendition of the hit "You Got It".
Many artists and bands have covered Roys songs, including Van
Halen, Linda Ronstadt, Al Green, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash,
Led Zeppelin, Count Basie, Dwight Yoakam, Buddy Holly, John Mellencamp,
Kitty Wells, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings and Glen Campbell.
QUOTES: producer Don Was, commenting on Orbison's writing skills,
said: "He defied the rules of modern composition"; Songwriter
Bernie Taupin referred to him "Far ahead of the times, creating
lyrics and music in a manner that broke with all traditions";
Will Jennings called him a "poet, a songwriter, a vision";
Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees referred to him as the "Voice of God";
and the great Elvis Presley proclaimed him "the greatest singer
in the world".
February 24th 1943 ~ November 29th 2001
The great Beatle star,
singer, songwriter, producer, actor, guitarist George Harrison sadly
died at an undisclosed locacation in the hills surrounding Hollywood.
George had been battling lung cancer which had spread to his brain.
He was 58 & survived
by his wife, Olivia Trinidad Arias & son, Dhani Harrison.
George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, where he attended
Dovedale Infants School, near Penny Lane, then attended Liverpool
Institute for Boys (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
At school he was a loner and not the brightest student. It was here
where he met Paul McCartney. By February of 1958 was playing lead
guitar in the band called The Quarry Men that eventually became The
Beatles. His early influences included Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins and
Chet Atkins. After leaving school in 1959, he took a job as an apprentice
electrician at Blacklers Stores in Liverpool. As a lead guitarist
in the Beatles, George's guitar solos very retricted and controlled
by Paul McCartney, at times note for note. If Paul wasn't doing this
George Martin was, George never really had the freedom to be himself.
He wrote his first song, "Don't Bother Me", in 1963, which
appeared on the second Beatles album ('63s With the Beatles), on Meet
the Beatles! in the US in early 1964, and also in A Hard Day's Night.
After that, The Beatles did not record another Harrison song until
1965, when he contributed "I Need You" and "You Like
Me Too Much" to the album Help!. George was the lead vocal on
all the songs he wrote by himself. He also was the lead vocal on other
songs, "Chains", "Do You Want to Know a Secret",
Please Please Me, "Roll Over Beethoven", "Devil in
Her Heart", With the Beatles, "I'm Happy Just to Dance With
You" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby". In 1965,
while on tour in the US, David Crosby of The Byrds introduced George
to Indian classical music. He was particually interested in the sitar,
a Hindustani classical stringed instrument and the work of Ravi Shankar,
with whom George later took lessons with on his own sitar. George
used it in many songs, including "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has
Flown)" and "Within You Without You". It
was while The Beatles were in the Bahamas filming "Help!",
each of them were presented with a book on riencarnation by a Hindu
devotee. This expanded Georges interest in Indian culture. George
and his then wife Pattie, spent several months in India, meeting various
gurus and studying the sitar in more depth. On his return to UK, George
and the other Beatles met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced them
all to Transcendental Meditation. In 1969, George produced the single
"Hare Krishna Mantra", performed by himself with the devotees
of the London Radha Krishna Temple, it was in the top 10 throughout
the UK, Europe, and Asia. George
embraced the Hare Krishna tradition, and remained associated with
it until his death. By the late 60's Paul was dissatisfied with Georges
guitar playing & bad friction had built up between them. But Lennon
thought his song writing had become as good as Lennon and McCartneys.
In 1969 George co-wrote "Badge" with Eric Clapton. Notable
Harrison compositions from The Beatles' collection include "If
I Needed Someone"; "I Want to Tell You", "Love
You To", "Taxman" , "Within You Without You",
"Blue Jay Way", "Only A Northern Song", "While
My Guitar Gently Weeps", which was strongly influenced by the
music of his friend Roy Orbison and featured lead guitar by Eric Clapton.
"Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" (both from
the album Abbey Road), are probably his two best-known Beatles songs.
"Something" is considered one of his very best works, and
was even covered by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, who famously
deemed it "the greatest love song of the last 50 years".
The Beatles finally split in 1970, George launched his solo career
with the top selling "All Things Must Pass", the first triple
album by a single artist in rock history. George was the first modern
musician to organize a major charity concert. His Concert for Bangladesh
on August 1, 1971, drew over 40,000 people to two shows in New York's
Madison Square Garden with the intention of aiding the starving refugees
from the war in Bangladesh. George brought 6 more albums out in the
70s, which produced 15 singles hits. He also worked with and wrote
for Leon Russell, Badfinger, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Cheech &
Chong and fellow Beatle Ringo Starr. The 80's sees George writing
an autobiography, "I Me Mine" the only ex-Beatle to do so.
After the murder of John Lennon, he modified the lyrics of a song
he had written for Ringo Starr to make it a tribute song to Lennon,
"All Those Years Ago". George was instrumental in forming
the Traveling Wilburys with Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, and
Tom Petty. They brought 2 albums out. Also the 80's sees him financially
backing the Python film 'The Life of Brian' after EMI Films withdrew.
He made several cameo appearances in movies, including appearing as
a nightclub singer in Shanghai Surprise, and as Mr. Papadopolous in
Life of Brian. One of his most memorable cameos was as a reporter
in the cult Beatles parody The Rutles, created by ex-Python Eric Idle.
He also made 3 more albums in the 80's and appeared on 9 hit singles.
He toured Japan with Eric Clapton in 1991, this was Georges final
tour.Throughout the 90's George battled with cancer, having tumors
removed from his throat and lung. Then on 30 December 1999, a crazed
fan, Michael Abram, broke into the Harrison's home in Henley-on-Thames,
stabbed George multiple times, ultimately puncturing his lung. George
and his wife, Olivia, fought the intruder and detained him for the
police. 35-year-old Abram, who believed he was possessed by Harrison
and was on a "mission from God" to kill him, was later acquitted
on grounds of insanity. In 2001, George appeared as a guest musician
on the Electric Light Orchestra album, Zoom, and wrote a new song,
Horse To The Water, and recorded it with Jools Holland on what was
his final recording, a few weeks before his death, on Jules's album,
Small World, Big Band. "Brainwashed" was the final studio
album by George Harrison and was released in 2002, a year after his
death. In 2004, Brainwashed's "Marwa Blues" won the Best
Pop Instrumental Performance Grammy
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