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completely random facts about george harrison of the beatles [Jul. 21st, 2006|05:09 pm]
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"Harrison was probably 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. Ravi Shankar opened the proceedings, which included other popular musicians such as Bob Dylan (who rarely appeared live in the early 1970s), Eric Clapton who made his first public appearance in months (due to a heroin addiction, begun as Derek and the Dominos broke up), Leon Russell, Badfinger, Billy Preston and fellow Beatle Ringo Starr. Unfortunately, tax troubles and questionable expenses tied up many of the concert's proceeds...Apple Corps recently released a newly arranged concert DVD and CD on 25 October 2005, in the USA, and 24 October in the rest of the world. The DVD and CD contains additional material (such as previously unreleased rehearsal footage of "If Not For You" featuring Harrison and Dylan), and all artists' sales royalties continue to go to UNICEF.

....There was an attempt on Harrison's life...on 30 December 1999, a crazed fan, Michael Abram, broke into the Harrison's Friar Park home in Henley-on-Thames, stabbed George multiple times, ultimately puncturing his lung. Harrison 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.

Harrison married model Pattie Boyd on 21 January, 1966 at Leatherhead and Esher registry office, and is reputed to have written the song "Something" for her in 1969, although he himself denied this, saying he was actually thinking about a song for Ray Charles. In the late 1960s, Eric Clapton fell in love with Boyd, and famously poured out his unrequited passion on the landmark Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970). Some time after its release Boyd left her husband, and she and Clapton subsequently married. Despite this, the two men remained close friends, calling themselves 'husbands in law.'

Harrison married for a second time to Olivia Trinidad Arias (born 18 May 1948) in 1978. The ceremony took place on September 2 at their home, with guitarist and singer Joe Brown acting as best man. They had one son, Dhani Harrison, born the previous month. Dhani looks so remarkably like his father, that McCartney quipped on stage at Concert for George: 'Olivia told me that it looks like George stayed young and we all got old.' "

source:wikipedia.com

(they got married exactly ten years before i was born! hahah =/ )
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From: cunae
2006-07-22 07:09 am (UTC)
Yay for charity concerts!

"Husbands-in-law," haha.

Thanks for the post. :)
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[User Picture]From: lucieandco
2006-07-22 06:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, nice to see this community's still alive. Dhani Harrison does look quite a bit like George. A terribly handsome young man he is.
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