Stuck Inside A Cloud

By: sonofabeach96

Nov 30 2015

Category: Uncategorized

20 Comments

This is a little late, I know, but I had a family thing today and I’m just now getting to this.  But hey, better late than never, right?

Anyway, on this date, November 29, in 2001, George Harrison passed away after losing his battle with cancer, suffering from throat, brain, and eventually lung cancer.  He died at a friends home in Los Angeles at the age of 58.

He was obviously known as the guitarist for The Beatles, but also was a talented songwriter, singer, music and film producer, and had several hits as a solo artist.  Lennon and McCartney are usually who comes to mind first when thinking of The Beatles, but Harrison wrote and composed at least 2 songs on each Beatle album released after 1965.  Songs such as “Taxman”, “Within You Without You”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes The Sun”, and “Something” we’re all written by him.

He was the first Beatles member to release a solo record while still a member of the band, he was the first to go on a solo tour after the break-up of The Fab Four, and his first solo album as a former member of the band contained a no. 1 hit in “My Sweet Lord” and another top-10 hit in “What Is Life”. Harrison was eventually sued for copyright infringement, in 1976, for the song “My Sweet Lord” because of its similarities to the 1963 Chiffons hit “He’s So Fine”.  Harrison denied deliberately plagiarizing the song but lost the case as the judge deemed that he did so “subconsciously”.

His career was highly acclaimed and he received several awards throughout his life and posthumously. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles in 1988, as a solo artist (posthumously) in 2004, was included into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame in 2006 (posthumously) for his efforts in organizing the Concert for Bangladesh, was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009 (posthumously), and was awarded the Recording Academy’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumously) in 2015.  Rolling Stone ranked him 11th in its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time.

Harrison was prolific in his work and had a hand in creating his own music, collaborating with others, and producing others still.  He released 11 solo albums, and a 12th, Brainwashed, was released posthumously.  He collaborated or sat in with some of the biggest names in music, from Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton to Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.  He also co-founded The Traveling Wilbury’s with Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne.

He also had a keen interest in Indian culture and music which led to the introduction of classical Indian music into late Beatles work as well as into his solo recordings.  He became steeped in Hinduism, practiced yoga religiously, and worked closely with Indian musician Ravi Shankar to coordinate the Concert for Bangladesh, a two-show event held in 1971 at Madison Square Garden to raise awareness of refugees from the Bangladesh Liberation War.  It wasn’t exactly a financial boon according to this quote from Harrison, but raised enough awareness to make a major difference: “Mainly the concert was to attract attention to the situation.  The money we raised was secondary, and although we had some money problems, they still got plenty, even though it was a drop in the ocean.  The main thing was, we spread the word and helped get the war ended.”  In 1971 a triple-album of the concert was released and a concert film was released in 1972.  This charitable effort of music and musicians is widely seen as a precursor to more recent events such as Live Aid and Farm Aid as well as those concerts held for disaster relief throughout the world.  Upon his death, his ashes were spread in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in a private ceremony with family according to Hindu tradition.

So, in honor of this all-time great, one of musics iconic figures, even though he took a back seat to Lennon and McCartney at times, and true humanitarian, my songs of the day are:

“My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles

“Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison

“End of The Line” by The Traveling Wilbury’s

“Stuck Inside A Cloud” by George Harrison

“Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

 

 

 

 

20 comments on “Stuck Inside A Cloud”

  1. My favorite Beatle. 11/29 has been a sad day for me for 14 years, until now, as my beautiful niece was born today, just a few hours ago – on 11/29 😀
    I’ll be force-feeding the new baby a steady diet of The Quiet One’s music and message, no doubt.

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    • That’s awesome! Congrats on the new addition to your family! Not a bad person to have as an influence for her. He was great, to be sure. Overlooked at times in the long shadows cast by Lennon and McCartney, but just as talented.

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  2. Wow, we listen to people throughout our lives, only speaking for myself, never realizing what people have done, which in turn made an impression in how our lives are lived!

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  3. Got My Mind Set on You is probably my favourite Harrison song, and Here Comes the Sun my favourite Harrison Beatles one. Can remember hearing about his death and just how sad I was.

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