George Harrison is an English rock musician best known as one of the Beatles, one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century.
George Harrison was born February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England to Harold Harrison and Louise French. George's father was a bus driver and his mother was a housewife. From George's birth until age 6, the Harrisons lived at 12 Arnold Grove in Wavertree, Liverpool, England. They then moved to 25 Upton Green in Speke. Being the youngest child, he often received much attention. His elder siblings were Louise, Harry, and Peter.
George was accepted into the Liverpool Institute, where he was a mediocre student who disliked his teachers. His mother bought him a guitar from another student, as well as found him a tutor. She encouraged him to learn, going so far as to stay up all night with him and his bleeding fingers. He formed a group, called the Rebels, in 1959 with his brother Peter. Eventually, he met the Quarrymen, Paul McCartney's band, and filled in as guitarist for them from time to time. He was much younger than the rest of the boys, but ended up becoming a full member anyway. The band changed names and line ups a few times before they eventually became the Beatles.
George became fascinated with Indian spirituality and music, becoming friends with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, who also taught him how to play sitar. George became the first Western musician to include sitar on an album.
Following the band's breakup, George struck out on his own solo career. He used a stockpile of songs from his Beatles years to start the career, which included My Sweet Lord and Isn't It Pity. He also organized the first charity rock concert for his "Concert for the Bangladesh".
George later collaborated with other rock musicians in a band called the Traveling Wilburys. He later joined back up with the surviving Beatles for their Anthology project between 1994 and 1996.
George passed away November 29th, 2001 in Los Angeles after his battle with cancer was lost. He was cremated. George was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of the Beatles, and later for his solo career.
George's paternal haplogroup is R1b1b2a1a (R-U106).
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