Timeline: George Harrison

February 25, 1943- Born in Liverpool, England.

1950s- Passes his 11-plus and wins a place at the Liverpool Institute, one of the city’s leading grammar schools where he meets Paul McCartney, who lived nearby.

1956- Harrison acquires his first guitar, which he masters by mimicking the recorded styles of Buddy Holly and Lonnie Donegan.

1958- McCartney invites Harrison to join his skiffle group (The Quarrymen), and after some resistance from John Lennon, he joins the band after impressing the others with his guitar playing.

1959- Leaves the Liverpool Institute with only one exam pass, in art, because he was so into his music.

December, 1960- George is forced to leave Germany for working underage without a permit.

January, 1961- The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club.

1962- The Beatles had signed their recording contract with EMI. Harrison writes such songs as I Need You, Taxman, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Here Comes the Sun.

August 3, 1963- The Beatles play their farewell show at the Cavern Club, having logged almost three hundred performances there.

February 7, 1964- The Beatles begin their first US tour.

February 9 and 16, 1964- The Beatles headline twice on the “Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS, for a $3,500 performance.

March, 1964- Shooting begins on the Beatles’ first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night, as “Can’t Buy Me Love” tops the charts both in Britain and America.

1965- George Harrison becomes interested in the sitar in India while filming Help! Meets and becomes a pupil of Ravi Shankar, the celebrated Indian sitar player and composer.

Spring 1965- John, Cynthia, George Harrison, and Pattie Boyd inadvertently take their first LSD trip when a dentist-friend of Harrison’s spikes their coffee.

July 29, 1965- Help! Has its world premiere in London’s West End. Reviews hail the Beatles as “modern Marx Brothers.”

August 1965- The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at his home in Bel Air. Not knowing their individual names, Elvis refers to each as “Beatle.”

January, 1966- George and Pattie Boyd get married.

September, 1967- George leads The Beatles to visit the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India, and there develops his lifelong passion for Indian music and mysticism.

1968- While still with the Beatles, George Harrison releases the Eastern-flavored Wonderwall Music, a film soundtrack and the first release on the Beatles’ Apple label.

January, 1969- George and Paul argue during the filming of the movie Let It Be. George storms out of Abbey Road Studios, but is later coaxed back by Paul.

January 30, 1969- George performs with The Beatles for the last time on the rooftop of Abbey Road studios.

May 9, 1969- George Harrison’s Electronic Sound, an avant-garde synthesizer album, appears on the Beatles’ short-lived Zapple imprint.

November 29, 1969- “Something,” by the Beatles, becomes George Harrison’s first (and only) composition for the band to reach the top of the charts.

April 10, 1970- The Beatles break up for good. For George, this is a liberation day.

1970- George Harrison’s three-album masterwork, All Things Must Pass, is released. It will top the charts for seven weeks, selling 3m copies worldwide.

1970- “My Sweet Lord,” by George Harrison, tops the charts for the first of four weeks. The first single by an ex-Beatle to reach #1, it will sell 5 million copies.

August, 1971- The Concert for Bangladesh, an all-star benefit for flood and famine relief organized by George Harrison, is held at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a number of rock stars, including Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Badfinger, and Ravi Shankar were present. A triple-album box set is released in December and a concert film appears in March.

1972- Louise, George’s mother dies.

1973- “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),” from George Harrison’s Living in the Material, tops the charts.

1974- Tours the US with Ravi Shankar, but is poorly received by critics and fans alike. Throughout the 1970s his interest grew in horticulture, rare books, writing, and car racing.

1974- George Harrison announces the formation of his own record label, Dark Horse. Its roster will include Harrison and other artists he signs.

1974- George Harrison, the first ex-Beatle to tour, kicks off his two-month Dark Horse tour in Vancouver, BC.

1975- Extra Texture (Read All About It), by George Harrison, is released. It will be his last album for Apple, freeing him to release subsequent works on his own Dark Horse label.

1976- George Harrison and Paul Simon are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, duetting on Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

1976- The Best of George Harrison enters the charts. One side consists of Harrison’s most popular Beatles songs, while the other collects solo hits.

1976- George Harrison releases Thirty-three & 1/3, which includes “This Song” and “Crackerbox Palace.”

January, 1977- After five years of discord, George and Pattie are divorced. She then marries Eric Clapton who had long had a “crush” on her.

June, 1977- George meets Olivia Arrias, and the two begin living together.

1978- George Harrison co-founds HandMade Films, which is credited with revitalizing the British film industry. Its first production, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is released a year later

August 1, 1978- George and Olivia are the proud parents of a son whom they name Dhani.

August 8, 1978- George Harrison marries Olivia Arias in England.

1978- Harold, George’s father, dies of cancer.

1979- The self-titled George Harrison enters the charts and yields a hit single, “Blow Away.”

1979- I Me Mine, George Harrison’s book of song lyrics and autobiographical reminiscences, is published in a pricey limited edition.

1979- Harrison focuses on a new career as a film producer, and forms the company Handmade Films with Dennis O’Brien. The first success was Monty Python’s The Life of Brian.

1980- Lennon’s death inspires Harrison to write the tribute song All Those Years Ago which he records with Paul and Ringo.

1980s- Handmade create the acclaimed movies The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, A Private Function, Mona Lisa, and Withnail and I.

1980- George’s book, I, Me, Mine is published.

1981- “All These Years Ago,” George Harrison’s tribute to the late John Lennon, enters the Top Forty. It will peak at #2 and stay there for three weeks.

1986- Handmade’s Madonna vehicle Shanghai Surprise flops and heralds a downturn in the company’s fortunes – it is wound up in acrimonious circumstances with Harrison winning a $11m lawsuit against his former business partner.

1987- George Harrison releases Cloud Nine, his first album in five years and his first platinum album since All Things Must Pass.

1988- George joins a new band, “The Travelling Wilburys,” and their debut album is released to much critical acclaim.

1990- The Traveling Wilburys’ second album, Vol. 3, is released.

1991- Performs in Tokyo, finishing a 13-date Japanese tour that marks his first concerts since 1974.

1992- Releases Live in Japan, a double-disc documentary of his Japanese tour from the previous year.

1992- Harrison is given Billboard magazine’s first century award at the trade journal’s third annual Billboard Music Awards.

1999- He is stabbed by a deranged intruder at his Friar Park estate. The knife narrowly misses his heart, and he is hospitalized with a punctured lung.

2001- George Harrison succumbs to brain cancer in Los Angeles.

2002- Final album, Brainwashed, is posthumously released. It is his first album of new material since 1987’s Cloud Nine.

2002- The Concert for George, a tribute organized by Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton, is held at Royal Albert Hall on the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death.

2004- George Harrison is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the nineteenth annual induction dinner. Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are his presenters.

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