->''"Give me love, give me peace on earth,''\\
''Give me light, give me life, keep me free from [[ReIncarnation birth]],''\\
''Give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load,''\\
''trying to touch and reach you with heart and soul"''
George Harrison (February 25, 1943 – November 29, 2001) was the lead guitarist for Music/TheBeatles, and a musical legend on his own right.
For instance, not only was he great with the guitar, but he also introduced the band to new instruments like the sitar that gave the band whole new sounds to use. He endeavoured to write his own songs, but he found that his efforts weren't being taken seriously by John and Paul and he was relegated to one or two tracks on each album. However, he persisted and by the time of the band's final produced album, ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', he firmly proved that he was their equal with the classic songs, "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." Still, he finally got to fully stretch his wings post-breakup with his solo album, ''All Things Must Pass'', the biggest selling ex-Beatle solo album to date. In addition to his artistic rise, he also used music to do direct social good, most famous for creating the first rock benefit concert, ''Concert for Bangladesh'', to help that poverty stricken country recover from a devastating typhoon in the early 1970s.
In addition, he became a film producer by founding Creator/HandmadeFilms to produce ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' when it suddenly lost its backer. The company continued on after he left it in the late 1980s.
A documentary directed by MartinScorsese, ''George Harrison: Living in the Material World'', was released in October 2011.
* ''Wonderwall Music'' - 1968
* ''Electronic Music'' - 1969
* ''All Things Must Pass''[[note]]First post-Beatles solo album[[/note]] - 1970
* ''Living in the Material World'' - 1973
* ''Dark Horse'' -1974
* ''Extra Texture (Read All About It)'' - 1975
* ''Thirty Three & 1/3'' - 1976
* ''George Harrison'' - 1979
* ''Somewhere in England'' - 1981
* ''Gone Troppo'' - 1982
* ''Cloud Nine'' - 1987
* ''Brainwashed'' - 2002
!!GeorgeHarrison provides examples of:
* AuthorExistenceFailure: ''Brainwashed''.
* BadassBeard: A short one around the time of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''; another between 1969-72.
* BadassPacifist: How many other vegetarian hippie musicians are memorialized in a ''Liberation War Museum'', as Harrison is in Bangladesh?
* BerserkButton: He really, really, really, ''really'' seemed to hate "Maxwell's Silver Hammer."
* CoverVersion: Although his version of "Got My Mind Set on You" is considered the definitive version, it was originally written by Rudy Clark as a James Ray song. Additionally, George covered BobDylan's "If Not for You" on ''All Things Must Pass''.
* ChickMagnet: [[WaxingLyrical Everybody was trying to be his baby]].
* CreatorBreakdown: The record ''Dark Horse'', recorded not long after his wife Patti Boyd left him for his best friend Music/EricClapton.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: While not as beatified in popular culture as John, George's own contributions to rock music, charity, religion and film have certainly have been more appreciated after his death.
* DeadpanSnarker: Granted, this was more or less a requirement to be a Beatle. George was perhaps the most deadpan of them, however.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''All Things Must Pass'' was a distinct ''triple'' album. The first two records were filled with songs (including the title track) that George had originally offered to the Beatles but didn't get recorded because Lennon and [=McCartney=] were unwilling to let him have more than his two-songs-per-record quota. The third record is mostly jam-session recordings.
* ExecutiveMeddling: His album ''Somewhere In England'' was delayed because the higher ups wanted another cover and some songs removed, so Harrison had to write new songs to fill the void. However, he made both a LampshadeHanging and a TakeThat against them in the song "''Blood from a Clone''".
** George was pressured by EMI to rush to finish ''Dark Horse'' in time for its scheduled release date and accompanying tour[[note]]which was disastrous enough to dissuade him from ever touring again, except on one tour with Music/EricClapton and his band that ended up being recorded and released on ''Live in Japan'', George's sole solo live album[[/note]], despite being stricken with laryngitis at the time (as well as throughout the tour), leading to its extremely scratchy, gritty vocals and the [[FanNickname nickname "Dark Hoarse"]] from the critics.
* ForeignCultureFetish: His obsession with India.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Harrison was a vegetarian as well as being a well-known hippie.
* GallowsHumor: Harrison was making [[DeadpanSnarker snarky statements]] about his near-fatal stabbing about 24 hours after it happened. And according to his friend [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]], as the bloodied Harrison was being taken away by [=EMTs=] in the immediate aftermath of the attack, he happened to catch sight of a groundskeeper he had hired only a week earlier. Reportedly George deadpanned, "So, how do you like the job so far?"
* GarnishingTheStory: Harrison's guest appearance on ''RutlandWeekendTelevision'' as Bob the Pirate (including [[TalkLikeAPirate speaking the lingo]]), culminating in him performing a sea shanty instead of ''My Sweet Lord''.
* GenerationXerox[=/=]IdenticalSon: His son Dhani is an eerily dead ringer.
** So much so that at the "Concert for George," Harrison's wife Olivia quipped to Music/PaulMcCartney that with Dhani up onstage alongside Paul, Ringo, Music/EricClapton, Music/TomPetty, and George's other friends, "it looks like George stayed young and everyone else got old."
* GodIsLoveSong: Several.
* GriefSong: [[Music/JohnLennon "You said it all/Though not many had ears/All those years ago".]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Let's be honest, George Harrison and Music/EricClapton's relationship had to have been ''extremely'' close for it to survive Clapton stealing George's wife away.
** Heck, after they patched thing up they would refer to each other as husbands-in-law.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: At least publicly, he took this attitude toward Patti Boyd and Eric Clapton's marriage (and even attended their wedding, giving the bride away and calling himself "the husband in law").
* ItsBeenDone: The TropeNamer thanks to his [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E1HomersBarbershopQuartet guest appearance]] on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* LoveTriangle: Himself, his wife Patti Boyd, and Music/EricClapton. Eric won.
* NewYearHasCome: "Ding Dong, Ding Dong".
* ProperlyParanoid: After bandmate Music/JohnLennon's murder, George retreated to his home and installed a seemingly crazy number of security features. Reportedly his staff was known for hiding or throwing away hate mail/death threats because they knew how much it would freak him out. Unfortunately, in 1999, a crazed attacker did successfully break into his home and very nearly murdered George and his wife Olivia.
* ProtestSong: "Bangladesh." It may not sound like one today, but at the time, merely ''calling'' the country Bangladesh (instead of "East Pakistan") was a political statement that directly went against U.S. policy.
* ReclusiveArtist: George was never one for touring or performing concerts. There were two notable concerts, however, that he was involved in. One was ''The Concert for Bangladesh'', a charity [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin concert for the benefit of Bangladesh]] that he organized, and the other was a tour with Music/EricClapton and his band in 1992, out of which came the live album ''Live in Japan'' which ended up being George's last new album released during his life, with ''Brainwashed'' being posthumously released.
* RenaissanceMan: Specifically as musician, George could play 26 instruments: guitar, sitar, 4-string guitar, bass guitar, arp bass, violin, tamboura, dobro, swordmandel, tabla, organ, piano, moog synthesizer, harmonica, autoharp, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, claves, African drum, conga drum, tympani, ukulele, mandolin, marimba, and Jal-Tarang.
** That of course doesn't include his work, as a composer, actor and film producer.
*** He also took up car racing and gardening.
* SelfDeprecation: Like all Music/TheBeatles, he was a master of it. He famously described himself and Music/RingoStarr as "economy-class Beatles", and in the 1980s referred to himself easily as "a middle-aged ex-pop star." He also achieved a FunnyAneurysmMoment when asked about Music/JohnLennon's murder, by half-joking that he wasn't important enough to try to kill.
* SeparatedByTheWall: The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/Sapcor1_a.jpg cover]] to his album ''Wonderwall Music'' (note the hole in the wall).
* SuperGroup: Not just any Super Group: [[TropeCodifier THE Super Group]]. Harrison founded Music/TheTravelingWilburys, consisting of Music/RoyOrbison, Music/TomPetty, [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra Jeff Lynne]], Music/BobDylan, Jim Keltner and Harrison himself. Notably, Harrison remained close friends with all of them, often collaborating with them even after The Wilburys were done recording music.
** Not so notably if we take into account that the supergroup was born when George called all his friends to make a solo album and halfway he decided it's not going to be a solo album but a group effort.
** "Taxman" was quite the shot against the British tax system of the time.
** "This Song" was written about the "unconscious plagiarism" George allegedly committed against Bright Music and The Chiffons' "He's So Fine" in writing "My Sweet Lord".
** "Sue Me, Sue You Blues" was one to the judicial system he had to put up with during the lawsuits filed through the Beatles' breakup.
* ThisIsASong: "This Song"
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He came to regret announcing that he liked Jelly Babies after [[YourFavorite fangirls throwing them at him and the other Beatles]] became a regular feature of life on the road. It was even worse in America, where the fans couldn't find the soft Jelly Babies and instead purchased jelly ''beans'': "Imagine waves of rock-hard little bullets raining down on you from the sky." It got to the point where he feared that one might [[EyeScream hit him in the eye and blind him]].
* UnclePennybags[=/=]PromotedFanboy: Financed ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' after the original producers got freaked out by the "religiously offensive" content and backed out. For no reason except that he was a massive Creator/MontyPython fanboy (and friend of them) and just wanted to see the movie. Eric Idle called it "the most expensive movie ticket ever purchased", at ''least'' $4 million.[[note]]Which is nearly ''twice'' what they charge at the average multiplex these days.[[/note]]
* UnpluggedVersion: Harrison recorded a well-known acoustic version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." It finally got released with ''Music/TheBeatles Anthology''.
* UrExample: ''The Concert for Bangladesh,'' which George Harrison organized, was the first all-star charity concert.
** ObservationOnOriginality: The hard part was getting the money where it was supposed to -- not because of dishonesty, but because this sort of thing had never been done before. The IRS got in the way for a few years.
* [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Violently Protective Wife]]: The knife-wielding maniac who nearly killed George in 1999 was subdued when Olivia Harrison smashed a lamp over his head. Soon after the incident, George got a message from his good pal TomPetty saying "Aren't you glad you married a Mexican girl?"