->''"Give me love, give me peace on earth,''\\
''Give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth,''\\
''Give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load,''\\
''trying to touch and reach you with heart and soul"''

George Harrison (25 February 1943 29 November 2001) was the lead guitarist for Music/TheBeatles, and a musical legend in his own right.

For instance, not only was Harrison 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 Music/JohnLennon and Music/PaulMcCartney 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, ''Music/AllThingsMustPass'', 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, ''The Concert for UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}'', in 1971 to help that country--which besides being poverty-stricken was not only still fighting for its independence from UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}} but also had to deal with the effects of a massive cyclone. He also was a member of the late-1980s supergroup Music/TheTravelingWilburys.

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 Creator/MartinScorsese, ''George Harrison: Living in the Material World'', was released in October 2011.

He ended at #62 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons'', and Magazine/RollingStone recognizes him as the eleventh greatest guitarist of all time on their list of [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone100GreatestGuitaristsOfAllTime 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time]].

!!Studio and Live Discography:

* 1968 - ''Music/WonderwallMusic''
* 1969 - ''Electronic Music''
* 1970 - ''Music/AllThingsMustPass''
* 1971 - ''The Concert For Bangladesh''
* 1973 - ''Living In The Material World''
* 1974 - ''Dark Horse''
* 1975 - ''Extra Texture (Read All About It)''
* 1976 - ''Thirty Three & 1/3''
* 1979 - ''George Harrison''
* 1981 - ''Somewhere In England''
* 1982 - ''Gone Troppo''
* 1987 - ''Cloud Nine''
* 1992 - ''Live In Japan''
* 2002 - ''Brainwashed''

!!George Harrison provides examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Although he does not show it like the other members, George does have his moments. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBFUJX0zIC0 This is just one example]].
* [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Aloof Dark Haired Guy]]: Definetely played this persona in Beatlemania.
* AscendedFanboy: In his diaries, Creator/MichaelPalin explicitly refers to Harrison (at the time of the making of ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'') as "the Seventh [[Creator/MontyPython Python]]". Palin notes this is a view shared by Creator/JohnCleese.
* BadassBeard: A short one around the time of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''; another between 1969-72.
* BadassMoustache
* BadassPacifist: How many other vegetarian hippie musicians are memorialised in a ''Liberation War Museum'', as Harrison is in Bangladesh?
* BerserkButton: He really, really, really, ''really'' seemed to hate [[Music/AbbeyRoad "Maxwell's Silver Hammer,"]] but wasn't the only one. John and Ringo hated it too, especially since Paul forced them to do so many takes.
* BigOlEyebrows: His most distinguishing feature from the other Beatles during the moptop era.
* BreakoutCharacter: His diminished role in the early years with the Fab Four grew in the later years.
* CallBack:
** "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)" and "Here Comes The Moon" were obviously tips-of-the-hat to a couple beloved songs he did with The Beatles.
** A non-Beatles example: The Creator/EricIdle-directed promo film for "Crackerbox Palace" has a brief cameo by the Pantomime Princess Margaret from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus.''
** The music video for "When We Was Fab" shows scenes of George in his [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]] uniform playing guitar, while another scene shows him and two other figures as the Beatles (minus John) with their "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am The Walrus]]" outfits/instrumentation.
* 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 Music/BobDylan's "If Not for You" on ''Music/AllThingsMustPass''.
* ChickMagnet: [[WaxingLyrical Everybody was trying to be his baby]].
** In real life, he was also known to be a notorious [[HandsomeLech casanova]].
* 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. He once said that being a Beatle had "certainly been no hindrance on [his] career".
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Music/AllThingsMustPass'' 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.
* ForeignCultureFetish: His interest in UsefulNotes/{{India}}, although it was a good deal deeper than the usual level of this; he studied the sitar (a ferociously difficult instrument to play well), he managed to incorporate Indian classical music into his own song writing without making it sound like exotic local colour, and he organised the Concert for Bangladesh, which helped raise consciousness in the West of the refugee crisis caused by the Bangladesh Liberation War.
* 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/EricIdle, 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 ''Series/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."
* GodIsLoveSongs: Several. "Long, Long, Long" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' is the most well known example.
* 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.
* InterfaithSmoothie: The backing vocals of "My Sweet Lord" transition effortlessly from chanting "Hallelujah" to chanting "Hare Krishna," and eventually become a Vedic prayer to Vishnu.
* 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 Pattie Boyd, and Music/EricClapton. Eric won.
** However, in a recent interview, Boyd has decided that George is the love of her life.
* NewYearHasCome: "Ding Dong, Ding Dong".
* PaperThinDisguise / GratuitousForeignLanguage: "L'Angelo Misterioso" plays guitar on several albums by George's friends, even writing the last big Music/{{Cream}} hit.
* 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.
** Also claimed in 'Music/TheBeatlesAnthology' that when going on an American tour, he refused to ride in a TickerTapeParade, citing the proximity of the tour to the assassination of President Kennedy.
* 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.
* TheQuietOne: Perhaps the Trope Codifier. George is the least well known Beatle among the general public due to him being very quiet and soft spoken during interviews, preferring to stay behind and occasionally make a funny wisecrack.
* RaisedCatholic: His later embrace of Hinduism was the result of his retaining an interest in spirituality but rejecting what he saw as the dogmatism of the religion of his youth. "Awaiting on You All" delivers a couple [[TakeThat Take Thats]] to the Church.
-->''The Pope owns 51% of General Motors''
-->''And the stock exchange is the only thing he's qualified to quote us''
* RenaissanceMan: Specifically as musician, George could play 26 instruments: guitar, sitar, 4-string guitar, bass guitar, arp bass, violin, tanpura, dobro, swarmandal, tabla, organ, piano, Moog synthesiser, 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.
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SeparatedByTheWall: The cover to his album ''Music/WonderwallMusic'' (note the hole in the wall).
* SoloSideProject: ''Music/WonderwallMusic'' and "Electronic Sound", both released while he still was a member of the Beatles.
* 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. The group came about because Harrison had called up his friends to record a B-Side for his single "This Is Love", but his record company saw the potential in the song and encouraged the group to do more with it than make it "filler".
* TakeThat:
** "Taxman" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' 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]].
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: His son Dhani really is the [[http://iv1.lisimg.com/image/1734024/401full-dhani-harrison.jpg spitting image]] of him. It's like seeing a ghost.
* 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. Creator/EricIdle 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]]
** More importantly, this led to the start of Harrison's film production "Handmade Films".
* UnpluggedVersion: Harrison recorded a well-known acoustic version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." It finally got released with ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology''.
* UrExample: ''The Concert for Bangladesh,'' which George Harrison organised, 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 Music/TomPetty saying "Aren't you glad you married a [[SpicyLatina Mexican girl]]?"
* WeUsedToBeFriends: George Harrison and Paul McCartney were the first Beatles to meet each other and went on to become boyhood friends, with McCartney even lobbying to John Lennon in order to recruit Harrison as guitarist. But both men wound up probably being the most estranged pair of Beatles after the band's breakup. They did reconcile when George was terminally ill with cancer.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Harrison's estate at some point after his death, mentioned the existence of enough of his unreleased recordings to fill entire albums, but to date none have surfaced, at least not commercially.
* WorldMusic: Harrison is well known for experimenting with traditional Indian music in his songs. Two of the three Beatles songs with sitar music, "Love You To" (''Music/{{Revolver}}'') and "Within Without You" (''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'') were written by him ("Norwegian Wood" (''Music/RubberSoul''), composed by Music/JohnLennon, is the exception). "The Inner Light" (''Music/PastMasters''), another heavily Indian-influenced piece (though it does not contain any sitar), was also composed by Harrison. Music/RaviShankar taught him to play the instrument. Harrison's first solo album ''Music/WonderwallMusic'' is almost entirely full of Indian music.