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  • Artist Disillusionment: Of all the Beatles, he was the one hit the hardest with this when the group's fame became overbearing.
  • Author Existence Failure: Brainwashed was mostly finished at the time of his death but he did simultaneously shared his ideas for all its details (from the sound of the finished songs to the album's artwork) with his son Dhani and close friend and collaborator Jeff Lynne – information that ultimately proved very valuable enough to complete the album after his death.
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  • Breakthrough Hit: "My Sweet Lord". Reaching No. 1 the day after Christmas 1970, he was the first Beatle to have a solo No. 1 hit. (Incidentally, 17 years later, he also had the last, with "Got My Mind Set on You".) As a Beatle, the first song that really got him noticed was "Something", the flip side of "Come Together".
  • Creator Breakdown: The record Dark Horse, recorded not long after his wife Patti Boyd left him for his best friend Eric Clapton.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • George was pressured by EMI to rush to finish Dark Horse in time for its scheduled release date and accompanying tournote , despite being stricken with laryngitis at the time (as well as throughout the tour), leading to its extremely scratchy, gritty vocals and the nickname "Dark Hoarse" from the critics.
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    • 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 Lampshade Hanging and a Take That! against them in the song "Blood from a Clone".
  • Fan Nickname: The Quiet One; The Dark Horse
  • Missing Episode:
    • There are a lot of unreleased songs from the All Things Must Pass era; it's rumoured that there are almost as many as went on the album itself.
    • Similarly, not all music from the film Wonderwall can be heard on its Cult Soundtrack Wonderwall Music.
    • The originally intended version of Somewhere In England, which featured many unreleased (or very rare) tracks like "Sat Singing" and "Lay His Head".
  • Reclusive Artist: 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 concert for the benefit of Bangladesh that he organised, and the other was a tour with Eric Clapton 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.
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  • Troubled Production: In 1974, while promoting Dark Horse, he embarked on what would be his first and only solo tour (save for a brief Japanese tour in 1992 to raise funds for a campaigning political party that endorsed Transcendental Meditation). Unfortunately, the tour had been booked in advance, and Harrison, fresh from his recent divorce from Patti Boyd and fighting laryngitis, a condition which had plagued the recording of the Dark Horse albumnote , and the album was critically and commercially unsuccessful. The very religious Harrison booked Ravi Shankar and a selection of gurus as opening acts, which alienated his audience, and Harrison's singing and decision to change some Beatles lyrics to suit his Krishna faith led to much criticism; the shows suffered from poor attendance as a result. Harrison once claimed that after one show, he had decided to stay onstage instead of returning to his hotel room. After observing the sea of stray heroin needles, beer cans and garbage left over on the seats waiting to be disposed of, George felt repulsed and swore off of touring as a result.
  • Uncredited Role: He made an uncredited guest appearance on Cream's song "Badge".
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" came out of his desire to test the I Ching's contention that there are no coincidences and everything in the world is connected, by writing a song about a randomly selected phrase from a random book.


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