Note: Portions of this article originally ran in 2019 to commemorate the 76th birthday of George Harrison.
Today, February 25, would have been George Harrison‘s 77th birthday — and while it’s nearly been two decades since the Beatles legend passed away in 2001, his spirit and music lives on to this day. Such was the impact he had on the music community and the world as a whole, really.
Happy Birthday, George. pic.twitter.com/VrNfOFpoGY
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) February 25, 2020
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To mark George's birthday today, the Liverpool City Council and the George Harrison Estate proudly announce The George Harrison Woodland Walk, a memorial woodland to open in the city of Liverpool in 2021. The 12-acre Greenland site opposite Allerton Towers commemorates George's hometown and the joy he found in the outdoors & his own garden. Artists are encouraged to design new artworks to take pride of place in the garden. Submit at the link in bio
Olivia Harrison penned a heartfelt remembrance of her late husband:
Paul McCartney shared a photo of himself and George — from the early days!
Happy Birthday my old chum. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/f93wYv19EP
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) February 25, 2020
John Lennon‘s estate followed suit as well:
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE!⠀ What's your favourite John & George song, story or picture? #happybirthdaygeorge⠀ Celebrate George's birthday with the John & George Spotify playlist at http://bit.ly/JohnGeorge⠀ ⠀ John: I did the organ on ‘I’m Down’. I decided to play it on stage for the first time. I was putting my foot on it and George couldn’t play for laughing. I didn’t really know what to do, because I felt naked without a guitar, so I was doing all Jerry Lee – I was jumping about and I only played about two bars of it. It was marvellous. It was the biggest crowd we ever played to, anywhere in the world. It was the biggest live show anybody’s ever done, they told us. And it was fantastic, the most exciting we’ve done. They could almost hear us as well, even though they were making a lot of noise, because the amplification was tremendous.
In the studio, Harrison was as focused as anybody. In Rock Cellar’s 2019 chat with producer Giles Martin regarding the recent White Album anniversary reissues, Martin had this to say of George:
“Because of the nature of the way they were recording on The White Album with not many overdubs, it’s kind of like the Let It Be album in a way. For example, a song like “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” is an incredibly complicated thing to play and actually they’d find it quite funny. They’d get through the end of a take and John would go, ‘It’s getting better but it’s not getting more fun.’ But George would go, ‘It’s getting better and it’s getting more fun.’
“John would say, ‘Is it? Maybe for you but it’s hard. It’s very hard to sing this.’ But they wanted to capture that, and they weren’t playing live concerts anymore so this was the moment they did it.”
That’s the type of creator and visionary Harrison was, and he remains sorely missed to this day. Happy birthday, George Harrison — may you continue to rest in peace.
Happy Birthday George Harrison!
Born February 25, 1943. Roy's friend, The Beatles guitarist and Traveling Wilburys founder would have been 77 years old today.
— Roy Orbison (@ROYORBISON) February 25, 2020