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The Quiet Beatle Remembered with a Special Live Stream of the Concert for George

By: Keystone
Hulton Archive

The world lost a great talent and an amazing and compassionate man 11 years ago today.

He died of lung cancer at age 58 on November 29, 2001.

His gentle, yet witty spirit, his devotion to his spirituality, his music, all live on in the hearts of so many of us.

And it’s the 10th anniversary of the Concert for George, which his widow Olivia and longtime friend Eric Clapton put together in his honor at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002, one year after his death.

There is a special 24-hour stream today on the official George Harrison YouTube channel.

It’s also the anniversary of rock’s (almost) first triple album.

It was George Harrison’s first solo work since the Beatles disbanded, and it was released 42 years ago this week.

The Woodstock live set had been released 6 months earlier, but “All Things Must Pass” was the first triple disc album by a single artist.

It hit the U.S. on November 27, 1970, and it was clear to all of us who remember that day that George was a force to be reckoned with, not just with his Beatle bandmates, but on his very own.

Apparently, George had a lot of pent-up artistry, because, as he said  he “didn’t have many tunes on Beatles records, so doing an album like All Things Must Pass was like going to the bathroom and letting it out.”

Hey, it turned out a lot better than that!

 

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