In My Life > George Harrison
Beatle guitarist George Harrison was born February 25, 1943; the youngest of the Fab Four; to Harold and Louise Harrison, known as talented ballroom dancers. George was a horrendous student but realized that there was a way out - music - which he loved all of his short life. At age 13 his mother bought him his first guitar.
George met Paul McCartney through school, following him around like a lost puppy. Eventually he discovered The Quarry Men and hung around often, showing his stuff when he could. The other band members thought nothing more of him then a kid who was just tagging along. But his persistence paid of when the other Quarry Men let him play when they were short a guitarist. Although never formally accepted into the band, he was soon a full-fledged member.
Through his wife Patti's interest in Eastern religion; George began studying meditation and an Eastern instrument called the sitar, which first appeared on the song "Norwegian Wood" and later on George's own songs. It was at George's urging, through Patti's suggestion, that the Beatles set of to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
As a songwriter, George's talent was never fully realized until the end of the Beatles' career. It was then that songs such as "Old Brown Shoe", "Something", and "Here Comes The Sun" were released as singles. This talent carried over to his solo career with hits "My Sweet Lord" and "What is Life from his 1971 epic All Things Must Pass. He later scored a huge hit with a remake of the James Ray hit "Got My Mind Set on You". He worked with Eric Clapton several times, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", and with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne (who produced "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love") in the phenomenally successful supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.