George Harrison was the lead guitarist for the world renowned band the Beatles along with Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.
While the Beatles earned so much respect with Lennon and Sir Paul seemingly leading the Band, Harrison looked to writing his own music on the side. In the summer of 1963 he spearheaded his first song, Don’t Bother Me, which made its way on to the group’s second album. From there on out, Harrison’s songs were a staple of all Beatle records. In fact some of the group’s more memorable songs such as While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Something, the latter of which was only the song ever recorded by Frank Sinatra, were penned by Harrison.
Not long after the album’s release, Harrison continued with his passion for charitable when he put together a series of groundbreaking benefit concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden to raise money for refugees in Bangladesh. Known as the Concert for Bangladesh, the shows, which featured Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Ravi Shankar, would go on to raise some $15 million for UNICEF, produced a Grammy winning album, and laid the groundwork for future benefit shows like Live Aid and Farm Aid.
He, along the other members of the Beatles, is an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church.
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