George Harrison was born 74 years ago today. We wish he was still with us so we…

Written by on February 25, 2018

George Harrison was born 74 years ago today.

We wish he was still with us so we could all celebrate together. For our younger students, Mr. Harrison was in a band fro Liverpool, UK called The Beatles. They became very popular in the early 1960’s. They played on the Ed Sullivan Show and kind of became an overnight sensation. One of George’s bandmate was a guy named Paul McCartney. After The Beatles stopped playing together, He formed a band called Wings, which was a little before Kanye discovered Paul and he became really famous……… You may know George a little better from a band he started with some other guys name Petty, Lynn, Dylan and Orbison called ‘Traveling Wilburys’. But really his band from the 60’s, The Beatles were a little bigger worldwide.

In 1997, Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer; he was treated with radiotherapy, which was thought at the time to be successful. He publicly blamed years of smoking for the illness.

On Dec. 30, 1999, Harrison and his wife were attacked at their home, Friar Park. Michael Abram, a 36-year-old man, broke in and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with a fireplace poker and a lamp. Following the attack, Harrison was hospitalized with more than 40 stab wounds. He released a statement soon afterwards regarding his assailant: “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”

In May 2001, it was revealed that Harrison had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs, and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumour at a clinic in Switzerland. While in Switzerland, Starr visited him but had to cut short his stay in order to travel to Boston, where his daughter was undergoing emergency brain surgery, prompting Harrison to quip: “Do you want me to come with you?” In November 2001, he began radiotherapy at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City for non-small cell lung cancer which had spread to his brain.

On Nov. 21, 2001 in New York, Harrison, Starr and McCartney came together for the last time. Less than three weeks later, on 29 Nov. 29, 2001, Harrison died at a friend’s home in Los Angeles, aged 58. He was cremated at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and his funeral was held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California. His close family scattered his ashes according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers near Varanasi, India.

Happy Birthday George. Return If Possible. We need to say thank you to you one more time.

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