Today in 1943, George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England. By the time he was 18, he was a pop star, known around the world for his dedication to fine musicianship (fans refer to him as the guitarist's guitarist
Harrison often referred to himself as the invisible harmony between fellow Beatles and life long pals John Lennon and Paul McCartney. To many guitarists, Harrison's musical contributions can slip by just as easily. But pick up a Casino or Les Paul (two guitars that George helped to popularize around the world) and try playing along to Harrison or Beatle tracks, and you'll find that the "quiet Beatle" had a terrific chord vocabulary far advanced from his peers and an uncanny ability to lift songs from good great.
Today, guitarists like Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Nels Cline of Wilco fill similar roles and they all freely admit that George was--and still is--the king. Harrison was a race car enthusiast, film-maker, master gardener, and most importantly, was responsible for making the pop music world think globally. The 12-12-12 benefit late last year is testament to Harrison's ongoing influence on music, politics, and the environment.
And for all of us at Epiphone, we still have a love of all things George as much as the audience does in this classic clip of Harrison's surprise visit to support the Smothers Brothers who at the time were battling network censorship.
And as George says, whatever you want to say with your guitar, keep trying to say it. Cue the applause!