november 29 2001

  • Me: I like the Beatles a healthy normal amount
  • also me: Today is George Harrison's birthday. George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle..."

George Harrison
25 February, 1943 - 29 November, 2001

The man I never got to meet was the one who influenced me the most.

The quiet one that still had a voice that yelled to help Bangladesh and say Hare Krishna. The one who dedicated a concert to fund a clinic that had lost it’s funds but instead the media deciding to focus on a mindless ‘feud’ and a divorce rather than an act of kindness in a dark world. This man has influenced me in so ways. Saying to be humble and share all the world, don’t take too much. That death is just a state of mind, it is simply as if you’re taking off your suit. That comforts me more than it should.

Now, as I sit here in my room, listening to the song that began it all for me, I wish you never left. But as you said before

Life flows on within you and without you.

Thank you, George, and we love you.


“Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul”  
~ RIP George Harrison

~ Gratitude Angel Nene


Rest in Peace George Harrison~ (February  25, 1943 - November 29, 2001)

“As long as you hate, there will be people to hate.”

“I wanted to be successful, not famous.”

“The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself in them.”

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.”

“I remember thinking I just want more. This isn’t it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don’t just stumble across. You’ve got to search for it.”

“I’m not really Beatle George. I’m sorry to disappoint you, but that is just a little part that got played through in this life, I mean there is much more to me than the Beatle George. “


Happy Birthday George Harrison.

February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001.

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”


The final moments of Living in the Material World:

“There was a profound experience that happened when he left his body. It was visible. Let’s just say, you wouldn’t… you wouldn’t need to light the room… if you were trying to film it. You know, he, uh… he just… he just lit the room.” - Olivia Harrison

George Harrison, 1987. Photo: John Livzey.

“I had the great fortune to meet George and speak with him. He was as warm, gentle and funny as his close friends have stated in the days following his death on November 29, 2001. I miss him very much. I hope this reminiscence helps you through the loss we share.

In May 1987, I had to fly from LA to Boston on business. I got to the airport a little early and went to the American Airlines Admiral’s Club to kill some time. Since I was in the travel industry at the time, I had entrée to the club even though I was far from being a big shot. When I entered, I saw a guy I knew who worked there and he said, “Guess who’s here today? George Harrison!” So he points to this longhaired guy with really big sunglasses sitting in a remote corner of the Club. His hair was kind of wavy and I thought he looked more like a George Harrison wannabe than the real thing. Still, it did kind of look like him. A woman, probably a ‘meet and greet’ type from a travel agency or American Airlines, was hovering near him.

I knew what I had to do.

In spite of it being 7:30AM, I went to the bar and had a glass of wine. As I finished, the woman who was shepherding George left, leaving him alone. Good timing - the wine was starting to take effect on my empty stomach. I summoned up as much nerve as I could and, keeping my arms at my sides in as non-threatening a manner as I could muster, walked up to George and said, ‘I started playing guitar 20 years ago because of you and I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to something that’s given me a lot of enjoyment for a long time.’

Instead of brushing me off, he looks up and asks, 'Do you still play?’ So I joked 'Yeah, more to piss off the neighbors than anything else.’ He grinned and invited me to sit down. I sat next to him. He’s looking at me and I’m looking at him, and 20 years of questions as to who played this and what guitar was used on that song just evaporated. And we’re sitting there staring at each other. I noticed he was wearing these goofy tennis shoes, like the ones you see him wearing in 'Magical Mystery Tour.’ Finally I said, 'Do you still have the Rickenbacker 12-string you used in "Hard Day’s Night?”’ and he emphatically said, 'Oh yeah!’ like he’d have to have been crazy not to keep it. So much for giving away guitars! We talked about The Guitar for a while and I asked him if that was the first one they made. He said it was the second, that some American woman had the first (which I later read about in one of the books on Rics). The Beatles albums were being released on CDs at that time and I think 'Revolver’ was the latest. I asked him about one of the songs I always loved (although never a hit) that I heard on the way to the airport, 'And Your bird Can Sing.’ He said he had just gotten the CD himself and said, 'Oh yeah, I just was listening to that. It was a good song.’ I asked him how he played the lead, since I could never figure it out and he said, 'Oh Paul played one of leads and I played the other.’ My cordial response was 'I’ve been trying to figure that lead out for two decades and now you tell me it took *two* of you to do it!’ We both laughed.

When I asked about the 360/12, he also said, 'A friend of mine - do you know Tom Petty? - (I nodded my head - I had actually heard of him) has one just like it.’

Anyway, we talked about 20 more minutes about guitars and music, and then a woman came to escort him to his flight. He got up, we shook hands (very gentle handshake, like you see him give Ed Sullivan), he smiled that famous toothy smile and said 'Take care, nice talking with you,’ and left.

I felt proud not to have asked for my idol’s autograph. Just two musicians chatting about guitars and music.

I hope this story brought you a smile. It does for me every time I think of talking with George Harrison, ex-Fab, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and nice man who took time to treat a fan like a friend, all those years ago.“ - Lewis Lustman, [Previously posted on the blog here.]