George Harrison left this world yesterday at the age of 58, after surrendering to a long battle with throat cancer. When I worked at Angel Records in 1997, we released the Ravi Shankar Chants of India 4 CD boxed set as well as the 16 track "Highlights" CD. George Harrison was the producer of this project, as he and Ravi have had a long term relationship. We had the incredible fortune of having George Harrison and Ravi available to us to do press and promotion for the record.
I will never forget the day I met George and how comfortable he made me feel.
We all knew he was coming so when word of his arrival reached the floor ñ I took a walk by the label presidentís office and sure enough , heard that all too familiar voice. It was truly unbelievable.
Later, George walked by each and every desk to say hello to everyone. He was fantastic. He had long hair and a beard (looking very much like the Abbey Road LP cover) and had on some Chuck Taylorís. So we shook hands and he thanked me for all the work I was doing on the project. He then leaned further into my desk area and said, "Is that John?" pointing to a postcard I had of John Lennon and Andy Warhol (Warhol is kissing Johnís cheek in this image.) I said yes. Then I said to myselfÖwas that just a Beatle..asking me about another Beatle??? This was truly exciting and one of the most memorable experiences Iíve had working in the music business.
George was truly one of the most interesting members of The Beatles ñ though this was discovered much later.
We all benefited greatly from his talent. Early on it was mostly Paul and John ñ but as their career moved on , gradually George would get 2 songs..3 songs on a record and then by the time Abbey Road and The White Album came out ñ it was quite clear George could do his own solo record.
This was quite clear of his post Beatle projects including the first, All Things Must Pass.
Itís a sad day to lose a member of one of the greatest bands ever as well as one of the greatest artists of all time. Join me in playing Georgeís music all day. I hope George and John are playing "For You Blue" right now!!!!
Source: Drew Goldberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)