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Remembering George Harrison On His 80th Birthday: Look + Listen

Had he not passed away some two decades ago, George Harrison would’ve have turned 80 years old on 2.25.23 and yet his works continue to inspire people around the world.

This week, Yusuf, p/k/a Cat Stevens, covered “Here Comes the Sun” and along with signing to the former Beatle’s Dark Horse Records, the fellow pop star said “While most of my generation were just into the music, I was a bit like George, where music became the key to something much higher.” “I’m happy to sing one of his songs, especially as it represents the returning of light and hope to a seriously dark and broken world.”

In 2018, Steve Perry also sang a Harrison song, covering the Beatles’ “I Need You” on his solo album Traces and the former Journey front man said “The recording vocal style George got by doubling his voice is just beautiful.” “It has this creamy aspect to it, and when you couple that with the melody he wrote along with his guitar answers fading in and out after every vocal phrase, I had to play it over and over again.”

Jim James of My Morning Jacket’s admires a different Harrison song and states “My Sweet Lord.” “This song is a sacred mantra.” “I live inside the womb of it for days at a time. It plays on repeat in my mind — sometimes I will go for weeks without ever listening to or thinking of any other song. I am singing along and we are all hearts afire, ready to hear it start all over again and again.”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Steve Mathieson