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George Harrison may have been the quiet Beatle, but he was the most adventurous member of the group. And he was the most underappreciated. In the early days, he was typically given one song per album – a reflection of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s overflowing songwriting. But by the middle of the ‘60s Harrison began exploring world music, which tied to his burgeoning spiritual quests. They both led him to India, which shaped his music for the next several years. By the time the Beatles broke up in 1970, Harrison had already released a pair of instrumental records. He was the first member to release a solo album, and he was the first to reach No. 1 with a single – 1970’s ‘My Sweet Lord,’ from his three-record set ‘All Things Must Pass.’ Harrison recorded sporadically over the years, releasing eight more albums before he passed away at 58 from lung cancer.

George Harrison Memorial Tree Felled by Beetles

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

A 10-foot pine dubbed the George Harrison Tree has been killed by an irony-filled infestation of beetles.

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George Harrison’s Last-Ever Letter Was to Mike Myers

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Actor Mike Myers received a piece of fan mail from George Harrison on the day the former Beatle died.

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Rare George Harrison Rickenbacker Guitar To Be Auctioned Off

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A 1962 Rickenbacker 425, owned by George Harrison and believed to be the guitar he used on 'I Want to Hold Your Hand,' will go up for sale this week.

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases ‘Electronic Sound’

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The late Beatle's second solo effort was his most experimental, his worst-selling, and one of his more controversial albums. Yet, it opened the door for something important.

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35 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases Self-Titled Album

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Feb. 20, 1979 was a celebratory day for loyal Beatles fans, nearly a decade beyond the group’s dissolution, because it signaled the release of George Harrison’s first album in more than two years.

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George Harrison-Scored ‘Wonderwall’ Film Getting Collector’s Edition Reissue

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The film responsible for the first official solo album by a member of the Beatles is getting the reissue treatment.

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56 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Quarry Men

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The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958. George Harrison joined the Quarry Men, the John Lennon-led group that Paul McCartney had joined as a second guitarist and singer the previous summer.

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Quits the Beatles

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In early 1969, while their fans were still swooning over the recently released White Album, the Beatles were holed up in London's Twickenham Studios, trying to figure out their next move. These famously fractious sessions eventually produced the band's final studio release, 'Let It Be' -- but not before bringing long-simmering tensions between the group's members to a raging boil.

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14 Years Ago: George Harrison Attacked at Home

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“They used us as an excuse to go mad, the world did," George Harrison said in the Beatles' 1995 'Anthology' documentary. "And then blamed it on us.” But even he could never suspect that, four years later, those words would ring true again when, on Dec. 30, 1999, a mad man attacked Harrison in his own house, nearly killing him.

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George Harrison Reportedly Refused Royal Honor Before His Death

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According to correspondence recently unearthed by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, long-simmering resentments between former Beatles may have prompted George Harrison to turn down a distinguished award from the royal family before his death.

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