George Harrison died today. To quote Paul McCartney on hearing of John Lennon’s murder “What a drag!” The good thing about a cool musician dying is that you get to hear their music on the radio all day. Unless you’re Charles Manson everyone will say nice things about you when you die. It’s like the first day that they can do it because they wouldn’t dare say anything nice about you while you were still alive. Sure sometimes people can see how soon you are going to pop off and they throw a tribute to you like they did right before Sammy Davis Jr. died. I think they threw Bob Hope his sometime in the late 80’s but he inconveniently just kept going on. They’d throw one for Ronald Reagan, but he’d probably be hard pressed to differentiate his all star salute from a rerun of the Teletubbies Christmas Special. Of course, if radio stations had really cared they would have started playing all of George’s music when they first heard that he was ill. Corporations love it when Rock Stars die because it means that they can finally start to move their back catalog.
The song I most enjoyed hearing on the radio today was Wah Wah off All Things Must Pass. I was in
I don’t remember where I was when John Lennon died which is odd because I’ve often written that I am more obsessed with John Lennon than Mark David Chapman was.
Someone just asked me the other day if I had ever sung a song to a girl before, and today I wrote back that the one time that I actually did that was when I sang I’m Happy Just to Dance With You on my first date with the aforementioned girl after we watched a video of A Hard Day’s Night. George Harrison was the one who sang that song in the film. I can sort of play it on guitar, but I never could get the rhythm part quite right.
sorry George my local station just moved on to the Stones your day in the sun is over.
You hate to see someone cool die while there are so many other more respectable choices I’d rather see dead. I always loved hearing Bill Hicks asking Chapman why he killed Lennon. “Hey I’ll drive you to Barry Manilow’s house!” he’d say.
I think that George’s death will be more convenient as a lesson to kids. See what happens when you take lots of LSD and smoke cigarettes nearly every single minute of your waking day? John Lennon’s death was more difficult. See what happens when you become a defiant symbol of Peace and Love?
The most interesting thing I found about that official Beatles book that came out last year was George complaining about how Paul always seemed to be a couple of years older than him and how even after forty or so years had passed it seemed to still be true. Paul was probably right about how he was sort of like a big brother to him. Lennon was like his idol pretty much until the day he died I think. I love
If you ever want to see the ultimate brotherly fight check out George telling Paul in Let It Be that he’ll play anything he wants or not at all, and that on the whole he’d much rather be hanging with Eric Clapton. It’s sad but funny.
I don’t know if this is true but I once heard a story about a nude guitar duel that Eric Clapton had with George Harrison over
The one thing I learned today that I thought was pretty funny was that Frank Sinatra used to always introduce
I saw someone interview a kid in