Born on February 25, 1943, today would have been the 74th birthday of late legendary guitarist George Harrison. A co-founding member of immensely popular 1960s groundbreaking pop band The Beatles, the years following their breakup in 1970 saw Harrison carve out a substantial solo career that further supplanted his place among the highest echelon of rock ‘n’ roll musicians.
Harrison was only 58-years-old when he passed away on November 29, 2001. In celebration of the life and cut-short career of the “Quiet Beatle,” Saturday Stream this week features a Spotify Playlist devoted to live recordings George made with The Beatles and during his subsequent solo career.
The set begins with George, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing on October 24, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden as part of radio appearance recorded at Karlaplansstudion. Released as part of the Anthology collection, The Fab Four play many of their early hits such as “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Money (That’s What I Want).” Also from Anthology 1 are recordings from later in 1963 in London and the band’s rendition of “All My Loving” from their 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Several tracks come from last year’s compilation Live At The Hollywood Bowl that features The Beatles performances at the famed venue on August 23, 1964 and in 1965 on August 29 and 30. Recordings of The Beatles live in 1965 at The ABC Theatre in Blackpool, United Kingdom and at Shea Stadium in New York from Anthology 2 are also presented, as are “Rock And Roll Music” and “She’s A Woman” from Tokyo in 1966.
“Get Back” and other tracks from The Beatles’ final rooftop concert atop Apple Studios made the set. The playlist includes the bulk of Harrison’s 1992 Live In Japan album that saw him backed by the likes of Eric Clapton, Chuck Leavell, Steve Ferrone, Andy Fairweather-Low and others. Finally, there are two songs from George’s appearance at the 1993 Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden.