In Memory of George Harrison

This year would have been the 80th birthday of lead guitarist for the Beatles, George Harrison.


George Harrison (middle) and Billy Preston (left) meeting with President Gerald Ford (right) in the White House in 1974.

Mitchell Plaehn, MHS Media Writer

Over the course of his career with the Beatles and beyond, Harrison crafted a plethora of amazing songs. In honor of his legacy here are some of his greatest hits.

My Sweet Lord

This is the only song on this list that was released after the Beatles broke up. It appeared on Harrison’s first solo album, “All Things Must Pass”. It was also the first song to hit number one released by any Beatle post break up. The song is incredibly spiritual and has themes about God. Threw out the song Harrison utters the words Hare Krishna as a reference to his own faith.


 This was the first Harrison song that the Beatles released as a single, up until this point, most songs fell under the credit of Lennon and McCartney. This song showed many people that Lennon and McCartney were not the only talented people in the group. Frank Sinatra went as far as to call it “the best love song of the past fifty years”.

Here Comes The Sun

Harrison wrote “Here Comes The Sun” with the help of Eric Clapton. Elements of the song reflect Harrison’s own life. At the time Harrison was frustrated with the Beatles and was able to release stress through the song. Harrison’s mother had also been suffering with cancer during this period, so it was an extremely stressful time for him. Even though the song is full of connections to Harrison’s own life it has literal meanings too with the lyric “…it’s been a long cold lonely winter…” referring to the winter of 1968 in England which was particularly frigid. Overall, “Here Comes The Sun” is a great song to listen for a burst of positivity.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

This song is regarded by many Beatles fans as Harrison’s best song and one of the Beatles greatest hits. Some even go as far as to say it is the greatest song of all time. Like “Here Comes the Sun” this song was also written with help from Eric Clapton. Harrison recruited Clapton’s help after the other Beatles expressed disinterest in the song. They must have regretted this considering how popular this song has become.