Today, February 25, would have been George Harrison‘s 76th birthday — and while it’s nearly been two decades since the Beatles legend passed away in 2001, his spirit and music lives on to this day. Such was the impact he had on the music community and the world as a whole, really.
"All your love's reflected back to you" • To celebrate George's birthday, please share your favorite stories, songs and photos of #GeorgeHarrison. Looking forward to sharing them throughout the day #HappyBirthdayGeorge pic.twitter.com/14yS37Llvc
— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) February 25, 2019
John Lennon’s estate sent in some wishes, as well.
Happy Birthday @GeorgeHarrison!
Send your memories and tributes to George in the comments. pic.twitter.com/mjmQNMYEzS
— John Lennon (@johnlennon) February 25, 2019
Sir Paul McCartney remembered his old friend in a warm social media post on Monday:
Happy birthday forever George, we love ya! pic.twitter.com/cq1zplEhbr
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) February 25, 2019
As did George’s son, Dhani Harrison:
— Dhani Harrison (@DhaniHarrison) February 25, 2019
Happy Birthday, George. pic.twitter.com/im2tm2dlxA
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) February 25, 2019
In the studio, Harrison was as focused as anybody. In Rock Cellar’s recent chat with producer Giles Martin regarding the recent White Album anniversary reissues, Martin had this to say of George:
“Because of the nature of the way they were recording on The White Album with not many overdubs, it’s kind of like the Let It Be album in a way. For example, a song like “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” is an incredibly complicated thing to play and actually they’d find it quite funny. They’d get through the end of a take and John would go, ‘It’s getting better but it’s not getting more fun.’ But George would go, ‘It’s getting better and it’s getting more fun.’
“John would say, ‘Is it? Maybe for you but it’s hard. It’s very hard to sing this.’ But they wanted to capture that, and they weren’t playing live concerts anymore so this was the moment they did it.”
That’s the type of creator and visionary Harrison was, and he remains sorely missed to this day. Happy birthday, George Harrison — may you continue to rest in peace.