20 Years Gone

On November 29, 2001, George Harrison passed away. On this, the 20th anniversary of his death, I am paying tribute to him with a 10-song medley of his solo material from the archives … because he was so much more than just a Beatle.

Some of these songs will be very familiar to his fans; others not as much, but whether you recognize them or not, they are but a small glimpse into the musical genius of a man once considered to be so much of a “lightweight” as a writer that his efforts to find his way onto Beatles’ albums were repeatedly dismissed.

The medley begins with the final song George ever recorded (just two months before his death), and it concludes with the final song on his last album; a song that ends with a haunting chant delivered so smoothly in tandem with his son, Dhani, that you’d swear it was just one voice. In between those two epic songs, you’ll hear his first #1 single (the first of the Fab Four to do that) and his final #1 (the last member of the group to do that) and much, much more.

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The George Harrison Medley!

Comments (11)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good morning, Ray. Today can be a sad day, remembering the passing of George or a happy day remembering the joy that George brought to all of us. I think I”ll go with happy. To me George was the “Goldilocks “ of the Beatles. John could be too harsh, Paul could be too sweet but George consistently was just right. It is fun to watch him grow and become more complex. I like to think that he mirrors his audience, as we grow and mature with him. I notice that you have violated your “20 minute rule” today but with George you made a good choice with the exception. We could have a week or more of just George. Wise choice today Ray, I hope people take the time to celebrate the “Quiet Beatle” today. Rock on Brother Ray.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Don. You’re right, I could have added a dozen more songs without blinking an eye.
      His songwriting, consistently rejected by John and Paul, allowed him to create his All Things Must Pass album and established him as a songwriter to be reckoned with. I still find it amazing that John rejected Isn’t It A Pity back in 1966, and both Lennon and McCartney rejected George’s All Things Must Pass song in 1969.
      Glad you enjoyed the medley.
      As always, Rock On, Bro!

      1. Don Doyle

        I did enjoy the medley today although I kept waiting for Crackerbox Palace. I guess you are saving that for the next George medley. It gives me something to look forward to. . Thanks for a great listen today.

  2. Rosa-Lee Gould/Lee

    Now that Thanksgiving is past (I confess that I have not listened to “Alice’s Restaurant” this year tho the thought of it makes me smile.) but it’s time to think about the next holiday Ted & I listened to today’s tribute to George while I double checked addresses for cards to be sent. You & my friend Nancy Gordon are my Beatles friends & both posted about George today. She was & some times still is a Rutland, VT DJ. My sister-in-law Penny ranks 3rd; my little brother Bill chose an awesome wife. Still thankful but thinking about Christmas & family & friends (which includes you. Have a good day & thanks for the music.) 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Lee, you have such a beautiful soul, so thoughtful and caring.
      I don’t think it’s a stretch to say I love everything about you.
      Have a wonderful day! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Penny

    Great medley for an amazing artist who I think was under appreciated. Thanks Ray!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Penny. He was VERY underrated and unappreciated.
      I hope you are feeling better! ❤️

  4. fred

    Ray as you know George was my favorite!! I often wonder if he was not in the group how they would have been!! I am sure they would have still been great but???? Like any sport it is teamwork and together they were one of the best!! This will be a happy day for me Nancy is doing better and this was a great mix of Georges tunes!! Great way to end this medley!! Love ya

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Fred.
      He was always my favorite member of the band.
      He proved his talent when the band split and he had a very successful start to his solo career. Better, in fact, than any other member of the group.
      I’m very happy Nancy is doing better (and I hope you are, too)!
      My love to both of you! ❤️❤️

  5. Victoria PierceMulliss

    Well, I grabbed my coffee, went out to the porch turned the heaters on to warm it up and hooked up my phone to my speaker and started listening and my husband comes out and says Great music didn’t know you had such good taste😍🤩 I said I’m listening to Rays melodies and he said well that man has class and taste..
    So thank you for yet another spectacular set of songs to listen to..

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you so much and please thank your husband for me. If he enjoyed the music, I’d say he also has class and taste!
      I hope the two of you have a marvelous day! 🥰🥰

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