George Harrison Remembered With Brief Video

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George Harrison and friend in a screen shot from the “When We Was Fab” video

On November 29, 2016, with little fanfare, dozens of diverse George Harrison videos were uploaded to YouTube, including live performances, studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. The  date marked the 15th anniversary of his death. They are all available to view at the GeorgeHarrisonVEVO channel. and we’ve featured several of them below.

On November 29, 2019, a brief clip titled “Remembering George,” of Harrison on the grounds of his home in Friar Park in 1999 was posted to the channel, to commemorate the 18th anniversary of his passing.

All of the clips come from Harrison’s solo years, including videos for popular songs such as “This Song,” “Crackerbox Palace” and “Got My Mind Set On You,” the latter being Harrison’s final #1 single, from 1987.

Watch the 2017 “Remembering George” clip

Related: George Harrison launches first solo tour, 1974

One highlight among the videos is “When We Was Fab,” Harrison’s 1988 tribute to that little band he was in during his youth. It begins with Harrison standing alone in front of a brick wall, strumming a black-and-white Fender while miming the words. At about the half-minute mark, a fellow wearing sunglasses and a neatly trimmed beard delivers a cello to George and—well, what do you know?—it’s Ringo! As disembodied hands emerge from unlikely parts of Harrison’s body, the scene gets more surreal, with various individuals arriving and disappearing just as quickly, among them Jeff Lynne and Elton John—and a lot more Ringo.

Related: 2002’s Concert for George

The video for “What Is Life,” from the landmark 1970 All Things Must Pass album, was created to coincide with the 2016 release of the George Harrison vinyl collection. The video features a pair of dancers dressed in yellow sweaters, cavorting in various locations.

Other videos in the collection offer behind-the-scenes looks at special events (The Concert for George, featuring Ravi Shankar; the making of Living in the Material World), excellent live performances (“Give Me Love,” “Devil’s Radio”) and more.

Watch “Give Me Love,” performed live

Although there is almost zero documentation accompanying the videos, the collection provides an opportunity to revisit some of Harrison’s best solo work and remember, once again, how much he is missed.

Watch the video for “Got My Mind Set on You”

Harrison was born on Feb. 25, 1943. He died at age 58 on Nov. 29, 2001.

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  1. Rolandodirolo
    #1 Rolandodirolo 16 February, 2017, 16:00

    Give me love , Royal Albert Hall, 1992 !!
    What a show , it’s certainly a thrill; just look at George’s eyes, hear his voice, watch Nathan East ‘s smile, the best in Rock music; Tessa Niles, isn’t she lovely, Ray Cooper the percussions magician, a showman on his own, the man is from another planet, Andy Fairweather Low, they can’t do anything without him, Steve Ferrone, the frenchiest of them all,and the rest of the band is as exceptional, I love all these people, this concert should be entirely available everywhere.

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  2. dr blues
    #2 dr blues 18 February, 2017, 05:04

    why are you reporting this now? those clips were uploaded on George’s last birthday, 29 Nov 2016, for his birthday, isn’t that a good enough reason?

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 18 February, 2017, 08:23

      If you look at the # of views for most of them, you’ll see that many have barely been seen. As of Feb. 18, several have less than 1000 views on YouTube. From what we know, there was no announcement that they were being brought back and that’s we wanted to call attention to it. And Nov. 29, 2016 marked the 15th anniversary of his death, not his birthday.

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  3. JWL
    #3 JWL 4 March, 2017, 19:09

    When I noticed the promos five weeks after his anniversary, I thought “funny, I didn’t see any news on them”. But later realized, I wasn’t the only one, upon finally seeing the online reports. Like George, they seemed to have wanted very little to no attention.

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