For eight years, George Harrison hide in the shadows of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But since making the spotlight on the Beatles second album in 1963, Harrison continued contributing originally penned songs until the band finally called it quit in 1970. In the 1963 album With the Beatles, Harrison penned his first song Don’t Bother Me. He followed it up with I Need You that was included in the album Help and then You Like Me Too Much that would start the trend for him making more love songs.
As part of the Beatles, George Harrison contributed 22 songs, quite an outstanding peat for this “quiet Beatle.” His songs include: Don’t Bother Me (1963), You Like Me Too Much (1965), Think for Yourself (1965), If I Needed Someone (1965), I Need You (1965), Love You To (1966), Taxman (1966), I Want to Tell You (1966), Blue Jay Way (1967), Within You Without You (1967), The Inner Light (1968), It’s All Too Much (1968), Long, Long, Long (1968), Only a Northern Song (1968), Piggies (1968), Savoy Truffle (1968), Old Brown Shoe (1969), Something (1969), Here Comes The Sun (1969), For You Blue (1970), I Me Mine (1970).
George Harrison died of cancer on 29 November 2001.
Here are some of George Harrison’s greatest songs:
“I Need You” – from the album Help! (1965)
This song is simple where Harrison first introduced a volume pedal to his guitar. Some thought that the lyrics was about George relationship with Pattie Boyd.
“Taxman” – from the album Revolver (1966)
George Harrison was inspired to write this song when he discovered how much he was earning. George did the vocals with John Lennon.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” - from the album The White Album (1968)
A rock ballad song where George did the lead guitar and Eric Clapton played lead guitar on the album version of the song.
“Here Comes The Sun” – from the album Abbey Road (1969)
One of Harrison’s best-known Beatles contributions alongside Something, he and close friend Eric Clapton collaborated to write this song. HE did the lead vocals and played lead with an acoustic guitar.
“Something” - from the album Abbey Road (1969)
It was George Harrison’s first song to appear on the A-side of a Beatles single. He did the lead vocals and played lead guitar. This song with more than 150 versions is the second most covered Beatles song after “Yesterday”