George Harrison, the “quiet Beatle,” was remembered at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 2:00pm. It’s hard to believe that it’s been fourteen years since George passed away in Los Angeles on this day in 2001 after a long bout with throat cancer. Harrison was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England. The event was sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group. The Los Angeles branch of this organization is headed by peace activist Jerry Rubin, who has organized the annual Harrison and John Lennon birthday and memorial events for many years. Pat Tyson sent the Seattle Rock Music Examiner photos from the event as well her wonderful description of the gathering.
Pat Tyson reported, “It was a small group yesterday for George, probably due to it being Thanksgiving weekend, and the fact that the Hollywood Christmas Parade was about to take place just around the corner at 5:00; some of the streets were cordoned off. Dennis Garling who polishes the Beatles’ stars presided, alongside Cathy Krager who provided the sound system.
“Chris Carter addressed the crowd and was beaming! He told us with great enthusiasm that he had received a surprise phone call from Olivia Harrison thanking him for paying tribute to George on his show ‘Breakfast With the Beatles’ that morning! Chris also relayed a story of a hospice nurse who contacted Chris shortly after George died. She told him that the atmosphere in the home where George died was very peaceful and beautiful on November 29, 2001. Everything was white….carpet, curtains, etc. Ravi Shankar and other guests were there. She told Chris that George transitioned very peacefully.”
Zane Suarez, Michael Culhane, and Jason Adams, as well as Stan Morrill performed Harrison and Beatles music for the crowd. “Jason sang ‘Within You and Without You and put his heart and soul into it, and Jason, Stan and Michael did a moving rendition of ‘I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends’” Pat wrote. “Harry Bluebond told the crowd about his experience attending ‘The Concert for Bangladesh’ in 1971. He said it was the ultimate testament to George that he was able to assemble all of those performers on such short notice.”
Pat also reported that Cynthia Brown, who wore all her Beatles buttons, told the crowd that the cover of the 1974 release of “Dark Horse” featured George as a child because he was known as the “dark horse” back then and was told he would never amount to very much by his teachers, adding, “Can you imagine such a thing?”
Many thanks to Pat for her photos and report of the event (see slideshow this page.)
The next event:
John Lennon will be remembered at this spot on December 8, 2015, on the 35th anniversary of his tragic death. The public gathering will take place from 6:00pm – 8:00pm that evening. Lennon’s star is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 Vine Street, Los Angeles 90028. For further event information visit the Beatles Memorial Celebrations- Hollywood CA Facebook page