“Try to realize it’s all within yourself”
Born in Liverpool, England on February 25, 1943, Harrison attended the Liverpool Institute, where he met future band mate Paul McCartney. Harrison was invited to join a local band called the Quarry Men, which eventually evolved into the Beatles. He was a skilled guitarist and creative soloist, and also contributed to the Beatles' albums with his unique song-writing. Harrison was always known as the quiet, introspective member of the group, and as a result, his creative efforts were often dismissed by the rest of the band. There was an intermittent aura of tension between Harrison and the rest of the Beatles, prompting him several times to threaten to leave the group.
In 1970 came the break-up of the Beatles, leaving Harrison to begin his solo career. Because the Beatles had always been reluctant to record his songs, after they broke up Harrison was left with an enormous collection of his own unreleased material to draw from.
“Try to realize it’s all within yourself,” sings George Harrison in the Beatles song Within You Without You, “no one else can make you change.” These lyrics represent a motto clearly embodied by the guitarist throughout his life. Often pushed out of the spotlight by other band members and contemporaries, Harrison continued to create beautiful music, never relinquishing himself to others.