During his days in The Beatles, George Harrison was often overlooked. That was the cool Beetle, but it just wasn’t true. George didn’t start out as the strongest songwriter, but his songwriting skills skyrocketed halfway through his time as the Beatle. When he began his solo career, he became the first Beatle to snag a No. 1 song as a solo artist. Later, his career only got better and better.
However, being one of the best recording artists and the Beatle, George did not believe that fans would remember him after his departure. His wife, Olivia, says it’s impossible, but it’s also a very George thing to think about.
George Harrison Didn’t Expect To Be Remembered
talking to LA Times About the legacy of George’s debut album, all things Must PassOlivia said she didn’t think her husband ever thought fans would miss him. She said that George never really concerned himself with his legacy.
he knew all things Must Pass “It matters to people. He knew it helped people in his life – people wrote to him, they told him. And he said, ‘Even if it’s a person, it helps someone , so it’s great.’ But he was not worried about how he would be remembered, ”said Olivia.
Reflecting on George’s thoughts on his legacy, Olivia couldn’t believe she didn’t expect to be remembered. She continued, “It’s not that he didn’t want to be remembered, but he didn’t expect to be remembered. Which I always thought was impossible.”
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Throughout his lifetime, George questioned why we were all placed on this planet. He searched for answers in various religions and spirituality. At the time of his death, many believe he had found his answers.
One night, George read to his wife a poem by the Indian poet Tagore, saying, “Blessed is he whose fame does not outweigh his truth.” Olivia read that quote to an audience when George was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, three years after his death.
He continued to say that no one is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not because of their fame, but because they express their truth in their music. George always tried to write songs that he knew would mean something for years to come. Despite his immense fame, his truths will never be “outdone or forgotten.”
However, even though George was less concerned about materialistic things and his fame, he left a vast legacy almost as big as The Beatles. Olivia has preserved that legacy for years.
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Olivia Harrison Keeps Her Husband’s Legacy Alive
Since her husband’s death, Olivia has worked with the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, to keep the Beatles legacy alive. She has been there for every event, every ceremony, and holds the torch for her husband in every aspect. In addition to becoming almost like a Beatle ambassador through marriage, Olivia has worked very hard to keep George’s solo career alive as well.
He has remastered most of his classic albums and spent four years updating George’s memoir, I me MineWith new lyrics, writing, photos and a new cover. She also released a 13-album vinyl box set, George Harrison—The Vinyl Collection.
So it’s safe to say that Olivia will never let George’s legacy die or fans will forget her. Maybe she and her son Dhani were the only ones on this earth who really loved George, but Olivia loves George’s music as much as she loves him. His music is his extension.