5 Things You May Not Know about George Harrison

February 24, 2016
George Harrison was the lead guitar player of the Beatles and is often called the Quiet Beatle, because he wasn't as noisy as the other ones. He was the most musically adventurous, introducing elements of Indian music to his songs.

George was born this week in 1943, so he's our FRiday feature and we'll be starting off every hour with one of George's Beatles songs, his solo work, or the Traveling Wilburys. Here are some things you may not have known about him.

1. He played lead guitar on the Cheech and Chong song "Basketball Jones."

2. He visited the United States before any of the other Beatles, visiting his sister Louise in Benton, Illinois, in September of 1963. Since the Beatles weren't known in America yet, George was able to  jam with local musicians, visit record stores and even camp in the Shawnee National Forest without being hassled by fans.

3. After he lost the "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine" lawsuit, he refused to allow the radio to be played in his house, so he wouldn't accidentally copy any one else's music.

4. George loved gardening and planting trees. He dedicated his memoir I Me Mine to "all gardeners everywhere."

5. George was the youngest Beatle, playing his first gigs with the guys when he was just 14. He was fascinated with Carl Perkins at the time, and for a while called himself "Carl Harrison."