5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About George Harrison

On November 29, 2001, English musician and songwriter George Harrison died at the age of 58. Here are 5 surprising facts you probably didn’t about this legendary musician...


Harrison's Death Location Was Kept Secret at First Harrison's death location has pretty much been agreed upon now, but when he first died, all anyone really knew was that it happened in Los Angeles. The first address was listed as somewhere in Beverly Hills but didn't actually exist, and there were also claims he died at the home of his friend, Gavin De Becker, a security expert, on Laurel Canyon. Eventually, Gloria Allred sued for the release of the true address, claiming it was a matter of integrity for public records. It's now accepted that Harrison died at a home owned by Paul McCartney in Los Angeles. The cover-up may have been done for security reasons, to avoid having fans gather in a residential neighborhood and possibly vandalize the area in an attempt to get memorabilia.

He Could Play 26 Instruments  he wide-variety of instruments can be heard throughout the many solo and Beatles albums that Harrison has appeared on. He could play all of the following: Guitar, Sitar, 4-string Guitar, Arp Bass, Violin, Tamboura, Dobro, Tabla, Organ, Piano, Moog Synthesizer, Harmonica, Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Claves, African drum, Conga drum, Tympani, Ukulele, Mandolin, Marimba, Bass Guitar, Swordmandel, and Jal-Tarang.


He Paid $4 Million To See a Movie  When Monty Python’s classic feature The Life of Brian was days away from filming, their production company abruptly pulled the plug due to the potentially blasphemous nature of the script. Harrison was such a huge fan of Monty Python that he mortgaged his home, lending $4 million to the production of the movie.  “He paid for it because he wanted to see it,” Python member Eric Idle recalled. “The most anybody’s ever paid for a cinema ticket in history.”

His Date Of Birth Is Often Disputed For most of his life, Harrison thought his birthday was February 25th. You’ll find most books and biographies state this date. However, near the end of his life, Harrison insisted that he was born on February 24th, 1943 at 11:50PM. A family document has revealed this to be true.

He Wrote a Song About His House  After buying a mansion with 120 rooms in 1970, Harrison wrote a song entitled “Crackerbox Palace,” which is the name he gave his home. He also wrote a song about the mansion’s original owner, Sir Frank Crisp, called “The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp.” The neo-Gothic/Victorian house features, caves, grottos, underground passages and gnomes as well as extensive gardens.