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George Harrison's Jukebox

George Harrison's Jukebox

While each of the Beatles had individual tastes when it came to the music of others and each his favoured artists, it was George who enthusiastically wore these influences on his sleeve and championed said artists most keenly.
While, as with most musicians from his generation, George was moved radically by the dawn of Rock & Roll, in addition to the obvious Elvis influence he was touched specifically by the music of Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers and Duane Eddy - along with home-grown talent from the likes of Lonnie Donegan and Joe Brown. Later on of course, Harrison became hugely interested in Eastern culture and spirituality and probably gained more personal insight from the music and teachings of his friend and mentor Ravi Shankar a master of Indian stringed instruments such as the sitar - than he did by just about anyone else.
But George never took himself or the world around him too seriously and throughout his life was a lover of great comedy, from the Goons to Monty Python. He adored the humorous songs and accompanying ukulele sound that George Formby performed in the 1940s along with the more sophisticated humour of the American comedian who played a posh-Englishman, Lord Buckley, during the beat era.
And while perhaps not as keen an RnB fan as his band mate John Lennon, he adored the sounds and songs of Smokey Robinson. Interestingly too this collection also gives space to two writers and musicians who not only provided enormous inspiration for Harrison, but who were both later bought together with George in the short lived Travelling Wilburys Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.

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