The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that George Harrison will be one of the seven artists honoured at the Nineteenth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Jackson Browne, The Dells, Prince, Bob Seger, Traffic and ZZ Top will also be inducted at the ceremony, which will be held March 15, 2004 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
From his 1971 album All Things Must Pass, to 2002’s Brainwashed, Harrison also proved to be a compelling solo artist. He was, in fact, the first Beatle to have a #1 single as a solo artist (My Sweet Lord’ from All Things Must Pass). His spirituality and humanitarianism were central to both his life and his work. In 1971, Harrison organized rock’s first major charity event, The Concert for Bangladesh. The event—and the resulting film and Grammy-winning triple-album—raised money for the famine-ravaged nation.
After a steady string of solo albums, Harrison struck a chord with the MTV generation in 1987 with the multi-Platinum album Cloud Nine. He recorded two albums with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty as The Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, but his next—and final – solo album of new material would not appear until 2002. He worked on the album Brainwashed with son Dhani Harrison and long-time friend Jeff Lynne up until two months before his passing on November 29, 2001. The album, completed by Lynne and the younger Harrison, was released the following November to widespread critical acclaim.
Harrison was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of the Beatles.