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Six Degrees of George Harrison
« on: August 17, 2008, 06:18:00 PM »
One thing I've always thought was kind of cool is how so many of my favorite artists are connected in some way.  It seems that all of them know each other or something.  As a matter of fact, just about all of them can be linked to George Harrison in some way.  Allow me to show you the extent of this great interlinkage that I like to call "the George Harrison connection" (artist names are in bold the first time they appear).


Now, if you have ever heard a note of music in your life, you know that George Harrison was a member of the Beatles (he's my favorite Beatle, BTW).  Obviously, this links him to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.  By extension, it also links him to the Moody Blues via Denny Laine (who was in Wings).  Another member of the Moody Blues was Patrick Moraz, who was the keyboardist for Yes between 1974 and 1976.


In addition to being a Beatle, Harrison was also in the Traveling Wilburys, whose members included such luminaries as:

- Jeff Lynne (of The Move and Electric Light Orchestra fame)
- Bob Dylan (who can be linked to friend and collaborator Johnny Cash, in addition to The Band and the Grateful Dead)
- Tom Petty (who once recorded a duet with Stevie Nicks)
- Roy Orbison (I can't think of any connections off the top of my head)


George was also best friends with Eric Clapton, the Jesus Christ of Guitar-Playing (not to mention boning).  Among the many musicians have had the honor of being bandmates with God:

- The Yardbirds (including his eventual replacements Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, who, as everyone knows, was in Led Zeppelin)
- Cream (including Jack Bruce, who played bass on the album Apostrophe for Frank Zappa, who was friends with Captain Beefheart and Alice Cooper, and whose son Dweezil played guitar for Weird Al Yankovic on the song "Genius in France")
- Derek and the Dominoes (including Dwayne Allman, who can be linked to Derek Trucks, Steve Miller and Zakk Wylde via the Allman Brothers Band)
- John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (in which he would be replaced by Peter Green, who would go on to be a founding member of Fleetwood Mac)
- Blind Faith (including Steve Winwood, who was a member of Traffic and the Spencer Davis Group).


Clapton has also befriended or collaborated with the following musicians:

- J.J. Cale was a huge influence on his solo career, and collaborated with Clapton on the album The Road to Escondido
- B.B. King played with him on the album Riding With the King.
- Pete Townshend helped orchestrate his 1973 comeback performance known as the Rainbow Concert.  This means that he can be linked to The Who.
- Robert Cray
- Chaka Khan (no, seriously - she collaborated on his 1989 album Journeyman)
- Phil Collins, who, unfortunately, had a heavy hand in influencing his sound during the '80s. On the plus side, this connects him to Genesis (and Peter Gabriel by extension).


I'm pretty sure there's more, but I think I've made my point.  And now I'd like to start a little game.  I call it "Six Degrees of George Harrison."  The object is to link an artist to George Harrison using six steps or fewer.  I'll be generous and let you use covers of another artist's song as a valid connection.

Let's start with something hard...how about ABBA?
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2008, 08:21:36 PM »
I'd also like to point out that George Harrison was one of the men behind Handmade Films, which did Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, and countless others.  He could probably be linked to half of Hollywood pretty easily, too.  :)


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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 04:08:22 AM »
Orbison's connections could well be covered by the fact that he was part of the formative Sun Records years which frequently paired up artists in their roster.  This would establish a connection to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf (who did a record with a couple of the Stones), and Johnny Cash.
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 06:28:21 AM »
I'd also like to point out that George Harrison was one of the men behind Handmade Films, which did Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, and countless others.  He could probably be linked to half of Hollywood pretty easily, too.  :)

Oh yeah not fond of the Beetles, love Harrison though, not least because he brought us this:



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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 06:44:25 AM »
Chess which featured Murray Head
Murray Head was Judas in the original (and best) recording of Jesus Christ Superstar which featured Ian Gillan as Jesus
Ian Gillan was in Deep Purple with Richie Blackmore after Rod Evans left
Richie Blackmore's career really kicked off when he bought one of Eric Clapton's cast off Stratocasters*
Eric Clapton was pals (well except for the stealing of the missus part) with George Harrison

Ooh did it in five :)

*OK he bought it from a roadie that worked for Clapton so that might be the weakest link in the chain.

EDIT: Though i just realized I could do it in four.

Ian Gillan was in Deep Purple with Jon Lord after Rod Evans left
Jon Lord played on Harrison's 1982 album Gone Troppo
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 06:00:30 PM »
I can even link my Dad with George Harrison.

George Harrison played in the Beatles, along with Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr once sat in for the drummer in my Dad's band in Butlins.  Yes, they were THAT desperate.

Done!  :)


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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008, 07:29:59 PM »
Your dad was a redcoat?


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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2008, 07:33:33 PM »
No, he was a bass player.  :)

He was a in a band in the 60s.  It didn't get anywhere, but he and Ringo happened to cross whilst "The Delinquents" were performing there.


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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2008, 09:16:24 PM »
Very interesting, mrbasehart.  Now, let's go with something REALLY difficult.  I challenge anyone here to find a way to link My Chemical Romance to George Harrison.  Besides "George Harrison was talented and My Chemical Romance is not."
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2008, 05:14:24 AM »
Six degrees yes?

Ok *cracks knuckles*

1. My Chemical Romance was the opening band for Green Day on the American Idiot tour
2. Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day was in the backing band for Iggy Pop on his Skull Ring album
3. In 1977 Iggy Pop wrote and produced The Idiot and Lust for LifeBorn To Boogie
6. Ringo Starr was not the best drummer in the Beatles with George Harrison.
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2008, 10:31:13 AM »
Six degrees yes?

Ok *cracks knuckles*

1. My Chemical Romance was the opening band for Green Day on the American Idiot tour
2. Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day was in the backing band for Iggy Pop on his Skull Ring album
3. In 1977 Iggy Pop wrote and produced The Idiot and Lust for LifeBorn To Boogie
6. Ringo Starr was not the best drummer in the Beatles with George Harrison.


AWESOME!  I tip my hat to you, sir! :clap:
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2008, 10:32:51 AM »
And the thing is, I really only had to look up MCR, the rest I knew (though I did need to look up dates). Ithankyou  ;D

Go on throw out another, this is fun.


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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008, 10:36:59 AM »
Okay...how 'bout Snoop Dogg?
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2008, 10:39:17 AM »
Sure?

I think I can do that one in under six but let me have a think.

Here we go:

1. Snoop was in The L Word playing Slim Daddy
2. A regular cast member on The L word is Jennifer Beals
3. Jennifer Beals appeared in The Bride with Sting
4. Sting performed at Live Aid, as did Paul McCartney
5. McCartney was in a little know group from Liverpool that also featured George  Harrison
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Re: Six Degrees of George Harrison
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2008, 11:19:22 AM »
Interesting.  I was sure that it would end up going through Blues Brothers 2000 in some way.  I guess not.
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