LONDON, ENGLAND August 1 is now designated George Harrison Day, at least in Liverpool; it should be celebrated everywhere.
There is currently an on-line petition to establish a world-wide George Harrison Day. When Harrison received his "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 14, 2009, it was declared George Harrison Day in Los Angeles. A world-wide day of remembrance and recognition of his contributions would serve to combine all of the separate celebrations into one.
Harrison died on November 29, 2001 due to cancer.
Although technically Harrison was never knighted, he was highly commended for his contributions to the arts. In October 1965, the members of the Beatles were all awarded Member of the British Empire medals. When Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his "services to music" on March 11th 1997, he dedicated his knighthood to his fellow Beatles, Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.
The "For George" concert, which commemorates the anniversary of George Harrison's own Concerts for Bangladesh, has two performances on August 1. The concert ties in with a special exhibition in memory of George at the same venue, which can be seen for seven weeks beginning August 1. Profits will go to the charity established by Harrison, the Material World Charitable Foundation.
The Concert For Bangladesh was the event title for two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held on August 1, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Organized for the relief of East Pakistani refugees, it was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in world history and featured an all-star supergroup of performers.
An album was released later in 1971 and a concert film was released in 1972. The opening of the film features footage from a press conference in which Harrison is asked: "With all the enormous problems in the world, how did you happen to choose this one to do something about?"
"Because I was asked by a friend if I would help, you know, that's all," was Harrison's simple reply.
The concert raised $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
Harrison was the original King of Caring, and he continues to contribute to the world long after his original concert and, through his charity, most likely will long after his death, unlike performers and promoters who are mainly concerned with profits and image.
In his life, Harrison did not seek titles or recognition for his good deeds, unlike the self-titled King of Pop. Harrison did not have to force accolades; they came naturally.
The King of Pop is Dead.
Long Live the memory of the King of Caring!