George Harrison: the Underrated Beatle

George Harrison: the Underrated Beatle

"There are several things about George that sometimes get overlooked."

John Travolta said not long ago that he has a dinner party trick that always initiates a fascinating conversation. He says, “Everyone’s a Beatle. Which one are you?” Did you choose George Harrison? Perhaps not because he is one of the most underrated and lesser understood Beatles. Yet, he is also one of the most fascinating and most talented members of the fab four.
 
George achieved pop music success again in the 1980s as a solo artist. In fact, many children of the 1980s like myself knew him from such songs as “Got My Mind Set On You" before we discovered the joy of the Beatles’ music. Other popular music he recorded as a solo artist include “When We Was Fab,” which was a nod to when the Beatles were together and being called the Fab Four.
There are several things about George that sometimes get overlooked. Paul McCartney is probably the Beatle who is most outspoken about his vegetarian beliefs, even supporting his late wife, Linda, in a line of vegetarian frozen meals, and the couple often spoke publicly about the importance of vegetarianism for animals, people and the planet. However, few people realize that George was actually the first Beatle to go vegetarian in 1968, and he remained a vegetarian until his death in 2001. 
 
George cared deeply for animal rights. He was also passionate about human rights. He was very supportive of the civil rights movement, and he continued to work for peace all his life. The George Harrison Humanitarian Fund for UNICEF still does work to help people around the world.
 
Another little known fact about George is that he has written some of the Beatles’ best-loved tunes. Yes, John Lennon and Paul McCartney are known for writing most of the music, but George is a skilled songwriter in his own right. He penned such classics as “Here Comes the Sun.”