Tributes to the Beatles
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Although The Beatles were a quartet, only two of the original members remain. John Lennon was murdered in December 1980 and George Harrison succumbed to lung cancer in 2001. There have been numerous tributes to both of them.
Lennon was murdered in New York City by Mark David Chapman, who had a been a huge childhood fan of The Beatles. After his death, a crowd gathered in mourning to pay tribute to him in ten minutes of silence as requested by his widow, Yoko Ono.
"All Those Years Ago"
George Harrison had written "All Those Years ago" before the death of Lennon. The lyrics were originally different, however, upon hearing the news of Lennon's death, Harrison changed the lyrics and rewrote the song as a tribute to John. Surviving Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, along with McCartney's wife Linda, and Wings member, Denny Laine contributed to the recording.
McCartney recorded his own personal tribute to Lennon, titled "Here Today," on his 1982 album, Tug of War. McCartney had been affected by Lennon's death to the extent that he became reluctant about touring.
Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur
In 2006 a selection of modern recording artists released versions of Lennon's songs on a charitable album called Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, named after a John Lennon song. Performers included U2, Lenny Kravitz, The Cure, Green Day, R.E.M., Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, and The Black Eyed Peas, among others. U2 recorded the title track.
The GDR rock band Die Puhdys dedicated Lennon their song "Hey John", performed and recorded in 1981. The band describes their fan feelings about John Lennon, especially to his song "Give peace a chance". The song contains a John-Lennon-sample from "Give peace a chance" and "Imagine".
"Roll On John"
Lennon has been the subject of numerous posthumous awards. His album Double Fantasy was awarded a 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and a 1982 Brit Award for outstanding contribution to music. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lennon in sixth place in a countdown of the greatest artists of all time and Lennon's song "Imagine" was voted the third greatest song of all time. Several posthumous compilation albums have been released, such as Lennon Legend and Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon.
George Harrison died from lung cancer on 29 November 2001. Tributes were performed by some of the most well known musicians of the time.
Concert for George
A year after his death Harrison's friends commemorated him in a tribute concert held at Albert Hall. The show featured musicians Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, and Paul McCartney among others. Harrison's son Dhani performed, playing the guitar. Jim Keltner, a session drummer who had played with Harrison in the Traveling Wilburys, also appeared.
"Never Without You"
Other post-death recognition
A year after Harrison's death, his final album, Brainwashed, was released. The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992, a compilation set of a selection of his albums, was released in 2004. Harrison was voted the 21st greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Film director Martin Scorsese directed a feature length documentary about Harrison's life, George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011).
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