The Bicycle Music Company is pleased to announce that it has entered into exclusive worldwide publishing agreements with the Estate of George Harrison, including the Harrisongs catalogue, as well as the works of Dhani Harrison.
The agreement covers legendary George Harrison’s deep well of classic songs from The Beatles’ White Album, Abbey Road and Let It Be, including evergreens such as “ While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes The Sun” and “Something”, and Harrison’s array of solo works beginning with his monumental triple record set, All Things Must Pass (1970), which topped the charts and featured songs like “What Is Life”, “I’d Have You Anytime”, “Isn’t It A Pity” and the first number one song by a former Beatle, “My Sweet Lord”. Throughout the next few decades Harrison released nine chart-topping solo albums from Living In The Material World (1973) through to Brainwashed (2002), with a string of hit singles including “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”, “Crackerbox Palace”, “Blow Away”, “When We Was Fab” and “All Those Years Ago”.
Also included are Harrison’s contributions by The Traveling Wilburys, the unassuming yet undeniable super-band he formed in 1987 with his pals Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, who collectively churned out two albums full of much loved songs like “End of the Line” and “Handle With Care”.
George Harrison scored music for the film Wonderwall (1968), and Dhani, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist in his own right, now carries that torch, having scored the 2012 film Beautiful Creatures with his band thenewno2. In addition to thenewno2 albums , Dhani has recorded as Fistful of Mercy with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur, releasing the 2010 album, As I Call You Down on Dhani’s own Hot Records Ltd. His further film and television scores include The Divide, Seattle Road and Learning To Drive.
In addition to being one of very few of the royal class of twentieth century music icons, George Harrison is an original rock humanitarian. In 1971 Harrison envisioned and organized the first ever benefit concert that had global magnitude, The Concert For Bangladesh. Far ahead of its time and with a mission to raise international awareness and fund relief for East Pakistan refugees, the concert featured a supergroup that included fellow, former Beatle Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and a host of other notable musicians who performed many of Harrison’s songs of the era and resulted in a bestselling album and feature film.
On September 28, 2014, Dhani organized the star-studded concert event, George Fest: A Night To Remember The Music Of George Harrison, which was filmed and recorded at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and featured a who’s who of contemporary musicians to pay tribute to their favorite Harrison songs. In aid of Harrison’s charity, The Material World Foundation, the concert will be available in all physical and digital formats on February 26, 2016.
At over 400 songs between these catalogues, Bicycle’s oversight also includes certain songs of Ravi Shankar and Dark Horse Records artists Attitudes, Splinter and the Stairsteps, as well as the scores to various films produced by Harrison.