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RIP George Harrison
Country.com mourns the loss of George Harrison, who died Thursday (Nov. 29) at age 58 in Los Angeles. Throughout his life, the ex-Beatle expressed great admiration for country and rockabilly pickers such as Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins. Harrison's guitar of choice during the Beatles' rise to fame in 1963 and 1964 was a 1962 Chet Atkins "Country Gentleman" Gretsch. He played the guitar when the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Atkins, who died in July, never met Harrison, but he did record a full album of Beatles songs, Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles, released in 1966, for which Harrison wrote the liner notes. Countless other country artists -- songwriters, singers and musicians alike -- acknowledge the Beatles' influence. Willie Nelson, Charley Pride and Steve Wariner were among those who contributed to a 1995 album, Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles, on Liberty Records. Tanya Tucker recorded Harrison's "Something" for the set. The Beatles' best-known foray into country was their cover of Johnny Russell's "Act Naturally," a pop hit for the quartet in 1965. Harrison's distinctive guitar work shines on the recording. 11/30/01

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