Fans paid tribute to George Harrison yesterday, November 29, 2014, outside Capitol Records in Hollywood, California. It was the 13th anniversary of his death in 2001. On this warm and sunny southern California day, fans flocked to the memorial at noon.Pat Tyson was present and sent the John Lennon Examiner a report of the festivities and photos.
Harry Bluebond emceed the event in place of Jerry Rubin, who could not attend. Pat said, “Harry did a great job. Chris Carter (Breakfast With the Beatles at KLOS) also could not attend. Councilman Tom LaBonge (4th District – L.A.) greeted the fans and said that George’s tree in Griffith Park will be reseeded very soon. The original tree (planted in 2003) succumbed to the elements last year – a victim of insect infestation, drought, etc. So that was good news! Tom also said that it was George who first introduced the idea of a benefit concert for those less fortunate (i.e., The Concert For Bangladesh), which drew an enthusiastic response from the attendees! Tom LaBonge applauded this and suggested we joined hands around George’s star and sang, ‘Give Me Love.’ It was very moving.”
Among the fans who performed and sang were Zane Suarez, Jason Adams, and a duo named Jewels and Johnny Nation who sang an original composition entitled, “When Harrison Hit The Haight”, a song that refers to George’s visit to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the Summer of Love 1967.
Pat continued, “A fan by the name of Mary Martin passed along a George Harrison ‘acknowledgment book’ that has the Dark Horse logo on the front. Fans wrote messages to George in the book. Steve Cohen from The Village Pizzeria supplied several pizza pies to the crowd. He was also interviewed by a TV reporter and said he was one of the lucky ones to attend the ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ in 1971 (Harry Bluebond also shares this distinction). Tom LaBonge applauded George for being the first to introduce the charity benefit to the world. Thanks so much to Cathy Krager who brought the music for the event and the microphone. All-in-all it was a lovely day and a lovely tribute for George!”
Many thanks to Pat Tyson for her wonderful report and great photos!
John Lennon Candlelight Remembrance announced:
Jerry Rubin has written to let us know that the John Lennon Annual Public Memorial Candlelight Remembrance will take place Monday, December 8, 2014 at Lennon’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (See article listed below.)