Just got around to watching the new HBO documentary directed by Martin Scorsese about "The Quiet Beatle." I've always had an appreciation for George Harrison's talents, but I came to admire him more as a person after watching the film. There's a lot of footage that was new to me, and Scorsese and his editor made some nice choices. Harrison seemed the most genuine of the Fab Four--certainly more so than Paul McCartney, who can't seem to help himself, even when praising his former mate. Ringo tells some nice tales, particularly about his final moments with George.
Harrison's widow, Olivia Arias, was a co-executive producer of the film. She was born in Mexico City, but raised in L.A. Arias famously helped fight off the attacker who broke into their home and assaulted Harrison in late 1999. (It's not recounted in the doc but, soon after the incident, Tom Petty reportedly sent Harrison a fax that said: "Aren't you glad you married a Mexican girl?")
I learned that Harrison invited Eric Clapton to play on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"--one of the few times that an outsider played on a Beatles record. It's my favorite Harrison song, and here's Todd Rundgren's version from a tribute album. It's a pretty faithful rendition, but Rundgren totally shreds the guitar solo.