George Harrison Tribute Album

George Harrison Tribute Album To Feature Dave Davies, Roger McGuinn, Julian Lennon & Others
Fri Sep 6, 8:57 PM ET

(9/6/02, 6 p.m. ET) -- A tribute album to the late George Harrison will be released on February 25, which would have been his 60th birthday. Koch Records is assembling the record under the banner Songs From The Material World, and it will feature cover versions of Harrison and Beatles songs by artists including Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies, Byrds leader Roger McGuinn, Mountain singer-guitarist Leslie West, and Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitarist Peter Green.

LAUNCH has learned that McGuinn will record the Rubber Soul track "If I Needed Someone," and that "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" will be an all-star affair, although no names were available at press time.

Others scheduled to take part in the project include Julian Lennon, Todd Rundgren, Bonnie Bramlett, Al Kooper, former Black Crowes lead guitarist Marc Ford, former Thin Lizzy and Ultravox guitarist Midge Ure, the MC5's Wayne Kramer, Simon Townshend, Donovan, ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett, and the groups Masters Of Reality, the Smithereens, and They Might Be Giants.

A portion of the album's proceeds will go to the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music-industry charity that raises money for the fight against cancer, leukemia, and AIDS ( news - web sites).

Harrison died after a long battle with cancer on November 29, 2001.

-- Bruce Simon, New York

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