Dhani Harrison (born August 1, 1978) is an English musician and the son of George Harrison of The Beatles. Dhani debuted as a professional musician when completing his father's final album Brainwashed after George's death in November 2001. Harrison formed his own band, thenewno2, in 2006.
Harrison's first name is pronounced similarly to the name Danny but with an aspirated 'd'. He is named after two notes of the Indian music scale, 'dha' and 'ni'.
After George's death from cancer on November 29 2001, Harrison, in collaboration with Jeff Lynne, completed George's final album, Brainwashed, which was released in 2002. He participated in a concert in George's memory organized by Eric Clapton, called Concert for George. The concert, which took place on the first anniversary of George's death, featured some of George's best friends: Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Joe Brown, and members of Monty Python. Harrison played backup acoustic guitar for most of the concert. Before the finale, Paul McCartney relayed to the audience, 'Olivia said that with Dhani up on stage, it looks like George stayed young and we all got old.'
In March 2006, Harrison made a guest appearance on Liam Lynch's Podcast Video Variety Show Lynchland. They performed a duet that will appear on an upcoming Lynch album. He also collaborated with Jakob Dylan on the John Lennon song, "Gimme Some Truth," for the Lennon tribute album, "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur", which was released June 12, 2007. Dhani has also been credited on two unreleased Traveling Wilburys tracks under the pseudonym Ayrton Wilbury, a tribute to Ayrton Senna.
In April 2006, it was announced that Harrison's band, "thenewno2" had begun to record music. The band later released a music video, "Choose What You're Watching", on its website. "thenewno2" features Harrison on lead guitar, synths and vocals and Oli Hecks on drums and synths. He also contributed to the 2007 EP by Heartstring Symphony, Rooney's 2007 cd Calling the World, a re-working of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" entitled "The Heart Gently Weeps", and the first single off of the Wu-Tang Clan's album, 8 Diagrams, released December 2007.
Harrison's mother is Olivia Trinidad Arias, a Californian of Mexican-American heritage, George Harrison's second wife. Harrison's parents married a month after his birth, on September 2. Harrison grew up with his parents in Henley-on-Thames, in Friar Park, the estate on which George had lived since 1970 and on which Harrison and his mother still reside.
One of Harrison's earlier memories, at the early age of 6, is receiving a drumming lesson from his father's friend, "Uncle" Ringo. He recalled that before the "lesson", he had been an avid drummer and had shown an immense amount of skill for a child his age. However, when Ringo began to play, the loud noise frightened him so terribly that he never used his drum kit again.
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