GRIFFITH PARK—On November 29, a throng of dedicated fans paid tribute to Beatles’ singer lead guitarist, George Harrison, on the 13th anniversary of his death.
Memorial services took place outside the iconic Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood, where Harrison’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star was dedicated in 2009.
Fourth district Councilman Tom Labonge met with fans and reassured them that Harrison’s tree, which was planted in Griffith Park (falling within Councilmember Labonge’s district) 12 years ago in Harrison’s honor—and has since succumbed to the elements—will be reseeded.
Councilmember Labonge once told a crowd of Harrison fans that, “Sadly, [Harrison] died in Los Angeles. But upon his demise, he became an angel in the City of Angels and we are forever grateful for his contributions to the world.”
“Instant Karma” journalist, Harry Bluebond, hosted the event in place of Jerry Rubin, who was unable to attend.
During the ceremony, supporters performed and sang. Among those fans were Zane Suarez, Jason Berk and duo music group called Jewels. Additionally, Jewels and Johnny Nation sang an original composition named, “When Harrison Hit the Haight,” which is based on Harrison’s trip to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the “Summer of Love” in 1967.
Regarding the event, Councilman Labonge told Canyon News that “it was very special to be there to remember one of the greatest Beatles of all time. But what was most special was to see so many citizens gathered to pay their respects for a man whose heart was dedicated to the people.”
Referring to his plans to reseed Harrison’s tree, Labonge revealed to Canyon News that he “is working with George Harrison’s family for a date that works for their schedule.”
He continued, “The most important step in order to prevent it from dying is more rain. California is currently in an epic drought, so rain is essential for not only this tree, but all trees in Griffith Park.”