Was George Harrison influenced by Don Rich?

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  1. dougstrum

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    My wife brought home the DVD "8 Days A Week" which was really fun watching.
    Yesterday while working in the shop, I was listening to Buck Owens.
    Could not help noticing similarities in their guitar playing. Could be just a
    similar time period, but couldn't help wondering if Don Rich had been one of
    Harrison's influences.
     
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    Absolutely, Georges intro to Act Naturally , is out of the buck Owens don rich text book.
     
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    I would say they influenced each other.
     
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    I would say he was more influenced by Carl Perkins.
     
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    Many, many years ago another guitarist/friend explained why so many of George's lead were so difficult to get "just right".....he came from a "rockabilly/country" background, rather than a "blues-based" one. And that made sense to me. Where most of my (and other people's) licks and lines were "in the box", George's were way out of it. Even to this day, some of the old Beatles leads are somewhat "elusive".
     
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    I have read that George referred to Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry as his main influences as a guitarist. It is not impossible that he too was aware of other players like Don Rich.
     
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    The ‘80’s Showtime production Carl Perkins and Friends is full of great moments. Harrison learned everynlick he could from Carl Perkins....here is a little bit of it. The whole concert is well worth watching.
     
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    Here is the most direct link between that Buck Owens/Don Rich ting and George Harrison. Of course, George’s love for Carl Perkins’ music had him in the country guitar world long before this song came about.



     
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    The Beatles requested copies of all Buck Owens albums as they came out.
     
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    Steal from one person it's plagiarism, but steal from many people and it's versatility.
     
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    I remember reading liner notes from back in the Stone Age, and recall Don in a couple of different places saying that the Beatles were his favorite group in "Pop Music," or something close to that.

    Here we are almost 50 years on, and I still occasionally wonder what a wonderful world of music Don Rich might have continued to give us...Sigh...
     
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    Just shows that Telecasters and motorcycles do NOT mix well.
     
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    You catch on quick for an old guy! :D
     
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    School teaches you a LOT of things when you're young...or...old.
     
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    Well, I tried my very best in school to stick with my major of chasin' women and drinking booze. Kind of hard to get a scholarship though too much competition.
     
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    Required homework ;).

    When George Harrison died, there was a full section of the local newspaper dedicated to his legacy.

    In the article there was a quote from some other legendary guitarist, which one I do not recall.

    After all these years, I can no longer find the AP article, nor remember the quote. But it went something like,

    George was never the best guitarist around...musically or technically. He wasn't the fastest or most accurate. But he always played what fit the song.

    P.S. The terms "newspaper" and "AP" refer to days before some of you members were born, when news used to be carried to us on giant sheets of flimsy paper, by actual human beings instead of this interwebs thing.
     
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    Don Rich, Duane Allman and Barry Oakley.....sad endings.

    I woke up in a hospital in June, 1980 with very serious injuries from a motorcycle accident.....all fault on me....and am lucky to be here. I still love to ride, but I don’t do it under the effects these days.
     
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    In the podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones, there is a pretty credible account given that Don Rich died as a result of a defective front wheel. His BAC in his autopsy was a crazy number that did not correspond with reality or the day he'd had according to witnesses. I tend to believe it was the wheel failure as well. I have been to the location and it makes the most sense.

    I think the influence of Buck Owens can never be credited enough. He was a true visionary and a great judge of talent and possibility. Don Rich was an amazing musician and combined, they were incredible. I have no doubt that someone like George would not have loved that music....
     
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    Yep. George was influenced by the best.

    Also : Steve Howe from Yes is an another incredibly American country/roots/Chet influenced player. Very noticeable and really makes that band imho.
     
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