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Dhani Harrison (Musician)

Updated on December 30, 2010

Dhani Harrison: Here comes George's son!

Dhani Harrison, son of legendary Beatle George Harrison and Olivia Trinidad Arias, is fast making a name for himself as a musician in his own right. He grew up with his parents in Henley-on-Thames in Friar Park, the estate on which George Harrison had lived since 1970.

Having been surrounded by music at an early age, it isn't surprising that he took an interest in it when he was young. His dad's bandmate, "uncle" Ringo Starr gave him drum lessons when he was 6 but he quit playing his drum kit as he grew older, choosing to pursue physics and industrial design at Brown University instead.

He only debuted as a professional musician after his father's passing in November 2001 when he entered the studio to complete his father's work on his final album "Brainwashed." Dhani eventually formed his own band thenewno2 in 2006 and has been making and playing beautiful music that his dad would've been proud of ever since.

Read on to learn more about Dhani Harrison and why he's a musician to watch, and on his own merit at that.

Photos on this page are from his band thenewno2's MySpace and Dhani's fan page on Myspace

Here Comes The Son - ...little darling.

George Harrison's bright and cheery "Here Comes The Sun" is among almost every fan's favorite Beatles song of all time, and naturally word play referencing his son Dhani Harrison can't be helped, especially now that he's following in his father's footsteps.

This video, accompanied by the song, shows Dhani and Sasha Pivovarova in a fashion shoot for Fashion Rocks 2008 recreating George & first wife Pattie Boyd's late 1960s look.

All about Dhani Harrison - In a nutshell.

"My son looks more like George Harrison than I do!" --George Harrison

Dhani Harrison (born 1 August 1978) is an English musician and the son of George Harrison of The Beatles. 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'. Harrison's name traditionally is pronounced, "Dhaa-Knee".

Dhani attended Badgemore Primary school in Henley-on-Thames, then Dolphin School near Twyford, a Montessori school. He later attended Shiplake College, also near Henley, where he showed a keen interest in rowing. Harrison is an alumnus of Brown University, where he studied physics and industrial design. After graduating from university, Harrison pursued a career as an aerodynamicist.

After George Harrison's death on 29 November 2001, Dhani, in collaboration with Jeff Lynne, completed George's final album, Brainwashed, which was released in 2002. He participated in the Concert for George on the first anniversary of George's death. The concert was organized by Eric Clapton and featured some of George's friends and collaborators, including Clapton, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, and Paul McCartney. Dhani played backup acoustic guitar for most of the concert. Before the finale, McCartney relayed to the audience, "Olivia said that with Dhani up on stage, it looks like George stayed young and we all got old".

Soon after, Dhani 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 on 12 June 2007.

In April 2006, it was announced that Harrison's band, thenewno2 had begun recording. The band features Harrison on lead guitar, synthesiser and vocals and Oli Hecks on drums and synths. He also contributed to the 2007 EP by Heartstring Symphony and Rooney's 2007 CD Calling the World. He was involved in a re-working of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" entitled "The Heart Gently Weeps", which was the first single on the Wu-Tang Clan's album, 8 Diagrams, released in December 2007.

thenewno2's debut album, You Are Here was released online on 11 August 2008 and in stores on 31 March 2009.The song "Yomp" was featured as a downloadable song for the Rock Band series, and "Crazy Tuesday" was featured as one of the 20 free songs that were downloadable with the purchase of Rock Band 2.

On 14 April 2009, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce posthumously awarded George Harrison a star on the Walk of Fame. After Olivia Harrison gave a short speech about her late husband, Dhani Harrison uttered the "Hare Krishna" mantra.

Source: Wikipedia. Find out more about Dhani Harrison and thenewno2 on the following websites.

Dhani's band thenewno2

Dhani's band thenewno2
Dhani's band thenewno2

Listen to thenewno2's debut album "You Are Here"

thenewno2 (pronounced "the new number two") is the alternative rock band that Dhani formed with his good friend Oliver Hecks in 2006, with Harrison playing lead guitar and singing lead vocals, and Hecks playing drums and synthesizer. As of mid 2009, the live band changed its formation and currently features Harrison, Jon Sadoff, Jeremy Faccone, Nick Fyffe, and Frank Zummo.

Track listiing:

1. So Vain

2. Back to You

3. Give You Love

4. Bluesy

5. Yomp

6. Hiding Out

7. Crazy Tuesday

8. Idle Lover

9. Shelter

10. Wind Up Dead

11. People

12. Another John Doe

13. Jokes on You

14. You Gotta Wait

15. Life Off

My 5 favorite tracks are: Idle Lover, Back to You, Give Your Love, Bluesy, and Wind Up Dead

Watch the video for "Choose What You're Watching" - One of thenewno2's first singles.

Below is the video for one of the songs from Danni's band thenewno2's entitled "Choose What You're Watching". It was directed and designed by Danni's friend and thenewno2 collaborator Oliver Hecks.

Watch the video for "Another John Doe" - Another song off thenewno2's album "You Are Here"

The following is a video of another song off thenewho's debut album "You Are Here", designed and directed by Dhanni's good friend and collaborator Oliver Hecks.

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Watch videos of Dhani Harrison's and thenewno2's performances - See Dhani in his element.

Experience more of Dhani Harrison's music - Check out some of the albums he was involved in.

Let it Roll: Songs by George Harrison - Listen to Dhani's legendary father's wonderful music.

Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison
Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison

“Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison is a gathering of material that is the first to span Harrison’s entire solo recording career, including the #1 Billboard Pop singles “My Sweet Lord,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),” and “Got My Mind Set On You." Let It Roll also features live recordings of three timeless Harrison-penned Beatles songs, “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Here Comes The Sun,” from his 1971 all-star Concert For Bangladesh benefit at Madison Square Garden. A must-have for any Beatles fan.

 

"I'm more worried about what my dad would have thought rather than what the public thinks. I wanted to make it right for him."

"I'm more worried about what my dad would have thought rather than what the public thinks. I wanted to make it right for him."
"I'm more worried about what my dad would have thought rather than what the public thinks. I wanted to make it right for him."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PS: Forgot to mention that i have been an SRF Kriyaban for since 1989 and used to visit the gardens in Encinitas as often as I COULD. I know the great guru's presence remains there as I've seen him in my spiritual eye. I'm sure the same is true for your Dad.

      Many thanks for reading this and again with greatest love and respect,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dearest Dhani,

      I love you and your dad so very much. I watch "Concert for George" and it is so moving it makes me cry. But as George said, beware of sadness.

      I believe you Dad was an old friend of mine from a past life or something, I've resonated with him ever since I first saw him. I believe him to be one of the top 10 BEST in every way person's in the last 40 yrs.

      I am planning another trip to England as I think I've lived there in a past life as well. The first time I went, we were at the gates to Friar's park. I spoke with the little lady that lives kitty-corner who was working on her garden. Does anyone ever get to see it? I had heard of a couple of Canadians that actually went just up to the gate and actually was invited in to speak with your Dad.

      I would do anything to see the gardens, house or any part of it. I am an honest, law-abiding person. I am an RN of 35 years presently being a bit bothered by ovarian cancer. I would never do anything to injure or harm you, the property or anyone else there.

      I just feel I have to see this before I die (which could be tomorrow or in 20 years, as it is none of my business when the Lord decides to take me.

      The cancer I have is a very rare slow growing one, so I consider myself very lucky.

      Please consider this as I'm sure you have already with countless other people.

      Again I would/will do anything to accomplish this.

      With greatest respect

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dearest Dhani,

      I love you and your dad so very much. I watch "Concert for George" and it is so moving it makes me cry. But as George said, beware of sadness.

      I believe you Dad was an old friend of mine from a past life or something, I've resonated with him ever since I first saw him. I believe him to be one of the top 10 BEST in every way person's in the last 40 yrs.

      I am planning another trip to England as I think I've lived there in a past life as well. The first time I went, we were at the gates to Friar's park. I spoke with the little lady that lives kitty-corner who was working on her garden. Does anyone ever get to see it? I had heard of a couple of Canadians that actually went just up to the gate and actually was invited in to speak with your Dad.

      I would do anything to see the gardens, house or any part of it. I am an honest, law-abiding person. I am an RN of 35 years presently being a bit bothered by ovarian cancer. I would never do anything to injure or harm you, the property or anyone else there.

      I just feel I have to see this before I die (which could be tomorrow or in 20 years, as it is none of my business when the Lord decides to take me.

      The cancer I have is a very rare slow growing one, so I consider myself very lucky.

      Please consider this as I'm sure you have already with countless other people.

      Again I would/will do anything to accomplish this.

      With greatest respect

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      This lens makes me want to know even more about Dhani Harrison. Thanks for a great lens.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Oh boy, this is a beautiful tribute for Dhani Harrison. Well done and blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      George Harrison was my favorite Beatle. I loved to reread this page dedicated to his son.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

      Dom.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats, Dhani! I was born 2/25/1943. I married on 12/ 24/63 and became an ardent fan of your dad and his music o 12/24/63. I like what you and J. Lynne did on Brainwashed. Still a Beatlemaniac and proud of it! Yesterday I bought George's Let It Roll and Ringo's Y Not. I live in Oxnard, CA and would love to talk with you and your mom. True Love Richard Swan

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for making this sweet Lens! I saw Dhani on the memorial and couldn't believe how much he looks, plays, and & moves like his father. I fortunately caught a Beatles concert in '67; when I was deep in the throes of Beatlemania! LOL Also a BIG thank you for your visit to my Lenses, kind words, and angelic blessings...very appreciated. 5*, fanned, faved & rolled for you. :-)

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Fantastic! The only thing I wouldn't stick to would be the gathering of the sons... The Beatles were unique and must remain unique.

      That guy looks after his father like a clone! It's amazing!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, he's great. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very interesting. I never knew a thing about Dhani Harrison. Nice voice.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This was very interesting. Great lens topic.