George Harrison’s widow Olivia has been named a new board member of one of the US recording industry’s key bodies, while in other news, some of George’s videos have arrived on his YouTube channel.
Olivia was announced last Thursday (August 28) as one of six new members of the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Foundation, under the continuing chairmanship of Bill Silva, president of Bill Silva Entertainment. MusiCares gives help to music industry members in matters of financial, medical and personal emergency, and focuses on health and welfare matters among the music community.
Harrison’s other industry work includes her co-founding of the Romanian Angel Appeal charity with Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach, Yoko Ono and Elton John, which was set up to provide aid to children in Romania. She was also the co-producer of the ‘Concert for George’ in 2003 and the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ in 2011.
Meanwhile, George’s millions of fans can now enjoy several of the former Beatle’s music videos for his solo catalogue at his dedicated YouTube channel, to which three promo films were added last week. They include the live performance of his 1973 hit ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’ in Japan in 1991, a visit commemorated by the ‘Live In Japan’ album the following year; and two of the hit singles from 1987’s ‘Cloud Nine’ album, produced by George with Jeff Lynne, ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘This Is Love.’