George Harrison would have been 81: 'He was about as ordinary as you could get'

Friday, February 23, 2024

In November 1976, David Cahn, in charge of Midwest promotions for Warner Bros. Records, was summoned to a Chicago hotel, where he learned the new client he and other regional managers would be working with was George Harrison.

It was six years after the Beatles broke up, and Dark Horse Records, the record label Harrison founded, was now to be distributed and marketed by Warner Bros. Records. The regional managers would be promoting Harrison’s seventh studio album, “Thirty Three & 1/3,” with the team’s goal of making the album a No. 1 seller.

“It was such a thrill to be able to meet George,” said Cahn, who grew up in Rochester and lives in the Buffalo area. “I think the Beatles were the best group ever, and he was my favorite Beatle growing up.”

Cahn, had been in the music industry at that point for six years, the first four as a disc jockey at FM rock radio station WPHD in Buffalo during the golden era of underground, free-form radio. After the station was sold, he went to work for Warner Bros.




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