"I've known George forever and he's a really beautiful guy who I love dearly. He was a great guy, full of love for humanity. ... When I saw him last time he was obviously very unwell but he was cracking jokes like he always was, and he'll be sorely missed." -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney.

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George was a best friend of mine. I loved him very much and I will miss him greatly. ... We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter." -- Former Beatle Ringo Starr.

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"His life was magical and we all felt we had shared a little bit of it by knowing him." -- Yoko Ono, widow of former Beatle John Lennon.

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"He was a very lovable person. I would say he was the major cog in The Beatles at that time. He kept them together probably because of the calming effect he had." -- Alan Williams, The Beatles' first manager.

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"George Harrison was one of the world's few good men, one of the better people I ever met. I will and the world will miss him. He was truly loved." -- "Godfather of Soul" James Brown.

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"I am very saddened by George's death and will miss him enormously. As a guitarist, he invented many classic lines that were much copied by others and he wrote several very beautiful songs that we will always remember." -- Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones lead singer.

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"To me, George was, always will be, above all, a real gentleman, in the full meaning of the word. We both felt we held similar positions in our respective bands, which formed a special knowing bond between us. Let's hope he's jamming with John." -- Keith Richards, Rolling Stone guitarist.

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"George, always called the quiet Beatle, he never stopped talking when I was with him. He had an enormous number of friends who were terribly loyal to him, and will be very saddened." -- Michael Palin of Monty Python's Flying Circus, who worked with Harrison to produce the film "Life of Brian."

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"It was my sitar and Indian music which connected me to George in the beginning, but very soon our relationship went beyond that. He was a friend, disciple and son to me. George was a brave and beautiful soul, full of love, child-like humor and a deep spirituality." -- Sitar musician Ravi Shankar.

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"As he said himself, how do you compare with the genius of John and Paul? But he did, very well." -- Bob Geldof, musician, activist and Harrison acquaintance who got advice from Harrison while organizing the "Live Aid" charity concert.

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"I am horribly saddened by the death of George Harrison. While we were not personal friends, I think that just like everybody in the world, I have always considered all the Beatles to be my friends. Their arrival in America in 1964 was electrifying, one of the most exciting things that ever happened in my life, and their music has always and will always mean so much to me." -- Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

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"He triumphed, because on their final album his songs were the highlight." -- Alan Clayson, Harrison's biographer.

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"I'm sure I speak for all Beatles fans when I say I'm absolutely heartbroken. Until now there has always been the hope of a reunion, perhaps with Julian Lennon standing in for his dad. It really is the end of a dream, the end of an era." -- John Chambers, Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society.

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"It's a sad day for rock and roll." -- Pete Degan, 42, among the fans who gathered before dawn Friday at Strawberry Fields, a section of New York City's Central Park created in memory of John Lennon.