Leader of the Opposition Harold Wilson meeting the Beatles at the Variety Club Awards. (Left - right) Ringo Starr, Harold Wilson, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney. 24/5/95 : Harold Wilson died at the age of 79. * 30/11/2001: It has been announced, George Harrison, the Beatles' quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer has died, a longtime family friend told The Associated Press. Harrison, who wrote While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes the Sun, was 58.