When the Beatles first burst onto the pop culture landscape in the early '60s, the group's fans and the press had little trouble slotting three out of the four mop-topped rockers -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr -- into clearly defined identities. Specifically, they were the "Smart One," the "Cute One" and the "Funny One," respectively. But lead guitarist George Harrison's personality proved more difficult to sum up in a pithy two-word phrase. As a result, he was saddled with the vague moniker of the "Quiet One," which seemed to imply, quite unfairly, that he was somehow less interesting and vibrant than his bandmates. In the group's early years, it's true that Harrison took a backseat to the dynamic duo of Lennon and McCartney. But by the time the group disbanded in 1970, he had emerged as a strong artist and individual in his own right; in fact, his first post-Beatles record All Things Must Pass, outsold his former bandmates' initial solo albums, McCartney and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
The Quiet Beatle makes some noise in Martin Scorsese's admiring documentary.