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MY SWEET LORD

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“My Sweet Lord”

is a song by English musician and former Beatle

George Harrison

that was released in November 1970 on his triple album All Things Must Pass. Also issued as a single, Harrison’s first as a solo artist, “My Sweet Lord” topped charts worldwide and was the biggest-selling single of 1971 in the UK. In America and Britain, the song was the first number 1 single by an ex-Beatle. Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record; this version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston’s Encouraging Words album in September 1970.

Harrison wrote “My Sweet Lord” in praise of the Hindu god Krishna,[1] while at the same time intending the lyrics to serve as a call to abandon religious sectarianism through his deliberate blending of the Hebrew word hallelujah with chants of “Hare Krishna” and Vedic prayer.[2] The recording features producer Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound treatment and heralded the arrival of Harrison’s much-admired slide guitar technique, which one biographer described as being “musically as distinctive a signature as the mark of Zorro”.[3] Preston, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and the group Badfinger are among the other musicians appearing on the recording.

Later in the 1970s,

“My Sweet Lord”

was at the centre of a heavily publicised copyright infringement suit, due to its similarity to the Ronnie Mack song “He’s So Fine”, a 1963 hit for the New York girl group the Chiffons. In 1976, Harrison was found to have subconsciously plagiarised the earlier tune, a verdict that had repercussions throughout the music industry. He claimed to have used the out-of-copyright “Oh Happy Day”, a Christian hymn, as his inspiration for the song’s melody.

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18 responses to “MY SWEET LORD

  1. simonjkyte

    04/10 at 0:00

    and the 1st single i ever bought

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    • America On Coffee

      04/10 at 0:00

      What a beautiful first buy! Harrison’s voice with lyrics and music continue to touch hearts as a joyful lament!

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      • simonjkyte

        04/10 at 0:00

        I was quite young; I was obsessed with the song

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      • America On Coffee

        04/10 at 0:00

        A longing heart you have even at an early age. I myself will always love this song and hope it pleases the Lord of our desire to be close to him.

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  2. philipfontana

    04/10 at 0:00

    AOC, Good one on George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”! Unfortunately, the YouTube once klicked says “not available in certain countries.” Thanks for the two “Likes” on my “9th PastaPost” & “More Vietnam, No. 4.” –That’s a good one on Vietnam! Thanks again! Phil from excuseusforliving.com

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  3. mitchteemley

    04/10 at 0:00

    I remember the first time I heard “My Sweet Lord.” I immediately began singing “He’s So Fine” along with it, and wondered how long it would take for a lawsuit to ensue. But I never doubted that it was an unconscious “borrow” on George’s part.

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  4. Patrizia Blondett Veen

    04/10 at 0:00

    I did not know that Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

     
  5. etiliyle

    04/10 at 0:00

    Great song

    Liked by 1 person

     
  6. Forrest Pasky

    04/10 at 0:00

    You that song and that album.
    Another exceptional song on that album is “Beware of Darkness.”
    Have a great day. 🙂

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  7. Kimberly

    04/10 at 0:00

    This song calls to the human spirit and dares us to be as children, embracing eternal love – great post! Thank you

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  8. Dave

    04/10 at 0:00

    Fantastic song, a real classic! A group of us at school used to listen to the Beatles stuff, as well as Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon’s music (in the 90’s) when everybody else was listening to Oasis and the Spice Girls.

    I prefer the music of the 60’s and 70’s, such an abundance of great songs! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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