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While the case was on hold, Harrison and his former bandmates Lennon and Starr chose to sever ties with Klein at the end of March — an acrimonious split that led to further lawsuits for the three ex-Beatles. His final offer of 40 per cent of "My Sweet Lord"'s US composer's and publisher's royalties, along with a stipulation that he retain copyright for his song, was viewed as a "good one" by Bright's legal representation, yet the offer was rejected.

According to journalist Bob Woffindenwriting inthe case would most likely have been settled privately, as so many had been in the past, had Mack still been alive and had "personal ownership of the copyright" been a factor. Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music went to the United States district court on 23 Februaryto hear evidence on the allegation of plagiarism. The judge presiding was Richard Owena classical musician and composer of operas in his spare time. After reconvening in Septemberthe court found that Harrison had subconsciously copied "He's So Fine", since he admitted to having been aware of Album) Chiffons' recording.

Did Harrison deliberately use the music of "He's So Fine"? I do not believe he did so deliberately. This is, under the law, infringement of copyright, and is no less so even though subconsciously accomplished. During the drawn-out damages portion of the US suit, events played into Harrison's hands when Klein's ABKCO Industries purchased the copyright to "He's So Fine", and with it all litigation claims, [] after which Klein proceeded to negotiate sale of the song to Harrison.

The litigation continued through to the early s, as the finer points of the settlement were decided. In his essay on Bright Tunes v. HarrisongsJoseph Self describes it as "without question, one of the longest running legal battles ever to be litigated in [the United States]". The ruling set new legal precedents and was a personal blow for Harrison, who said he was too "paranoid" to write anything new for some time afterwards.

Ward as the inspiration for his Ringo's Rotogravure song "Lady Gaye". Look, I'd be willing, every time I write a song, if somebody will have a computer and I can just play any new song into it, and the computer will say, "Sorry" or, "OK". The last thing I want to do is keep spending my life in court. Shortly before the ruling was handed down in SeptemberHarrison wrote and recorded a song inspired by the court case — the upbeat " This Song ". I know the motive behind writing the song in the first place and its effect far exceeded the legal hassle.

According to Woffinden, the ruling came as no surprise in the US. Woffinden commented that, as ofno comparable action over copyright infringement had been launched despite the continuation of this tradition; he cited the appropriation of aspects of Harrison's song " Taxman " in the Jam 's recent number 1 hit " Start! When asked to comment on the decision in a interview, Starr said: "There's no doubt that the tune is similar but how many songs have been written with other melodies in mind?

George's version is much heavier than the Chiffons — he might have done it with the original in the back of his mind, but he's just very unlucky that someone wanted to make it a test case in court. He's smarter than that He could have changed a couple of bars in that song and nobody could ever have touched him, but he just let it go and paid the price.

Maybe he thought God would just sort of let him off. AllMusic's Richie Unterberger says of the song's international popularity: "'My Sweet Lord' has a quasi-religious feel, but nevertheless has enough conventional pop appeal to reach mainstream listeners who may or may not care to dig into the spiritual lyrical message.

According to music historians David Luhrssen and Michael Larson, "My Sweet Lord" "became an early battleground over music as intellectual property" and the ruling against Harrison "opened a floodgate of suits over allegedly similar melodies and chord progressions".

Sacks added that Owen had displayed "psychological insight and sympathy" in deeming Harrison's infringement to have been "subconsciously accomplished". Due to the plagiarism suit, "My Sweet Lord" became stigmatised. As a running gag in the show, Harrison interrupts the proceedings, hoping for an acting role as "Pirate Bob", dressed in a pirate costume with a parrot on his shoulder.

This performance is known as "The Pirate Song", co-written by Harrison and Idle, [] and the recording is only available unofficially on bootleg compilations such as Pirate Songs.

In JanuaryHarrison included a new version of the song as a bonus track on the remastered All Things Must Pass album. This version also appeared on the January posthumous release of the "My Sweet Lord" charity CD single, comprising the original "My Sweet Lord", Harrison's reworking, and the acoustic run-through of " Let It Down " with recent overdubsanother bonus track.

During his North American tourHarrison's only one there as a solo artist, he performed "My Sweet Lord" as the encore at each show. Harrison's second and final solo tour took place in Japan in Decemberwith Clapton's band. Its coinciding with a trend for spirituality in rock music ensured it was frequently performed on religious-themed television shows.

The song was also popular among supper club performers following recordings by Sympathy - Badfinger - Airwaves (Vinyl such as Johnny Mathis. The song was accepted as an authentic work in the gospel tradition; [] in music journalist Chris Ingham's description, it became a "genuine gospel classic". By the late s, "My Sweet Lord" was the most covered song written and released by any of the former Beatles since the band's break-up.

According to Simon Leng and Bruce Spizer except where notedthe following musicians are believed to have played on Harrison's original version of "My Sweet Lord": [49] [53]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. For other uses, see My Sweet Lord disambiguation. The litigation continued through to the early s, as the finer points of the settlement were decided. In his essay on Bright Tunes v. HarrisongsJoseph Self describes it as "without question, one of the longest running legal battles ever to be litigated in [the United States]".

The ruling set new legal precedents and was a personal blow for Harrison, who said he was too "paranoid" to write anything new for some time afterwards. Ward as the inspiration for his Ringo's Rotogravure song "Lady Gaye". Look, I'd be willing, every time I write a song, if somebody will have a computer and I can just play any new song into it, and the computer will say, "Sorry" or, "OK".

The last thing I want to do is keep spending my life in court. Shortly before the ruling was handed down in SeptemberHarrison wrote and recorded a song inspired by the court case — the upbeat " This Song ".

I know the motive behind writing the song in the first place and its effect far exceeded the legal hassle. According to Woffinden, the ruling came as no surprise in the US. Woffinden commented that, as ofno comparable action over copyright infringement had been launched despite the continuation of this tradition; he cited the appropriation of aspects of Harrison's song " Taxman " in the Jam 's recent number 1 hit " Start!

When asked to comment on the decision in a interview, Starr said: "There's no doubt that the tune is similar but how many songs have been written with other melodies in mind? George's version is much heavier than the Chiffons — he might have done it with the original in the back of his mind, but he's just very unlucky that someone wanted to make it a test case in court.

He's smarter than that He could have changed a couple of bars in that song and nobody could ever have touched him, but he just let it go and paid the price. Maybe he thought God would just sort of let him off. AllMusic's Richie Unterberger says of the song's international popularity: "'My Sweet Lord' has a quasi-religious feel, but nevertheless has enough conventional pop appeal to reach mainstream listeners who may or may not care to dig into the spiritual lyrical message.

According to music historians David Luhrssen and Michael Larson, "My Sweet Lord" "became an early battleground over music as intellectual property" and the ruling against Harrison "opened a floodgate of suits over allegedly similar melodies and chord progressions". Sacks added that Owen had displayed "psychological insight and sympathy" in deeming Harrison's infringement to have been "subconsciously accomplished".

Due to the plagiarism suit, "My Sweet Lord" became stigmatised. As a running gag in the show, Harrison interrupts the proceedings, hoping for an acting role as "Pirate Bob", dressed in a pirate costume with a parrot on his shoulder.

This performance is known as "The Pirate Song", co-written by Harrison and Idle, [] and the recording is only available unofficially on bootleg compilations such as Pirate Songs. In JanuaryHarrison included a new version of the song as a bonus track on the remastered All Things Must Pass album. This version also appeared on the January posthumous release of the "My Sweet Lord" charity CD single, comprising the original "My Sweet Lord", Harrison's reworking, and the acoustic run-through of " Let It Down " with recent overdubsanother bonus track.

During his North American tourHarrison's only one there as a solo artist, he performed "My Sweet Lord" as the encore at each show. Harrison's second and final solo tour took place in Japan in LPwith Clapton's band.

Its coinciding with a trend for spirituality in rock music ensured it was frequently performed on religious-themed television shows. The song was also popular among supper club performers following recordings by artists such as Johnny Mathis. The song was accepted as an authentic work in the gospel tradition; [] in music journalist Chris Ingham's description, it became a "genuine gospel classic". By the late s, "My Sweet Lord" was the most covered song written and released by any of the former Beatles since the band's break-up.

According to Simon Leng and Bruce Spizer except where notedthe following musicians are believed to have played on Harrison's original version of "My Sweet Lord": [49] [53]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. For other uses, see My Sweet Lord disambiguation. The balance was all there, it was so incredibly full — an enormous acoustic guitar sound without any double tracking or anything. Just all of us going at once, straight on. Harrisongs Music, Ltd.

Court, SD New York George Harrison, 'My Sweet Lord'"rollingstone. The Independent. Retrieved 27 August Australian Chart Book — ISBN Irish Recorded Music Association.

Archived from the original enter "George Harrison" into the "Search by Artist" box, then select "Search" on 21 July It reached number one in Britain again when re-released in Januarytwo months after Harrison's death. Band leader Delaney Bramlett 's later version of events is that the idea originated from Harrison asking him how to go about writing a genuine gospel song, [6] and that Bramlett demonstrated by scat singing the words "Oh my Lord" while wife Bonnie and singer Rita Coolidge added gospel "hallelujah"s in reply.

Preston said he played some chords on a backstage piano and the Bramletts began singing "Oh my Lord" and "Hallelujah". According to Preston: "George took it from there and wrote the verses. It was very impromptu. We never thought it would be a hit. Using as his inspiration the Edwin Hawkins Singers ' rendition of an eighteenth-century Christian hymn, " Oh Happy Day ", [3] [18] Harrison continued working on the theme. The lyrics of "My Sweet Lord" reflect Harrison's often-stated desire for a direct relationship with God, expressed in simple words that all believers could affirm, regardless of their religion.

And if there is a soul, we must perceive it. Once I chanted it for like three days non-stop, driving through Europe, and you just get hypnotised Following this verse, in response to the main vocal's repetition of the song title, Harrison devised a choral line singing the Hebrew word of praise, "hallelujah", common in the Christian and Jewish religions.

These Sanskrit words are the main mantra of the Hare Krishna faith, with which Harrison identified, [5] [26] [27] although he did not belong to any spiritual organisation.

Following the Sanskrit lines, "hallelujah" is sung twice more before the mantra repeats, [31] along with an ancient Vedic prayer. Religious academic Joshua Greene, one of the Radha Krishna Temple devotees intranslates the lines as follows: "I offer homage to my guru, who is as great as the creator Brahma, the maintainer Vishnu, the destroyer Shiva, and who is the very energy of God. Several commentators cite the mantra and the simplicity of Harrison's lyrics as central to the song's universality.

All of us — Christian, Hindu, MuslimJew, Buddhist — can address our gods in the same way, using the same phrase ['my sweet Lord']. With the Beatles still together officially in DecemberHarrison had no plans to make a solo album of his own and reportedly intended to offer "My Sweet Lord" to Edwin Hawkins.

Preston's version of "My Sweet Lord" differs from Harrison's later reading in that the "hallelujah" refrain appears from the start of the song and, rather than the full mantra section, the words "Hare Krishna" are sung only twice throughout the whole track.

Preston's "My Sweet Lord" was a minor hit in Europe when issued as a single there in September[41] but otherwise, Encouraging Words made little impression commercially. There, "My Sweet Lord" climbed to number 90 on the Billboard Hot by the end of February[44] helped by the enormous success of Harrison's version.

Five months after the Olympic session, with the Beatles having broken up"My Sweet Lord" was one of 30 or more tracks that Harrison recorded for his All Things Must Pass triple album. He must have had that in triplicate, six-part harmony, before we decided on two-part harmony.

Perfectionist is not the word He was beyond that. He just had to have it so right. He would try and try and experiment upon experiment He'd do the same with the background vocals. Leng describes the completed recording as a "painstakingly crafted tableau" of sound, beginning with a bank of "chiming" acoustic guitars and the "flourish" of zither strings that introduces Harrison's slide-guitar motif.

This rock version of the song was markedly different from the "Oh Happy Day"-inspired gospel arrangement in musical and structural terms, [7] aligning Harrison's composition with pop music conventions, but also drawing out the similarities of its melody line with that of the Chiffons' hit " He's So Fine ".

Before arriving in New York on 28 October to carry out mastering on All Things Must PassHarrison had announced that no single would be issued — so as not to "detract from the impact" of the album.

Harrison was opposed to the release but relented to Apple's wishes. Public demand via constant airplay in Britain led to a belated UK release, [77] on 15 January Album) Harrison's version of "My Sweet Lord" was an international number 1 hit Sympathy - Badfinger - Airwaves (Vinyl the end of and through the early months of You know when a record starts on the radio, and it's great, and you think, 'Oh, what is this, what is this, what is this?

Writing for Rolling Stone inMikal Gilmore said "My Sweet Lord" was "as pervasive on radio and in youth consciousness as anything the Beatles had produced". The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on 14 December for sales of over 1 million copies. In Britain, "My Sweet Lord" entered the charts at number 7, before hitting number 1 on 30 January [99] and staying there for five weeks. The single's worldwide sales amounted to 5 million copies bymaking it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

An affirmation of independence All Things Must Pass was an unconditional triumph for Harrison Reviewing the single for Rolling StoneJon Landau called the track "sensational".

Smith said the song "seems to owe something" to "He's So Fine", [] [] and Gerson called it an "obvious re-write". Led by the single, the album encouraged widespread recognition of Harrison as a solo artist and revised views of the nature of the Beatles' creative leadership. In a January review for NMEDerek Johnson expressed surprise at Apple's delay in releasing the single in the UK, and stated: "In my opinion, this record — finally and irrevocably — establishes George as a talent equivalent to either Lennon or McCartney.

He deemed "My Sweet Lord" "the most instant and the most commercial" track on All Things Must Passadding that the single release was long overdue and a solution for those put off by the high price of the triple LP. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. For other uses, see My Sweet Lord disambiguation. The balance was all there, it was so incredibly full — an enormous acoustic guitar sound without any double tracking or anything.

Just all of us going at once, straight on. Harrisongs Music, Ltd. Court, SD New York George Harrison, 'My Sweet Lord'"rollingstone. The Independent. Retrieved 27 August Australian Chart Book — ISBN Irish Recorded Music Association.

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Retrieved 1 May Retrieved 2 May Retrieved 10 June Retrieved 25 June Retrieved 10 December Oricon Sales Report in Japanese. Tokyo : Oricon Style. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 October British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 May Recording Industry Association of America. Dale C. Joshua M. Chris Hunt ed. London, Elliot J.

Ashley Kahn ed. John P. All Things Must Pass. Early Takes: Volume 1. George Harrison. The Concert for Bangladesh Live in Japan. Is This What You Want? George Harrison singles discography.

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