THE BEATLES TOP 60 SOLO SONGS: #53: “BANGLA DESH”- GEORGE HARRISON

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The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #53: “Bangla Desh”- George Harrison.

George Harrison’s great friend and musical guru Ravi Shankar came to him and told him about the crisis going on in Bangla Desh- which had suffered from a cyclone and war- and asked Harrison if there was anything he could do to help? George sprang into action-by writing this song and releasing it as a single- it peaked at #23 in the US and #10 in the UK. It would be called the first ever pop charity single. The single was released in July 1971. On August 1, 1971- six weeks of work by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar resulted in The Concert For Bangla Desh- at Madison Square Garden. There were two concerts and afternoon and an evening concert- drawing 40,000 plus people. George was able to collect a great roster of musicians to play- the big one being his friend Bob Dylan. $250,000 from gate receipts were sent to Bangladesh relief and over the years the film and album of the concert has raised over $12 million. Ravi Shankar decades later said-“In one day, the whole world knew the name of Bangladesh. It was a fantastic occasion.” Te Concert For Bangladesh would inspire countless benefit concerts that have followed it over the past 5 decades.

 

3 responses to “THE BEATLES TOP 60 SOLO SONGS: #53: “BANGLA DESH”- GEORGE HARRISON

  1. The Bangladesh Concert is definitely in my top 10 favorite live concerts and more like in my top 5. Ravi and his crew playing was out of this world. Leon singing with George was a piece of true heaven on earth even if the camera people didn’t know what the hell they were doing.

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