Billboard #1 Hits: #247: “My Sweet Lord”- George Harrison. December 26, 1970. #1 for 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. The final #1 hit of 1970- and it carried over into 1971.
- Single: “My Sweet Lord”- George Harrison
- Record Company-Apple
- Genre: Folk Rock, Gospel
- Written by George Harrison
- Time: 4:39
- B-side: “It’s It A Pity”
- Album- All Things Must Pass
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, The Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Who would have thought when The Beatles broke up in 1970 that the former Beatles who would have the best year- and first #1 would be George Harrison? He had come into his own towards the end of The Beatles run- and had a back log of songs and was at his peak as a songwriter- so maybe it shouldn’t have been a shocker- “My Sweet Lord” was on George’s double album All Things Must Pass which stands all these years later as one of if not the best album made by Beatles as solo artists.
“My Sweet Lord” would cause George headaches though. He was sued for copyright infringement suit due to the similarity between “My Sweet Lord” and the Ronnie Mack’s song “He’s So Fine” the 1963 hit by The Chiffon’s “He’s So Fine.” Harrison was found to have subconsciously plagiarized the song.
“My Sweet Lord” was co-produced by Phil Spector and appearing on it were George’s old buddy Ringo and Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Klaus Voormann among other notables.
I think I’ve mentioned before that, when I was little, going out for pizza was a huge treat. If I was really lucky, my dad would give me a quarter for the juke box, which would allow me to play three songs. One of them was almost always “My Sweet Lord.” (The other two were almost always “Brandy,” by Looking Glass, and “She’s a Lady” by Tom Jones.)
Those are three good ones to pick- to go along with the pizza!
I’ve always loved this tune. I also agree “All Things Must Pass” is a great album and definitely among the best solo records by any ex-Beatle. The lawsuit was unfortunate, though the tune’s similarity to “He’s So Fine” is unquestionable – just like the opening guitar part of “Stairway to Heaven” clearly sounds like Spirit’s “Taurus.” But I guess Led Zeppelin had better lawyers!