Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970 : “My Sweet Lord”- George Harrison. November 28, 1970.
- Single: “My Sweet Lord”- George Harrison
- Record Company- Apple
- Genre: Rock
- Written by George Harrison
- Time: 4:35
- B-side:”Isn’t It A Pity”
- Album- All Things Must Pass
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 14 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
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 buddies Ringo ,Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Klaus Voormann among other notables.
George from 1970-2002 would have 17 Hot 100 singles and 13 Top 40 hits. He had 3 #1’s- “My Sweet Lord” 1970, “Give Me Love” 1973 and “Got My Mind Set On You” 1987.
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I personally never felt there was that close a resemblance of this song to “He’s So Fine”. But what a masterpiece it is. Another one of my favorite songs by Harrison is his wonderful tribute to Lennon “All Those Years Ago”.
A great song & great concept by George…even if he did copy the melody. The older I get, the more I appreciate him and his music.