September 5, 2012
When The Beatles disbanded, it signaled a coming out party for George Harrison. He had always been over-shadowed by the team of Lennpn/McCartney. His 1970 album, ALL THINGS MUST PASS, remains one of the classics in rock ‘n’ roll history and quickly proved that he was a first rate songwriter..
The first single release from his chart-topping debut was the number one “My Sweet Lord'” which was a difficult act to follow.
“What Is Life” has always been one of my favorite Harrison songs. The guitar intro leads into a smooth rock tune that just flows along. It may not have been as big a hit as “My Sweet Lord” but it did reach number 10 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It may be somewhat lost at times on the ALL THINGS MUST PASS triple album but it remains one of the better tracks of the early 1970s.
December 9, 2010
Billy Preston was the ultimate session man but sometimes people forget he placed 16 singles on The United States charts himself including two that went all the way to number one.
At one time he was considered the fifth Beatle. The “Get Beack ” single was released as by The Beatles with Billy Preston.
He released “My Sweet Lord” as a single during early 1971. George Harrison himself produced the song for Preston. It stalled at number 90 on its three weeks on the charts but his soulful interpretation would become one of his concert staples.
The above vidio is taken from THE CONCERT FOR GEOGRE with Eric Clapton on acoustic guitar. Also present are Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, and Tom Petty. It was one of the highlights of this tribute concert given a year after Harrison’s death.
December 9, 2010
“My Sweet Lord” was George Harrison’s coming out party. He had trouble getting his songs onto Beatles albums due to the Lennon and McCartney juggernaut. It seems as if he had all these songs salted away and they were released on ALL THINGS MUST PASS. That album would become a standard of its era as it topped the American charts for seven weeks.
“My Sweet Lord” was the lead single from the album and remains the biggest hit of his career as it topped The American singles charts for four weeks. It may have been spiritual in content but remains instantly recognizable.