2188 My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston (1970)

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American single.

My Sweet Lord was written by George Harrison in 1969 and was first recorded by Billy Preston in 1970. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in London. The recording features The Edwin Hawkins Singers on backing vocals. The recording was produced by Billy Preston and George Harrison. It was first released on the 1970 album Encouraging Words. My Sweet Lord was released as a single in America in 1970. The B-side was Little Girl.

The song was also recorded by George Harrison in 1970. A demo version was released in 2011 on the George Harrison: Living In The Material World soundtrack. The demo version features Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman. The studio version was first released on the album All Things Must Pass in 1970. That version features Ringo Starr on drums, Klaus Voorman on bass and Billy Preston on piano. A live version recorded in 1971 at The Concert For Bangladesh features Ringo Starr on drums, Klaus Voorman on bass and Billy Preston on Hammond organ. That version was released on the 1971 album The Concert For Bangladesh. Billy Preston also recorded the song live with King Curtis in 1971. That version was first released in 2005 on the box-set Don’t Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West. The song was played during a jam session for John Lennon’s birthday in 1971. The jam included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector among others. Billy Preston performed the song live during George Harrison’s 1974 North American tour. A live version recorded by George Harrison in Japan in 1991 was released on the 1992 album Live In Japan. George Harrison re-recorded the song in 2000. That version features Dhani Harrison on acoustic guitar. It was released in 2001 on the remastered version of the All Things Must Pass album. Billy Preston performed the song live in 2002 at the Concert For George. He was joined on stage by Paul McCartney on piano, Ringo Starr on drums and Dhani Harrison on acoustic guitar. That version was released on the 2003 album Concert For George.

Now Hear This: My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1970)
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison And Friends (1971)
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1992)
My Sweet Lord (2000) – George Harrison (2001)
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston (2003)
My Sweet Lord – King Curtis And Billy Preston (2005)
My Sweet Lord (Demo) – George Harrison (2011)

1679 Oh Happy Day – The Edwin Hawkins Singers (1968)

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Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord.

Oh Happy Day was written by Edwin Hawkins in 1967. The song is based on the hymn Oh Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice written by Philip Doddridge. Oh Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice was published in 1755 and used a melody written by Johann Freylinghausen in 1704. A new melody and chorus were added by Edward F. Rimbault in 1854. Oh Happy Day was first recorded by The Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1967.It  was first released in 1968 on the album Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord. It was released as a single in 1969 with Jesus, Lover Of My Soul on the B-side. It reached number two on the UK Singles chart and number four on the Billboard chart. The song inspired George Harrison’s 1970 song My Sweet Lord.

Now Hear This: My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1970)

0803 He’s So Fine – The Chiffons (1962)

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He’s So Fine.

He’s So Fine was written by Ronald Mack in 1962. It was first recorded by The Chiffons and released as a single with Oh My Lover on the B-side. It reached number one on the Billboard Chart and number sixteen on the UK Singles chart. The song is similar to George Harrison’s 1970 song My Sweet Lord however George has denied the influence. The song’s music publishers, Bright Tunes, claimed that My Sweet Lord plagiarized He’s So Fine which resulted in a ten year court case. The Chiffons were one of The Beatles’ support acts when they played at the Washington Coliseum in 1964.

Jody Miller recorded He’s So Fine in 1971 and used a similar guitar solo to that used in My Sweet Lord. Jonathan King recorded He’s So Fine in the style of My Sweet Lord in 1976. The Chiffons recorded a version of My Sweet Lord in 1975.

Now Hear This: My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1970)