George Harrison: “My Sweet Lord”
ALBUM: All Things Must Pass
WRITER: George Harrison
Topped the Billboard Hot 100.
The members of Badfinger were brought in by George Harrison and his co-producer Phil Spector to help build the “wall of sound” on the All Things Must Pass album by strumming acoustic guitars and adding a bit of percussion. The band’s lead guitarist, Joey Molland, says what sticks in his mind from those sessions was watching Eric Clapton do his thing on “My Sweet Lord.” “My ‘My Sweet Lord’ memory is Eric trying to work out the guitar solo while we were doing the back track. Starting out with a couple of notes and ending up with that really nice lead line. He did all that at the session while we were playing the song. I think we only did the song three or four times, but already at the end of that the note was there. You know the [sings riff], those licks and all that stuff. It was tremendous to see him work it out. I remember Eric, as well, carrying his own amp and his own guitar everywhere. He didn’t seem to have roadies with him.”
Both Badfinger and Clapton helped Harrison recreate “My Sweet Lord” live on stage at Madison Square Garden during the two Concerts for Bangladesh, which took place 45 years ago today (August 1st, 1971).