My Sweet Lord (4:34)

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“My Sweet Lord” is a song by former Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison from his UK number one hit triple album All Things Must Pass. The song is primarily about Hindu God Krishna. It is ranked #454 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Writing and recording

The song was originally intended for Billy Preston, who had a minor hit with it in early 1970, in his album Encouraging Words. It was written in December 1969, when Harrison and Billy Preston were in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The recording of the song took place in London. Preston was the principal musician while Harrison was engineering the sessions.

Single release

When released as a single, “My Sweet Lord” topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. In October, 1970, Harrison told the British press that it was going to be his first solo single, but a few days later he changed his mind and said it would not be made available thus, as he did not want sales in that format to detract from those of the album. (The other three former Beatles had also released solo albums earlier that year, without releasing a single in Britain from any of them). It was released as a single in the US (Apple 2995) on 23 November 1970. Within a few weeks, EMI and Apple Records bowed to media and public demand, and the UK release (Apple R 5884) followed on 15 January 1971.

Entering the British charts in the first week at #7 and then hitting the summit for five weeks, it was the first single by an ex-Beatle to reach #1. It did so again in the UK when reissued in January 2002 after Harrison’s death from cancer.

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  • MackSpane

    The music of the Beatles is STILL great. Harrison's writing was never inspired by Lennon, at least not in any large part. The Beatles would have stayed together far longer if someone had assassinated Yoko Ono long before they got to Lennon.

    Yesterday 11:18pm Reply
  • olminok

    I love all The Beatles they are Great

    15 Apr 9:04pm Reply
  • hebejeebies

    I disagree Lennon had more composing talent. Think he was harrisons mentor.

    13 Apr 7:14pm Reply
  • websrfr

    Under-rated musician as a Beatle - Miss you, George.

    4 Apr 1:08am Reply
  • cjfreckles

    really wanta know you

    16 Mar 5:47pm Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Spiritual

    13 Mar 12:48am Reply
  • shellbyrne

    BLISS

    28 Feb 3:07pm Reply
  • pikininah

    Love it! And really miss you! <3

    21 Feb 11:04pm Reply
  • cyberpalawrence

    I like George Harrison, MY Sweet Lord. Nice song, nice lyrics. Great Writer.

    11 Feb 5:54pm Reply
  • websrfr

    Beatles may have lasted longer if they would've let George write more songs.

    24 Jan 12:45am Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    ...hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare...

    21 Jan 1:03am Reply
  • gmoreb160

    i really miss u

    6 Jan 5:32am Reply
  • Szafira12

    Hare Krishna! :) [2]

    5 Jan 6:50pm Reply
  • G0DSTAR

    The best Beatle IMO.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • oldchap2

    By George he's got it.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tomrud73

    BRILLIANT. even if you are not overtly 'religious' this song still resonates.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LucasBloomOne

    Hare Krishna! :)

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • robertwneal

    One of George's finest. Very moving. In fact it moved George to the courtroom to defend himself against copy writing charges by the Chiffons. They claimed it infringed on their song "He's So Fine." This prompted George to write the Brite (Bright) Song in response to their claim. It was a statement that they won't be suing him over this one.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Paul and Linda were so in love, it was nice to have that in world......oh wait this is George? Sorry. Screw Paul and Linda. George rocked

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lastisbest

    The Beatles were all FAB but George was the sweetest of the lot and his talent was under rated.

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
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