My Sweet Lord (4:34)

Cover of The Best of George Harrison

From The Best of George Harrison and 23 other releases

“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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  • midliferickman

    If given the opportunity to have lunch with one of the Beatles, I would choose George. I bet he would offer the most insightful and sincere retrospective of the Beatles. (not the same old, tired stories we get from Macca) And he'd probably have some great things to say about spirituality and life, in general. RIP, George..."The Quiet Beatle".

    13 Jun 5:09pm Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Harrison at his best[2]

    10 Jun 10:23am Reply
  • Jeff_ef

    just good

    3 Jun 6:59pm Reply
  • Stilf


    27 May 11:24am Reply
  • Roy787

    Great song.

    28 Apr 8:34pm Reply
  • Acanfufu

    Harrison at his best

    23 Apr 11:38am Reply
  • apostolicupci

    good song.

    1 Apr 4:03pm Reply
  • robveiga

    There is no doubt the musical quality of the fabulous four Beatles individually, George is fantastic too

    1 Apr 11:11am Reply
  • theparkerfamily

    blasting music with headphones on at this point in time and i come across this jam. god is good. i pray god's peace, love, and light from on high into your lives here and now in jesus name. matthew

    15 Mar 6:24am Reply
  • KelvenAraujo


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  • SUPpro

    He quietly got on and did a lot that was really good for many, as well as penning many of the greatest tracks for the Beatles and some lovely ones since. All round nice guy from what I have been told by those lucky enough to have known him - His work and influence lives on in many forms, but he is greatly missed. Thanks for everything George - R.I.P.

    8 Mar 9:26pm Reply
  • diegodasnovinha

    Awwwwww <3

    27 Feb 1:25am Reply
  • eins-zwei-3

    wunderbar...einmaligerGreat-Song....<3 -.,.-+ä-.,.-ä+.

    20 Feb 6:35pm Reply
  • sharv11

    <3 forever!

    20 Feb 10:55am Reply
  • PennyTraition

    I quite agree George was the most underrated Beatle/singer in his own right. This is just BEAUTIFUL; can reduce me to tears so fast-and it's only a dream away to get back again! Proud to be a supporter of the Minority Rights Group; Love Has No Government, You Can't Help Who You Fall In Love With! Peace X.

    18 Jan 11:40am Reply
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