My Sweet Lord
George Harrison
Harrison George 1970 My Sweet Lord 45

I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you, lord
But it takes so long, my lord

1970
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970 for four weeks
  • double A-sided single with "Isn't It A Pity"
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1971 for five weeks
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from George Harrison's third solo album, All Things Must Pass (1970)
  • Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record ~ it appears on Preston's 1970 album, Encouraging Words
  • the first hit for Harrison as a solo artist and the first of three No. 1 singles he achieved on the Hot 100 in his career
  • ranks #460 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the first No. 1 single by an ex-Beatle
  • written by George Harrison
  • "My Sweet Lord" was clearly written with a spiritual lyrical message but Harrison had a general uneasiness of recording and ultimately releasing the song as he feared committing himself publicly to such an overt religious message: "I was sticking my neck out on the chopping block because now I would have to live up to something, but at the same time I thought 'Nobody's saying it; I wish somebody else was doing it.'"
  • produced by George Harrison, Phil Spector
  • Apple Records label
  •  in 1971, a lawsuit was filed against Harrison alleging copyright infringement of the Ronnie Mack song "He's So Fine" (a 1963 No. 1 hit for The Chiffons) ~ in 1976, a judge found that Harrison had unintentionally plagiarized the song and was ordered to pay $1.6 million in damages
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