I was in Los Angeles, hearing about this terrible tragedy: 100,000 refugees coming into Kolkata, and yet almost nobody knew about it… I felt I had to do something… I was in this terrible state of mind when George came to LA for a few days. He saw I was looking so sad, he was really concerned, and so I asked if he could help me. Immediately he called his friends.
Those friends included Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton Leon Russell and Ringo Starr, who all played that night as well. The concert raised $243,000 overnight, and served as model for other Rock n Roll acts of philanthropy, such as Live Aid. The event was followed up with a bestselling live album, a box set, and a concert documentary. Sales of the live album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF to this day. His legacy truly lives on.
George Harrison “My Sweet Lord”
Many artists have covered “My Sweet Lord”, including including Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Edwin Starr, Johnny Mathis, Nina Simone, Julio Iglesias, Elton John, Jim James, and Elliott Smith.
And the age-old classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” written by George