The Tragedy of George Harrison

Any person who tried to follow the solo careers of the Beatles know that they weren’t all that great. Yes, John Lennon had Imagine, and Paul McCartney did well with Wings. Ringo Starr had… well… uh…

Then there was George Harrison with  “My Sweet Lord”. Harrison had it pretty tough after the Beatles split up. He was mostly overshadowed by Lennon and McCartney, he found himself experimenting with his spirituality, having affairs and then his wife left him for Eric Clapton. (Guess who the song “Layla”  was all about…) But at least he had “My Sweet Lord” right?

Wrong.

Check this out

Here is a side by side comparison on “My Sweet Lord” and the song “He’s So Fine”

There seems to be a wee bit of a correlation between the sound of one song and the other. It just so happens, what George Harrison did (“making” a song that sounds so much like the other) constitutes musical plagiarism. George Harrison would be sued for plagiarism, and in an awkward turn of events, the record company he worked for bought the rights to “He’s So Fine” which technically meant that they received the rights to sue him. Which they did.

So while John and Paul were hailed as musical revolutionaries and Ringo was married to the alluring Russian spy from “The Spy Who Loved Me”, poor George Harrison lost his wife, got pegged as a plagiarist, and was sued by his own record company.

Oh yeah, and he died. My sweet lord…

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One response to “The Tragedy of George Harrison

  1. I read that while still in the Beatles, Ringo Starr would repeatedly try to compose some songs of his own. When he thought he had something going, he’d start singing it for his band-mates, and after a few bars, they’d name what song he was ripping off. He wasn’t even aware he was “borrowing” from someone else till it was pointed out to him.

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